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This is a shot of our eldest two (on the left) playing with two of their cousins, and what I like about this shot is that despite the fact that our two are ten and almost nine this shot typifies the way that children, even though ostensibly playing with one another, often seem to be totally absorbed in their own small part of the game.

As for the technicalities: this was exposed for the sky but I also increased the contrast by dropping the brightness of the shadow areas; i.e. the image is now more of a silhouette than the original.

Oh, and I'm guest posting over at Still Memory today. Thanks Irina for the invite :-)

capture date
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exposure bias
metering mode
focal length
image quality
white balance
Canon G5
5.05pm on 14/4/04
aperture priority
4x3 + fylde coast [scenic] + children
comment by Carlo at 08:35 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Fantastic, again. Can't fault it if I try. The colours are absolutely beautiful! Highly evocative.

comment by Jason G. at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Great sillouhette shot. I like the warm colours.

comment by Peter Crymble at 10:06 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

yeah - excellent shot. The changes you have made to silhouette the image work well. For some reason this evokes more themes of tranquility for me than yesterdays shot. Lying on the beack, kids playing the background etc etc.
Did you colorise the shot or is the sepia look natural?

comment by Nicole at 10:35 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

The littlest one is especially precious. Don't get me wrong, though, all children are precious... even more so when you can look at them for such long periods of time (photos) while they are not moving or speaking. =)

I enjoy your work very much, David.

comment by John at 12:30 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Another fine example of why I, and many others, come back to your site on a daily basis.

comment by Emily at 03:28 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

i think this is one oif your best photographs. i don't know what else to say. this looks incredibly professional, and there is something precoius about it.

comment by Clay's Daze at 04:04 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

I love the crop- nice light. Did you give this a sepia tone or is this really how it was when you shot it?

comment by east3rd at 04:29 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Oh, man... this is just too good. Great colors... good job darkening the foreground... just fantastic.

comment by RainKing at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Very sweet pic. The tones are really nice, and I like the silhouettes.

comment by Jason Wall at 06:30 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

I do so love that color pallette.

comment by btezra at 06:55 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

~IMHO, this is by far one of your best shots~

comment by michael at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Simply wonderful.

comment by djn1 at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Peter, and Clay's Daze: the sepia effect is a consequence of i) warming the image slightly; i.e. changing the colour temperature when converting the RAW image with Photoshop CS (I can't remember the exact setting, but it wasn't a major change), and ii) an increase in contrast (via the Curves tool) which has deepened and unified the colour palette.

comment by Jules at 11:38 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2004

Interesting shot, greats colors and subjets, as usual: congrats

comment by Sandra Rocha at 01:45 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

one of your best shots in the latter times, I dare say :-)
just love this silhouette effect and the children look so at ease, as if nothing could ever harm them
loved it

comment by Tom B at 02:43 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

Wow! Being a father myself I find this photo inspirational and breath taking. Fantastic.

comment by Willard at 03:01 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

This one is a keeper.

Put it in your album forever.

comment by myla at 07:55 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

Definitely one of my all-time favorites. I'm so glad you moved down to the beach =)

comment by djn1 at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by Sid Carter at 12:06 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

Nice shot and tone.

comment by tiffany at 07:27 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2004

I agree with Emily - one of your best ever. Perfect composition. I would love to hang this on my wall... And I'm very picky about what I hang on my walls. :-)

comment by **sirop at 01:22 PM (GMT) on 18 August, 2004

it's funny photo!