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This was taken on the same trip as Tuesday's shot and, for me at least, captures one of those moments when two young children break from their game for a while to do their own, often incomprehensible thing – Rhowan just ran up the beach and sat down and Harmony spent a few minutes dipping her chin and hair in the water. A couple of minutes later they were running around again playing much the same games as they had been earlier.

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5.15pm on 6/9/05
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3x2 + children [portraits] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Rodrigo Gómez at 10:08 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

Great picture!

I wonder, the light in your daughters is the way it was, or was it improved in PS? It looks amazing. Gotta get a Lensbaby sometime soon :-)


comment by Neil at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

Oh to be a child again with no concerns that what you are doing might look strange and just go ahead & do it anyway, just to see what happens!!!

They must get their experimental genes from you!!

I'm not sure the lenbaby actually adds anything to this shot, I think it would have looked just as good with a standard lens.

comment by Brian at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

umm.. i hope that is clean water! ;)

comment by Pavel Richter at 10:34 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

Wonderful scene !
...it is amazing...

comment by Mystery Me at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

I really laughed at this one, quirky indeed! Great shot.

comment by flying cow at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

goregous. i love the way your children look here! wow!

comment by payam at 11:38 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2005

just beautiful!
the reflection, depth of field, and bw all work together to make a beautiful image :)

comment by lisa at 12:02 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

that's sooooooooo cute. aww. :)

comment by Lee at 12:24 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

=) Nice capture! I like how Harmony's posture mimics the hill in the background and having Rhowan look on!

comment by Mike at 01:26 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Bet the kids got a bath that night! Great shot.

comment by regularjoe at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

This is a neat shot because it literally has it all. DOF, reflection, lensbaby, deep perspective, moody sky, slight motion, sepia tone...

I would say it's a bad idea to try to pull all of that off, but you've done it!

comment by Rachel at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

you daughters are goregous! & the picture is amazing, i wish i had half of that talent... i'm in awe whenever i look at your pictures, you're really amazing [but i bet you get that alll the time];)

comment by Rock at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Outstanding. Probably the best Lensbaby image I've seen.

comment by f.d. rahman at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

hehe..kids.. she looks so cute. I love the reflection in the water.. very nice.

comment by David Albers at 03:30 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

You live in a land with some very beautiful light.

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comment by Mia at 03:48 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

I just love this image. It literally made me smile as soon as I opened it. Thanks for making my day.

comment by joan at 06:51 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Oh my God, this is fantastic! In every way possible. Gorgeous moment, beautifully captured. Thanks for leading us to such places of wonder.

When do you have time for the mundanities of life by the way? You must have a maid or something! I remember how much time used to be required to have a job, run a house, get kids ready to leave the house etc., and I had only two kids! You guys seem to have nothing but fun. Keep it up.

comment by Peter at 07:23 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

You have lucky kids who will be able to look back on some really entertaining shots that are a far cry from the standard "standing in front of something and smiling" shots. This one has had me smiling for quite a while now :-)

comment by John Washington at 07:25 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Superb shot Dave - well, you know my feelings on this type of photo - it knocks the socks of a lot of your other stuff, but it's just a personall bias I have towards a certain type of photo.

These images are priceless - I mean I wish my dad had been a photoblogger, but instead he chose to collect militaria - I was the best decorated kid in the area, plus it added a great sense of reality to our war games.

Seriously though I love this picture.

comment by Leo at 08:31 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Great picture, great use of the lensbaby for a less abstract shot. The reflection is a great touch.

comment by pierre at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Excellent shot again, I like the texture.
And I see exactly what moments you're talking about here :)

comment by angela at 08:41 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Isn't it fantastic how one 'sees' so much more through the eye of a camera. And then beautiful moments such as these may be treasured forever - never to be lost in the mists of time. It's a great excuse to strap on a backpack, grab the kids and get out into nature more often. Your kids sure are lucky to have a great photoblogger for a Dad!

comment by Rob at 09:43 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Absolutely fantastic photo, once again! I've been checking the site for a few months now and this is my first comment. I just wondered how do you feel about being described as a "great photoblogger"? Just in my view you are an incredible photographer who uses a photoblog as his medium. Anyway, thanks for making me smile, this is a great shot!! Think a lensbaby might be in order soon!

comment by Andy at 03:35 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

It's a great shot, but the background looks artificial. I hate to be the lone person saying it, but I don't like the Lensbaby look (here or anywhere else that I've seen it so far). It looks cheezy, not well controlled, and simply less good than a straight shot would have been. Just my opinion of course, but what do you think? Don't you wish you had a "better" image of this wonderful moment?

comment by char at 03:36 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

That is a wonderful shot! Kids always make the best subjects!

comment by Linda at 04:10 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

I love the perspective of the shot from the water looking toward land. What beautiful children you have - your site gives me a much needed break from the constant news of Hurricane Katrina here in the southern United States.
Thank you!

comment by paul at 04:31 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

great moment captured dave

comment by VelviaPix at 04:52 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

There is not much I can say, but that I am stunned. This is a great shot.

comment by Aravind at 04:59 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Nice theme....Kids playing on the beach... They are so naive as well as innovative in such plays.. I always like the B&W over color for such type of pictures.. Great web site and I am kindaa addicted... Every day morning I will see ur blog for a new refreshing picture...

comment by Monika at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Wow, beautiful imagery!
You've made my morning, as usual!

comment by angela at 06:53 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

I apologise .. I must elaborate for the likes of Rob .... when I said "great photoblogger" - the compliment was paid with the highest respect. In order to be such ... I imagine one would first therefore be a "great photographer" AND PLUS ...

... plus have the inspiration/motivation/dedication to keep coming forth with such beautiful and varied perspectives of life around you almost every single day,

... plus producing images of the highest quality which constantly amaze and wow a world wide audience

... plus have the multi-dextrous skill and incredible perserverance/patience to learn/grow with and troubleshoot the inevitable problems of the internet medium.

Dave ... you own The Wow Factor! My congratulations and highest regards.

comment by Adriana at 07:53 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

it is simply lovely. The entire emvironment was captured so well. I love harmony's reflection, and because of your description of Rhowan this seems to be some traquil position difficult to get from her. Am I right? Wonderful sky.

comment by emma at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Great shpt - you couldn't have set this up if you tried!

At the risk of sounding stupid - can someone please tell me what a lens baby is?

comment by wushi at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

very nice......love reflections .-)

comment by Ken at 09:51 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Just speechless!

comment by Brandon at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

WoW... How long were you standing in the water to capture that great shot?

comment by Mareluna at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Great Reflection shot :))))

comment by miles at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2005

Great job with the lensbaby here, I've not seen another lensbaby picture that looks quite so purposefully shot.

comment by djn1 at 12:04 AM (GMT) on 10 September, 2005

Thanks everyone, I like this one too.

Rodrigo: there was quite a lot of work done on this one, but I didn't substantially alter the light on my daughters.

Neil: no, I don't think the Lensbaby adds much either, but it was the only lens I had with me at the time.

Brian: yes, the sea around here is pretty clean.

AM: no, we don't have a maid, but we do have a lot of tidying up to do ;-)

angela: I'm quite happy being described as a photoblogger – I take photographs, this is a blog :-)

emma: this is a Lensbaby.

comment by Tom B at 03:53 AM (GMT) on 10 September, 2005

David, so many of the moments are simply priceless. It is moments like these with our children that originally sparked my interest in photography. These are moments in time that will be gone forever and you do such a fantastic job of catching them before they vanish.

Thank you for sharing.

comment by emma at 10:31 AM (GMT) on 10 September, 2005

Thanks djn - have to get me one of those!

comment by matt at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2005

wow this one is so different

comment by Maxine at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2005

I cannot stop to look at this pic! Just perfect! Wish I was there looking them from a distance! Thanks for sharing such a superb moment of their lives! Well done!

comment by m at 09:02 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2005

She looks like a cat taking a drink

comment by Mc at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 15 September, 2005

Very Nice composition..
Great shot!!!!

comment by KK at 05:22 AM (GMT) on 22 September, 2005

very few images overwhelms me, yours are just amazing!

comment by april boyette at 04:47 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2005

great photograph! I feel a sense of innocence. I feel as if the person who took the photo had to feel like they were in a child like state, like they were free just like a child and had not one care in the world. the best photographs are taken when someone feels free, like they can do anything, like nothing can stop them from capturing that perfect photgraph.