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After my complaints of yesterday – that I hadn't been able to take any decent shots over the last few days – we took the kids to the beach, and I got four shots that I'm happy with.

As for this one, it's the first of two portraits: this one is of our youngest (18 months old), and tomorrow's is of our almost three year old, and both were processed in the same way. First: use a Channel Mixer adjustment to extract the Red Channel, reducing the image to black and white (which is particularly effective for portraits as it lifts skin tones quite dramatically). Second, using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, ABOVE the Channel Mixer layer, colourise the image. What you can then do (though I didn't bother in this instance) is play around with the opacity of the Channel Mixer layer to adjust the tonal range/balance of the final image.

I'm pleased with this one, and as always, I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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Canon G5
2.55pm on 23/8/04
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4x3 + children [portraits] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Lyle at 09:48 AM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

I like this - due to your tinkering it's almost a sepia-tone kind of image, but because of the lightness of the sky/sand, the clothing stands out really well.

Very nice, although the expression of "yuck, what's that I just touched" also adds something to the image... *Grin*

comment by ferrie at 10:45 AM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

it's almost a classic one,
remember leni riefenstahl?
only her work, of course.

comment by nantel at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

He really looks like he has the whole world in front of him.

comment by djn1 at 12:32 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

nantel: oops, I should have said that this is one of our daughters ;-) Sadly, she has my hair, which does make her look rather boyish.

comment by kendall at 12:53 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

This is gorgeous on so many levels. Wonderful photo... The black of the clothing gives a great edge against the sky and firmly locks the subject to the ground. Ah.. lovely.

comment by Jasper at 01:10 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

Very nice! She looks like a giant from this point of view!

comment by emjayem at 02:38 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

Great expression on her face and a nice low perspective looking upwards which is always ideal for images of children.

comment by Martin at 02:47 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

That is a magnificent portrait... the colourization and composition are both spot on. I dream of creating images as good as this.

comment by mandar at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

This one is really good. I have wished so many times that I could take such pictures. Your baby looks like a SuperBaby! ready to fly away to help someone in need. I can see how someone might take that look for "ugh ! is this really sand?" But you can't control the facial expressions of an 18 month old. Well done.

comment by mandar at 03:44 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

Oh ! One more thing. The skies behind look a bit flat [like a studio screen] to me. Does that bother anyone else ? I think some feeling of depth out there could be better.

comment by Leslie at 05:19 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

what a doll!

comment by Sharon Woods at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

I'm biased as I love this child to bits. It's a fantastic shot Dave. It captures your gorgeous daughter's spirit and personality completely. Beautiful.

comment by Wen at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

I love all your photos. I check here everyday... I use the same cam as you but I don't think I'd ever get anywhere near you :p awesome job and you have beautiful children!

comment by Jason Wall at 05:55 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

Adjectives that come to mind: expansive, cute, odd.

Her expression doesn't seem to fit just right. I'm not sure the setting blends with the image of a small child having fun at the beach very well.

I like the perspective though, and the color tones, which are rich in their desaturated loveliness. And your daughter is very cute, and bears some resemblance to you, now that I think of it. :) I think she has your forehead, and perhaps your jowles... although on the latter point I'm uncertain. *grin*

comment by m at 06:22 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

I love it

comment by djn1 at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

mandar: I suspect that a part of the reason for the sky looking as though it were a studio backdrop is that this shot (as is tomorrow's) is flash lit using a 420EX Speedlite and a Lumiquest Ultrabounce (a diffuser). What's great about the 420EX is that it has a high speed sync mode; i.e. it will work with any shutter speed. So I think it's the even lighting that gives the shot it's rather odd appearance.

comment by Irene at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 24 August, 2004

Ready to conquer the world......

What an incredible strong photo you created with your choice of perspective!

comment by nordilux at 12:23 AM (GMT) on 25 August, 2004

what is not to love about this photo?

comment by Jinky at 02:23 AM (GMT) on 25 August, 2004

Great shot! Love it! =) And the sepia really suits it. Beautiful.

comment by djn1 at 05:15 AM (GMT) on 25 August, 2004

Thanks everyone.

comment by Jason Wall at 05:20 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2004

Hey, the image showing up in the archive is the same as tomorrows. ;)

comment by Raymond at 08:54 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2004

Very nice shot!!!!Like it very much.


comment by Maxine at 03:19 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

It reminds me the ad: Power is nothing without control' she is in control of the landscape (ocean and sky) you as usual in control of your camera. Amazing photo Dave! Congratulations.