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Joy - Cookie Time by Ally Green

June 2022 - Joy - Cookie Time

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At Beaver Creek in Colorado they give out free Cookies at 3.00pm in the winter which is always greeted with ‘Joy’…people love it! There is always a scramble for these cookies and in the busy times they produce 2000 which are gone in a flash!

I was photographing the ‘Cookie’ time and came across these kids enjoying the moment. Little done in post apart from moving the sliders in LR. 1/640 F5.6 ISO200 shot with 24-70mm.

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6 comments posted

Fran Yates   Fran Yates
I love the "Joy" that these kids portray. Each one's expression is wonderful...joyful,happy, with a bit of smart alec that this age does so well. But my eye kept leaving them and going up. I thought that the colorful line of people behind the kids detracted from the subjects. So I tried creating a Duplicate Layer, which I blurred slightly. I created a Layer Mask and painted in the subjects, leaving only the people behind blurred. I used a vignette to further bring my eye to the Center. Now when I look at it, I focus more on those happy faces. A minor change. Not sure if you agree.   Posted: 06/05/2022 16:11:33
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Welcome Fran to our Group, nice to have you with us! Thank you for you constructive comments and do agree that the background is a bit distracting. Wish i could have opened up the aperture to create more of a blur but it was a grab shot so was focusing on the kids! I like what you have done though so thank you.   Posted: 06/06/2022 11:27:26

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
This is a great picture - lots of color and wonderful expressions on the kids faces. Definitely joyful! It made me smile too.   Posted: 06/09/2022 16:19:20

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
You captured the children's joy very well. All the bright colors contribute to that happy feeling, too. My method of de-emphasizing such a light background would be to use selective post-editing and darken the highlights and maybe slightly less exposure. I often do this to make a main subject stand out. I think some people call it light painting in post editing. I see the great reaction that you, the photographer, got when taking this photo. The children responded well.   Posted: 06/11/2022 12:15:38

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I love it when the kids mug for the camera. Their delight is contagious. I do agree with Fran and like her version. This one is great fun!   Posted: 06/11/2022 13:46:55

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
You can really feel the joy in their faces. I notice they have helmets. Do kids use that now to ski ? Its been so long since I've done that. I like what Fran did, but I would have been ok without it. It sort of fills in what they've been doing with a line behind them. I also felt the colors with snow around them made for great photo.   Posted: 06/18/2022 17:40:35