Helen Herbert, EPSA  

Young Ones by Helen Herbert, EPSA

January 2020 - Young Ones

January 2020 - Helen Herbert, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Taken with usual Nikon D300 converted camera with Nikon 50 m.m. lens. This was taken a few years back of neighbours grandchildren when I thought they had an air of innocence and might make a good photo. I took them out into the country on a sunny day to an appropriate grassy area and took several shots. The little lad was a bit self conscious but he did agree to give his sister a little kiss.
There was little processing done. Merely converting to Mono then used levels to lighten, then added blur then levels again. At one point used Topaz De Noise to soften and erase artifacts. Made a light vignette around the borders then cropped.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This is a charming scene but I think I prefer the original without the blurred background. I can see why you have lightened ad blurred the image but the children for me are more defined and hence stand out better in the original.   Posted: 01/12/2020 16:42:02

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I have had a hard time deciding about this and looked at it for quite a while. I have finally concluded that the amount of blur does not work for me. However, I think this could be part of a composite image if your combined it with the original and selectively made some areas distinct and other less focused. I think it could be quite creative. Probably it would be a lot of work, but might be very intriguing.   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:29:57

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Usually IR doesn't do justice to people but in this case it did. It is a pleasing scene and the steps that you took to achieve the final high key effect really worked. The touch that, for me, makes the scene is that the girl is holding a doll. It makes the scene more casual and not one that was carefully arranged.   Posted: 01/15/2020 08:37:30

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Such a sweet photo. I like the 'high key' look but think I would crop in to keep the focus on the children. I think the foliage provided a nice framing in your original photo but the blur makes it look too much on the abstract side to me.   Posted: 01/20/2020 13:23:31

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice image, I had to look at it a bit, and I do like the high key look. If you are going to do this I would clone to white the swirl areas of grass behind the subject to white. My eyes are drawn to this area.   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:37:41