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I did try and take a few shots of our son today, but I wasn't particularly happy with any of them. The 'problem', such as it is, is that because he was late his skin is now quite dry, and he really doesn't look at his best. Hopefully he'll be looking a bit less traumatised in a few days time.

Anyway, we took the youngest three to the park this afternoon and Rhowan and Harmony spent quite a bit of time chasing around under this tree. Most are just a blur of movement, but occasionaly they paused long enough for me to get a focussed shot. This was my favourite of the bunch.

And thanks again for all the comments on Tuesday's shot; 186 comments must be some kind of record :-)

Update: Sorry, I should have mentioned that this is Harmony rather than Rhowan. Also, this was processed quite simply, i.e. it was colorised using the Hue/Saturation tool set to 45, 8, 0.

Update #2: I looked at the Photo Friday challenge earlier this week, and what with one thing and another I promptly forgot about it. But the theme this week is One so I thought this would make a good entry.

5.32pm on 25/8/05

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3x2 + children [portraits] + photo friday
comment by Beth at 10:08 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

The comments aren't showing up for this picture :(

Anyway, beautiful picture - although, I can't help but be distracted by the out of focus object in front of her.

comment by Beth at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

oops - there we go! :)

comment by Angela at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

Words that spring to mind ... curiosity, hesitant, magic, enchantment ... a wee peekaboo from those who still young enough to live in the enchanted world ...

Charmed ... xxx

comment by sAm at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

Beautiful picture, if only your daughter was a little to her right when you took this. The reason I state this is I find the mouth a little disturbing due to the leaf in the foreground giving the impression she hasn't got a mouth. I was always a little disturbed by Stephen Kings series of short films in particular the girl who has no mouth eeek. Apart from that detail I do think this is beautiful...

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

The face hidden behind the leaves and just the eye, great shot!

comment by bmoll at 10:37 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

The major feeling: a spirit of the summer past :) I haven't been home recently, but now I can congratulate you on the newborn child :)

comment by Greg Wilker at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

one thing i like most about djn are the eye's of the people he photographs. always defined, always have a drawning pull towards them and always bright. Kids are great aren't they.

comment by Caroline at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

I love that her eyes always make her look like a little fairy or something; like she knows a secret no one else does. :)

comment by VelviaPix at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

Rhowan is so big now... Amazing.
I went back and tried to look at the previous picture you posted of her(eating her ice cream cone), and I found similarities in the tone and colour.
I like this one, her eye really captures the viewer's, and the dark leaves behind, and blur leaves in front make it a bit mistreyous.
I know it is hard to capture them when they are playing, this was a good moment.
Love the tone (was it just curves)

comment by Weston Boyd at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005


The out of focus object makes it seems as if the face is blurring or fading.

comment by Ed at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

The single eye is good, the leaves do make the shot a bit dark and moody.

comment by Pixelprints at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

love it! it's moody, it speaks to the viewer. it has great tone, and the black and white is very warm and inviting. did you use a duotone process to make it such a warm b&w? if so, what color did you add?

comment by tobias at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

Harmony is a wonderful name and you have done her proud with this image.

This could well do well on the old challenge. I have trawled through a number as I too have entered and this is rather striking.

comment by VelviaPix at 11:36 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

OMG... Harmony? Time flies... and I thought she looked too "grown" to be Rhowan. We'll be waiting for the boy's pics.
Again, great tones.

comment by djn1 at 11:38 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

VelviaPix: yep, Harmony is two and a half now and Rhowan will be four in a few days time. There'll be pics of the latest one (and we still haven't decided on a name) playing football before you know it ;-)

comment by Stephan Kohler at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

Great picture!

comment by Sean (Random Panderings) at 12:09 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

I think it's great and will cast my vote for it when I get the chance over the weekend!
Nice of you to include your PP info too!

comment by Geoff at 12:47 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Lovely. Great tones. I can't quite figure out how I feel about the composition though. It's striking, but unsettling at the same time. Hmm.. interesting work.

comment by pfong at 01:31 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

strong image with the one eye shaprly focused. Very creative. I think you have a series of these type of almost gothic shots now.

comment by Brian at 01:34 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Very nice. I'm torn between distracted by the foreground and liking that it hides half of her face.

comment by JapanWindow - Andy at 01:49 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Great! I love the "disturbing" blur in front of her mouth, contrasted with the extremely "in focus" eye. I saw this on Photo Friday today and immediately thought you have a noteworthy here.

comment by Leo at 01:57 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

I like how this makes you focus on her eye.

comment by Maran at 02:25 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Like the clarity in the eye. At first I thought you've used flash.

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comment by Enike at 03:21 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Congratulations, Dave, on the birth of your son. You have a beautiful family.

I like how your focus is drawn straight to her eye.

comment by lisa at 05:32 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

sort of a creepy shot... I'm not sure why. I think it might be because he seems so pale and how the leaves are dangling and covering half his faced, all blurried and such. Makes me think of some scary movie poster. Though I hope that doesn't sound insulting, because I don't mean it to at all.

comment by Shaun at 06:21 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

What AF settings do you usually use? AI servo? One Shot? I've always been curious. I understand each image is different and requires different settings, but what do you favor mostly?

comment by Andy at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Another great shot which made me smile as soon as I loaded the page. It really captures the innocent, playful nature that only kids can achieve.

My heartfelt congratulations on "the latest one" :-)

comment by flying cow at 08:02 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

i love the tone, however the way the blur in the front obscures the other eye is not very flattering. i think the picture would have been much more grand if both eyes were visible however it does suit the theme for photofriday quite well.

comment by Stephan Kohler at 09:11 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Great picture!


comment by Adriana at 09:13 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Hey look at the ex-baby. It may be just me but this pictures makes it look more mature. Love how you focused on her eye and how is framed. Don't worry about the baby's photos let him rest enough to be another good looking member of the chromasia's family. Regards.

comment by ling at 09:36 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Very very cute and I think this will make a get entry for one. Partially hidden. Sorta like playing hide and seek with you.


comment by Neil at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

When I first opened it up, I half liked it & half disliked it. The more I look at it the more I like it though. I would have preferred to see just a tiny bit more of her face as the leaves hide most of her mouth and most of her nose as well as her left eye, I think it's slightly too much hidden, but I love the eye contact, it really draws you into the picture.

I'm amazed that Harmony is younger than Rhowan, from this photo, she looks older. Oh and happy birthday in advance to Rho BTW!

comment by Hennie at 09:57 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

What a lovely shot - a world of difference between her and my 19 mth daughter... makes me realise how quickly they change!

comment by *mamo at 10:33 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

very moody and emotional image. i like it that the eye is not centered.

comment by Joe[y] at 10:33 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

This shot is really eery in my opinion. Half the face blurred, the toning and just the general atmosphere is eery.

comment by Roger at 11:57 AM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Amazing picture!

I also have the 50 mm f/1.8, it is so great to shoot portraits. :) And I've just ordered the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L, I think I will enjoy this lens a lot..

I admire your work M. Nightingale, keep it up!

Check out my blog (http://www.hitchica.com/blog) and my portfolio (http://www.hitchica.com/portfolio)

Roger from France.. :)

comment by Kyle Haapala at 02:25 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Nice one. I love this one.
Great job as usual.

comment by James Lomax at 02:56 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Heh....cute kiddy in a magic den.

comment by Robert at 02:57 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Hey Dave... I like this one a lot. Very surreal. I'd like to see a version that hasn't been hue'd -- I imagine it's still a nice image even as a straight B&W. But I do like it...

comment by Muramasa at 03:10 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Nice shot, her eye is in very nice focus. But I find the fact that her other eye is hidden very disturbing. Kinda creepy. The loss of her mouth also reminds me of Silence of the Lambs.

comment by pierre at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Excellent work Dave

comment by jcyrhs at 04:45 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

I absolutely love the tonation. Excellent!!

comment by djn1 at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Thanks, I like this one too, and I'm glad that some of you found it a bit surreal/creepy/etc. I do think there's something quite magical about children when they play, but I don't often manage to capture as well as I did with this shot.

comment by tark at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 26 August, 2005

Very nice photo and nice child. :-) The 50mm must be good lens ... :-)

comment by Sarah at 01:16 AM (GMT) on 29 August, 2005

I love this picture. I love the fact that she is peering out through leaves. Half hidden. She looks wise and yet innocent. A fairy maybe.

comment by Jem at 03:33 PM (GMT) on 29 August, 2005

Beautiful photo Dave. She's a real cutie! The framing you've chosen is fantastic :) Hope the little man and your wife are doing well!

comment by Terje at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2005

Fantastic David!!

comment by KK at 07:15 AM (GMT) on 23 September, 2005

fantastic shot this one. you draw a lot of emotion out with your photos.