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It was our daughter's eleventh birthday today and we bought her a limited edition Nintendo Gameboy Advance, our next youngest bought her a game, and the youngest two got her a carry case. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a shot of her playing with it to mark the occasion. However, when I looked through them all, and I'd just about filled a 1GB card, I wasn't immediately struck by any of them – there wasn't a single shot that stood out as "the" shot. But as I looked through them I realised that wasn't the point – the sequence was much more illustrative of the 'moment' than any one shot. Add to which that technically none of them are particularly great (most were shot at f2.8 and the DoF was probably a little too restrictive) and you'll see why I went for a sequence. So that's why tonight's entry is a little late as these were all shot in RAW format so I had to colour match and process 16 shots rather than one ;-) Oh, and I've not put up the EXIF data as I varied the aperture slightly during the sequence. Mostly though they were shot with a bounce flash, in manual, with a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second. The aperture varied from f/2.8 to f/3.5. More importantly though, I really enjoyed shooting them and she really likes the result :-)
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comment by tanner at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

Great series. I couldn't really imagine it as a single photograph after seeing it like this. The sequence works well, in my opinion.

comment by Eric [OcularStasis] at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

REALLY REALLY neat sequence It kind of reminds me of a lomo(esque) shot!!! A+

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

Great sequence. Nice LE.

comment by justin at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

Fantastic range of expressions.

comment by Adriana at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

Nice sequence, it really describe the subject/ With all those faces you can even say when she was doing well and when she was not :p. Happy b-day for your daughter :)

comment by mountainbread at 11:19 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

I love Gameboy,too!
And you made a wonderful mosaic of loverly moments, too.

comment by Hanni at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2005

Fantastic series!
Happy Birthday to your daughter. This is really one that she can treasure.

comment by rool at 12:03 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

I'm still wondering why you've focused on the Gameboy...

I mean, she's the interesting "part" of the picture, not the gamboy...

comment by Rick at 12:38 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Great job on doing something interesting...again! I'm curious what you do with your RAW .thm. Do you save or delete? Thanks in advance. Rick

comment by Cavin at 01:07 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

There is nothing special about this picture. Is chromasia running out of ideas? Anyone can take a sequence of photos like that. Chromasia used to be very creative and coming up with new ideas every day. I really want to see more creative shots! I know you can do it.

comment by djn1 at 01:17 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Rool: I'm quite into shallow DoF at the moment, particularly in terms of emphasising a foreground element.

Rick: the 20D doesn't produce .thm files, just .CR2 files.

Cavin: the important thing about this sequence was that today was my daughter's birthday. So yes, in general, anyone could take a sequence of shots of a young girl playing with her Gameboy; but that rather misses the point of this one.

comment by Ryan Rahn at 01:22 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Great sequence! The emotions in the facial experession (or more specifically, the facial expressions in sequence) are great!! I do like the DOF, and the way you focused, btw. I like the shots with her slightly more in focus, however, because I think it brings out the expressions, but you I think you did do the right thing in focusing on the game boy.

Very nicely done.

comment by Crash at 02:35 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

cool sequence of facial expressions!

comment by kate at 02:38 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

she's just adorable. these many frames reveal much about her personality. the expressions are so true. you've captured her in a very unique way- what i like is that it was not your original intention to showcase your effort in this manner, yet, with your decision to do so, i think you've not only captured your daughter, but a fleeting element of the age she is celebrating...there is such a beautiful, composed, lovely, endearing innocence, pure delight...

i also like the use of the object she's focusing on. it made the sequence more intriguing, it begged the question- as i had no idea what it was. happiest birthday to her! :)

comment by Tim Willoughby at 03:09 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

David- I was confused that you said you had to colour match and process 16 shots. I'm sure you already know this but what about batch processing? I know that photoshop cs allows you to apply the same steps to multiple photos simultaneously in order to save time when a series of photos require the same adjustments.

PS I'm addicted to your site. I look forward to your creativity and unique perspective every day!

comment by hungaro at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

you are really blessed to heave your kids in your life
nice sequence
well done

comment by VPra at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

As you've said, it would defently not work as one single image. You somehow made the composition work, but for me it is just an ok series. It's plain yet it's nice. Keep it up mate.

comment by Juice at 03:52 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Thanks for this. After reading your comments I realized why I was have so much trouble getting what I wanted out of one of my shots. So I grouped it with its similair shots and came up with this: http://juice05.blogspot.com/2005/03/amom-front-cover.html

Although I kind of feel like I've butchered it in the post processing and can't decide which version to use/work on. So if you've got a couple seconds (this goes for anybody), could you take a look and share any advice you may have? I completely understand if you're too busy. Thanks in advance.

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comment by Steve at 04:17 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

I think you should get a job as an advertising photographer.

comment by Saroy at 04:44 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Oh I love this! Such an wide range of expressions on her face as she plays. Really great sequence -- 16 is much better than one could ever be here!

comment by Zishaan at 05:41 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

I also love the fact that the composition in all of them was fairly close. Looks like she never moved (or is cropping?). A great set of images!

comment by pfong at 09:18 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Wonderfully controlled colour palette. The expressions are wonderful. Works great as a series of shots.

comment by Maxine at 11:25 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Happy birthday to the sweet girl!

What I love the most in that pic is the colour. Her lips, fingers and the box she is holding all match in a serene girlsh way. And of course then there are those amazing beautiful eyes telling us a story. Well done!

comment by djn1 at 12:25 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Tim: these were batch processed but because I'd moved about a bit while taking the shots they weren't all equally illuminated. In the end it was easier to apply a custom curve to each shot modifying it slightly to match the shots.

Juice: of the three I think your desaturated version works best.

comment by gallinazul at 02:03 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Great idea! It reminds me a little bit of Norman Rockwell's "A Day in the life of a Girl" ... http://www.globalgallery.com/enlarge/018-22889/

comment by btezra at 03:45 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

~toys are soooo cool, no matter the age~

comment by djn1 at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

Thanks everyone:-)

comment by Aaron at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

You can make excuses about the shot, but I think sometimes great pictures just kind of happen by accident, and this series illustrates that point to a T.

comment by Sean R at 09:20 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2005

The frame second from the bottom, second from the right really makes it for me. Looks like things have gotten really dire (or perhaps she has swallowed a bug). You're right - it wouldn't work out of context. Nice.

Good luck on the phobloggies...

comment by Fred at 05:54 PM (GMT) on 24 March, 2005

This is fun. What I would say though, by way of constructive feedback, is that it would be interesting to see you pick out the definitive 3-5 shots that tell the story. I think it might have more impact.

comment by Ken Liu at 07:22 PM (GMT) on 25 March, 2005

I'm curious, how did you assemble this image? Did you actually open all those in Photoshop and manually put them together into a new image? Or did you have some third party tool do it for you?

comment by Matt Sephton at 02:26 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2005

You need to send this photo to Nintendo.

comment by Rachel Drummond at 06:11 AM (GMT) on 11 July, 2005

Is there a correct time for the subject of interest to be out of focus? It works here and sometimes when movement is involved or a bit of chaos in the scene... but sometimes I have an internal struggle when I've got an image with good movement or expression, but elements I wished were in focus that aren't. Are there any general guidelines?