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First of all, my ongoing apologies for the state of chromasia – as soon as I've decided on a new hosting company I'm going to move it. Oh, and the latest errors – to add to the already long list – are i) I'm no longer receiving email notification of comments, so if I don't respond to your comment please bear with me, and ii) my control panel has been out of action for almost 24 hours. This is beginning to get on my nerves now – not least because I know that it will be a total hassle moving to a new host. Oh well, I guess it's got to the stage where the angst of moving will be less bothersome than doing nothing.

As for this shot: it's another one of the portraits I shot back in July at the North City Festival in Manchester. I have two more that I'll put up over the next couple of days after which I'll shoot some new material.

4.19pm on 23/7/05

Canon 20D

EF 70-200 f/4L USM

70mm (112mm equiv.)



aperture priority

-2/3 (-2/3 FEC)





C1 Pro


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3x2 + children [portraits] + people [portraiture]
comment by Jacques Bron at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

NIce shot. Looks like the girl is pressing the head of the man (her father ?) in order to make him fit into the photo..

comment by joe_ob at 10:21 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

Even if I didn't like this one, and I do, it would be hard to find too many faults. Nice one.

comment by SJ at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

This photograph is lovely. It's happy even though neither subject is smiling. It's also warm, even in black and white. I love the contrasting colours of their skin.

comment by m at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005


comment by Rock at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

Beautiful portrait of a father and daughter - just guessing. Her skin tone is stunning. I like how they are both tilting in harmony. The dark background sets off their clothing and her skin quite well, but her hair does blend in a little much on the right side. Their expressions are both interesting, especially hers. She seems very interested in staring through your lens.

comment by Smallest Photo at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

love the expression on his face.

comment by ChadM at 11:19 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

She has no fear, riding on top of the world . . . while his face reflects significant burdens of the day and worries for tomorrow -- excellent contrasts in tone of face, skin, anticipation. Awesome essay.

comment by bmoll at 11:42 PM (GMT) on 31 August, 2005

As m wrote: :)

comment by Rick Burns at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

This goes on my long list of Chromasia favorites. Thank you, it is a treat checking in each day.

comment by Juwan at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

great shot, i love the look on the girl's face and the way you catured the skin tones. great work. i need to step my portrait game up.

comment by Glen at 05:04 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

peace and love in this shot.... lovely... thanks...

and good luck with the switch!

comment by Leo at 06:34 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

this is a great portrait with multiple subjects.
Good tones, great expression on the dad.

comment by Fernando Ochoa at 07:08 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

u have great photos!!

comment by rw at 08:35 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

Love your work. Perfect timing of the shot. Expressions are perfect.

comment by Alice at 09:04 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

Love your work me too. I think - sorry for my bad english - this is the best photoblog in the net. This photograph is great.

comment by Navin Harish at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

I love the expression on their faces

comment by vivia at 03:35 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

i'm sorry that nothing is in focus and it is a little blurry. the imagine is nice though, i love the feeling you get when you look at it.

comment by Sharif at 03:43 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

The photo is nice... not as crisp and clear as your other photos... but still nice.

comment by VelviaPix at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

This time I am not too convinced. This image seems simple for what you have us used to. The subject is great, but the fact that there was minor cropping hurts evaluating the composition, and there seems to be a slight blueish tone to it that makes it cold (or could it be my monitor?).
In my opinion, this is a wonderful photo for warm tones. Their expressions and the girl's hands resting on his head are perfect, but in emmotional images, I am biased towards warmer light.

comment by lisa at 06:08 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

very sweet shot. I love the facial expressions.

comment by isabel at 06:56 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

why is daddy so serious? some what sad picture ...

comment by michaela a. at 07:11 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

Per your comment yesterday about the web hosting issues -- check out this site: http://www.opusinteractive.net/hosting_packages.asp

I actually work for this comany -- tell them Michaela refered you... hopefully that will help. :) Keep up the great photo's, they're stunning.

comment by Robert at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

Very nice tones you've got here. I'd like to see an image with him looking at you, but then again maybe not. A little more separation b/t the girl's hair and background also, but frankly what you've got is really nice.

I have so much trouble getting my images to look good from screen to screen: what looks crisp at home on my (admittedly nicer) flatpanel looks muddy and dark one an older CRT. Any advice (from anyone)?

Oh - my point was, David, that you do an excellent job of getting consistently strong photos. I knew there was a point to that...

comment by djn1 at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2005

Thanks everyone - for the postive words about this shot and the suggestions for alternative hosting companies for chromasia.