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I took this a couple of days ago: I’d just got my new 420EX Speedlite, and was playing around taking various shots of nothing in particular and caught our daughter as she momentarily paused for a while. She’d been alternating between shouting at her sisters and watching something on television, and then she just stood still for a while. I took a few shots, but wasn’t particularly concentrating, so didn’t check the settings on the camera as I had no intention of keeping any of them. This shot, as a consequence, was very flat and underexposed by about two stops (not surprisingly).

Rather than just delete these test shots I had a quick look through them and really liked this one. The end result is more to do with the magic of Photoshop than anything else, but it does capture something of the elfin nature of our daughter – sometimes she can look quite unbelievably ethereal.

And finally, after some gently prodding from Neil Bayliss (pixpopuli), I’ve amended my templates so I can use bigger images; i.e. 700x525px (landsape format). I’ve put up new versions of my most recent images, and may get around to doing some of the older ones at some point soon.

4x3 + children [portraits]
comment by amanda at 03:48 AM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

this is insanely gorgeous

comment by spunwithtears at 05:22 AM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

Wonderful. Like a watercolor painting, only better.

comment by lou at 09:47 AM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

Looks angelic, simply beautifull!

comment by Wen at 12:09 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004


comment by Riri at 12:33 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

I wish I had words. This is purely beautiful.

comment by jane at 02:14 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

What an angelic sweetie!!!!! I like the fact that she is off centre of the image, far more natural, as if she is about to toddle off and find some mischief ;-)

comment by Gadisa at 02:51 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

so pure ... looks like a painting!

comment by m a z i a r at 04:33 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2004

lovely captured, interesting pose.

comment by Kate at 01:56 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2004


comment by kane at 04:33 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2004

Beautiful child. Beautiful photograph.

comment by Jasmin at 09:10 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2004

The first thing I was drawn to was her expression. Wonderfully taken. :)

comment by Tom at 02:31 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2004

Very Nice. Kids are a great subject and you have captured the moment perfectly.

comment by jamieanne at 10:16 AM (GMT) on 18 February, 2004

A very beautiful child; such gorgeous eyes!

comment by freddyfries at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 8 December, 2004

Hi David,

First off this is my first post, so I just wanted to say I find your site truly inspirational. I am just getting into digital photography and find myself coming back daily to see the developments here. This particular image enchants me, I would dearly love to try and capture something similar, I was therefore wondering if you could perhaps give a couple of pointers as to the Photoshop ingredients which go to make up the magic in this image. Thanks for the pictures. freddyfries

comment by franz at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

So very gentle and ethereal, amazing atmosphere! And your daughter is beautiful.

comment by Hikari at 04:06 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2005

Your young daughter is very beautiful. I am very drawn to her light hair and smooth face. I am also drawn to her deep eyes. How old is she now?