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This is a shot of Finley (left), Harmony (right) and a young boy that they both met at a barbecue we attended recently. As you can see, they had a great time :)

On a more technical note ...

If you've taken a look at the original image you will have noticed that it's quite a bit darker than this version. With the benefit of hindsight I think I probably should have shot a lighter version, and sacrificed some of the background detail, but at the time I decided to expose for the highlights and leave the rest to post-production. That said, the final image does work, but was a lot harder to process than it might have been; particularly in terms of retaining a natural looking tonal balance between the different areas of the image.

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comment by Dan McNab at 11:42 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

Cute shot Dave. You can totally see how much fun the kids had, and it's very much reflected in the light tone of the image. I love how you were able to lighten it up so much without losing all the different textures in the shot. Very nice.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

Lot's of joy and fun is captured in this image! Delightful moment. Love the black and white processing.

comment by djib at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

Fantastic grey tones. I love the kids attitude, they seem to have much fun.

comment by steve deer at 01:40 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

dave... this is superb! the only niggle I have is the highlight next to the middle boy's eye. But I didn't notice it until i hit the 'show original' link... would be good if it could be cloned out in some way.

comment by Steve L at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

what is the trick for seeing the original again?

comment by Dan Kaufman at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

I know what you mean--re shots with the subject in the shadows and bright sun all around. Never-the-less, you did a fine Chromasia-signature job on post-processing !!

Oh to be a kid again !!! They look so happy !!

comment by Cristian Tibirna at 03:32 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

At first I wasn't at all sure about the choice of (b/w) treatment. But then, put in the perspective of the original and taking in the match of the mood of the subject with the lightness acquired in the final image, I agree that the choice was good. It makes me smile the tiniest bit of lack of assurance in the laugh of the kids. It's clear they are good _but new_ friends ;-)

comment by Tom at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2010

Cool composition with the hammock drawing your eyes in. They looked like they had an awesome time. :-)

comment by Marcie at 06:56 PM (GMT) on 1 August, 2010

Such a joyous summer image...and I especially love how you processed this..rendering it completely timeless.

comment by djn1 at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 2 August, 2010

Thanks everyone.

Steve: yes, removing the overly bright spot would probably be a good idea.

comment by Jasper at 03:23 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2010

Very spontaneous group portrait. With kids this is always hard :)
I think the b/w conversion contributes the the summer feeling in the picture.