Archive for the ‘Children’ Category

Up to date as of this post! This one was shot last night – Sam and I went and picked up a pizza and took the girls to a local schoolyard for a picnic. We had lots of fun, the girls are fearless now that they’ve both done a few seasons of gymnastics. (1 season = 3 months or so)

We did lots of playing on the tire swings, then I got some neat silhouettes of my girls playing against the setting sun, and a couple abstract shots of a cool rocket shaped monkey bar contraption.

Afterwords we showed the girls the tunnel under the highway, and the setting sun lighting it up was too good of light to pass up, I had to get a family shot. Minus me of course, no tripod or remote for me to be in the pic too – still, I’m happy with the outcome.

As always, let me know what you think – I love comments!

Kids Tire Swing 2
First shot of the girls swinging on the tire swing. I burned a lot of exposures trying to get a couple of good ones here, accounting for all the motion and the contrast of the bright setting sun and the shady area they kept swinging into.

Kids Tire Swing 1
I can see your feet from here. I may have been laying in pea gravel for this shot. And from the smell of the schoolyard, I think I know why they call it pee gravel. *grin*

Sam on Tire Swing
My beautiful wife, sitting on the tire swing.

Rocket Sillhouette
Abstract rocket silhouette, with sun starburst. Thanks Tineke for teaching me that technique!

Jumping Sillhouette 2
Playing in the sunset.

Jumping Sillhouette

Family Portrait in Tunnel
Family shot – the light in this tunnel was fantastic. The reflections in Ivy’s glasses are awesome!

Thanks for reading. I’ll try not to get too far behind again in the future. I hope you all enjoyed the mass of posts tonight!


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Time for a bit of catchup.

For my photowalk 14 I shot our families Easter festivities. Here are my keepers from the morning, hunting for eggs and treats the Easter Bunny hid throughout the house and front yard.

Easter Photowalk 1
Nephews clue, left by the Easter Bunny – it eventually led to a sugary prize!

Easter Photowalk 2
Did the bunny hide eggs in this fancy house?

Easter Photowalk 3
Lets go! Maybe they’re down here!

Easter Photowalk 4
I think she’s found an egg!

Easter Photowalk 5
Hmm…Bunnies like brush and bushes – maybe he put one over here. One of my three nephews who were staying with us, searching.

Easter Photowalk 6
Here, you can have this one.

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Here are a couple of random photos. The first is a shot of a friend’s dad at a church event last weekend. Their church was having a garage sale, so we stopped by to buy some hotdogs and an awesome change table (for a dollar! what!) that Sam is busy turning into a change table / laundry hamper.

I did some quick PS edits and put a frame on.


The second is as shot of my girls (Ivy in back, Dylan in middle and their friend Anna in front) playing in the princess tent Dylan got for her birthday.

I originally wanted to fake some wide aperture and selectively focus on Anna’s face. Instead, I decided to make it a little fancier and simulate a tilt-shift lens with a vertical focal plane. Then I put a frame on it (one of my favourites lately) and posted it to share with all of you.

Girls Tent Birthday

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I just played tonight with an image I liked from the other night’s impromptu portrait session with my nephew. The image wasn’t perfect because of some junk in the shed behind him.

I boosted the contrast quite a bit, upped the exposure a tad and played with the tone curve fairly dramatically. I emphasized the shadows while only bringing a touch of emphasis to the highlights. I cropped it a bit and rotated it about 30 degrees or so.

Then I played with some actions to accentuate some blur, increased the image size and applied a frame.

I hope you enjoy.

D in Door

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On Monday we got the family together for a pub night. Deep fried goodness of all sorts of flavours, made especially awesome considering much of my extended family is wheat-allergy conscious.

Before we did that, and after I helped move some dressers (who neesd a gym membership?) I took my nephew D out for a impromptu portrait session. The fading sunlight was nice, but a little harsh so I tried to shoot mostly in shadow. I’d have killed for a reflector and a translucent screen to soften the light and provide a bit of wind protection in eyes, D had a hard time not squinting for some shots.

I got some shots I’m happy with – my main goal was to duplicate a shot Tineke from Northern Persona did of me on some stairs. I got a fair degree of satisfaction from that shot, and on the way got a couple of other keepers.

The odd shot out is my other nephew R. He was shy of being photographed and only let me shoot one quick snap – of course, I was metered for full shade so he’s overexposed. I still like the shot though, he’s a very photogenic little boy.

So, without further ado – photowalk 13.

Demetris on Hammock
Reclining on the hammock. Tried to use leading lines as a background to draw attention to his face. Ok shot, D was still getting comfortable with me asking him to move his head this way and that, and to smile more like this or that.

Demetris on Stairs
The shot Tineke did of me for my headshots session – duplicated for D. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. I’m happy with it to an extent, the things I don’t like are primarily situational -I’d have liked grungier, more urban looking stairs and background.

Demetris on Stairs 2
Crop of previous to fill the frame with D’s face. This one is ok to me, but it’s a little “in your face”.

Demetris on Grass
D laying on the grass. This was the shot he had a hard time not squinting as the wind was blowing over his face and making his eyes tear up. We did the close eyes until I count trick and got some keepers, but a translucent screen would have helped to soften the light and provide a slight windbreak.

Demetris on Grass 2
Crop shot of the above – I like this one about as much – the frame is more full, but I can’t crop it to center him the way I like w/o leaving a frame edge too close to part of him or making it feel too panoramic.

Roarke Overexposed
D’s younger brother R. Such a photogenic boy, too bad I was shooting full manual and didn’t have time to adjust my exposure before I snapped this quick shot. I love his eyes and windblown hair. This one is a keeper to me even if the exposure isn’t perfect.

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On the 15th I spent some time at Sam’s parents and as it was soooo super nice out I decided to bring out my camera and see what I could do.

I got Roarke to do some posing for me (mostly jumping over me) and it was nice and sunny so I was able to get fast exposure times. I imported these photos and played with them in Lightroom. I managed to find some cool things (adjustment brush for eyes = awesome. I need to edit it for teeth though, tell me where you see me using it) For those following along at home who edit photos, most of these are just simple tone curve adjustments (closer to an ‘S’ shape) and some adjustment brushes in Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 1.

I decided to make some silly captions for these photos and put them together as a sort of non-sensical “photo poetry” called “The Ides of March”.

I hope you enjoy my little experiment.

and so he spread his wings and soared
“And so he spread his wings and soared”

he dreamed and he swung
“He dreamed and he swung”

tumbling jesters capered for her enjoyment
“Tumbling Jesters capered for her enjoyment”

the players were met as the golden sun set
“The players were met as the golden sun set”

her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her
“Her smile cracked the world and the world smiled with her”

the world shifted for her pleasure
“the world shifted for her pleasure”

what food is this queried the queen
“What food is this?, queried the queen”

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For photowalk 4 of 52 we decided to take the kids to a park.  We live in central BC, Canada so this time of year is pretty chilly. (It’s actually been unseasonably warm these last two weeks and just got down closer to average temperature just before we went on this outing.)  The temperature was about -11C, which works out to 12F.

We bundled the kids up in their outdoor clothes, brought along the new puppy and went to play on the equipment.  The photos below are the first 4 keepers, I have about 4 more to do editing on.  They will go on my flickr, and may make up a second post on here.

The reason I decided to shoot the kids for this one is that I have the most trouble with kid photography. I love the idea, and want to do it, but the images never work out in real life the way they do in my mind. This day was a success for me, and I’m very happy with the pictures I have of my kids from it.

Again I’ve been using a new post processing workflow.  First I edit in lightroom for exposure etc.  Then I open the image in a .TIFF in photoshop and play around with that, mostly still using the actions from mcpactions.com  Touch of Light/Dark and the free Gallery Frames are my go-to for this – I may have to invest in a couple of her actions in the near future.

This first one of Dylan is my favourite of the day so far. This was a challenging post production shot because of the high contrast of sunny spots on her face etc. I used lots of touch of light to lighten the shadowed parts of her face and coat, and lots of touch of dark to darken the sunny spots and background to bring everything just a little closer together contrast wise.
Walk4of52 - DylanPeek

My second favourite of the day is Ivy climbing down the cable net. This one got a strong vignette when I was done, as well as lots of touch of light on her coat to really make it pop. The rest of the image got treated to touch of dark – mostly to highten the contrast of the pink jacket against the background.
Walk4of52 - IvyClimb

This one of Dylan I cleaned up her face lots – to my eye it looks pretty good, but to someone more discerning perhaps my stamp skills are not as good. It’s something I’m working on. Otherwise, a little lightening, but most of the PP was just to clean her face up.
Walk4of52 - DylanSwing

And last but not least is Ivy on the slide. It’s my least favourite of the completed shots, but I was most excited while taking it. I’m not sure why, it just didn’t turn out in my mind the way I’d have liked it to. It’s still good enough to share however.
Walk4of52 - IvySlide

And there we go – the first batch from photowalk 4. This is the first photowalk that I’ve had so many keeper images from – and it’s one of the most challenging things for me to shoot – kids. They just move so fast!

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