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This is a shot of Harmony, sitting by the pool outside our holiday apartment. For most of the week we were away she had a great time but, inevitably, there were some moments that were clearly less enjoyable than others. This was definitely one of them :)

In other news: we've just added our first Critique Slot Screencast to our Photoshop Tutorials. The basic idea is that I work through and critique one of our member's images, then reprocess the original RAW file to produce a new version. It was an interesting experience for me, not least because I'm much more used to writing tutorials than producing screencasts, but it's had some really great feedback so far s we'll definitely be doing more of them.

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3x2 + children [portraits] + show the original
comment by ROB at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2010

The title says it all for me. I can though imagine not too long after this was taken her turning back with a smile.

comment by jack borland at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2010

nice capture

comment by Adam Stevens at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2010

David, I don't think your missing anything. (I would be happy with an average of 2 comments per post!) You've put up a number of shots of your little one's all in succession... Until I read the photograph title it looked more like a "missed moment" than your normal "captured moment". The processing is spot on (IMHO). but there is a little bit too much disconnect from the subject. I think. But if she were my little girl, it would have gone up on my blog. So there you go.

comment by djn1 at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2010

ROB: yep, she cheered up about 5 minutes later :)

Jack: thanks.

Adam: interestingly, the fact that she's not engaged with the camera is the thing that I like most about this one, probably because a lot of my recent portraits of the kids are more engaging. I can see what you mean though about the disconnection.

comment by David Kelly at 12:09 AM (GMT) on 3 July, 2010

As a father of a young child, I can imagine immediately after this capture you either had a tongue stuck out at you or a very vehement "leave me alone!" shouted at you.
I like the image and the 'thoughtful' disengagement from the camera. I think it would work very well with a more square crop to eleminate the brick work on the right.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:50 AM (GMT) on 3 July, 2010

She is trying her best, but family, pool and vacation probably won the day. Love the "show original" feature. You gave her a hair cut :) Great processing.