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Old Mar 1 2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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It was hard to decide what to use for this topic! In the end I went for cute kid pics.



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Here is a group portrait which my family call "The Four Generations". I took this picture in 1991, and it shows mother, daughter, grandmother and great grandmother.

It was one of those situations where lots of people were trying to take pictures at the same time, so the people in the group are looking in all kinds of different directions. Does this make the group portrait look untidy or does it add a feeling of spontaneity? What do you think?

I wondered what to include as my second submission, but eventually decided on this portrait of my neice on New Year's Eve back in 1996:
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My brother (shot on a short holiday in Germany, May last year)



and my lovely wife, posing as a little mermaid (with clothes on... drat) on some rocks at the coast of Danish Kelstrup on our way home from Eurocon, September 2007 (is it really over two years already?)

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Old Mar 1 2010, 05:59 PM   #5
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I've decided to start participating in these things...so here are my first submissions. ^_^

My cousin when out and about at a garden centre:



And my Grandad, wearily watching me as I play with my new camera. xD

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Here's one Jez took just this weekend - Matthew is watching the Orang Utans at the zoo, and they're a couple of inches away behind glass looking very curiously right back at him, out of shot.



And another one from Jez - an experiment using photoshop:

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Two of my favorite ladies: the Kidling and my Mom!
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It was so hard to pick just two photos for this theme.

This first one is a picture I took of my youngest sister while we were hanging out at the beach with my aunt when we visited her in Boston. We were actually at a beach in Gloucester when this was taken.




This second one is one of my favorite shots that I've taken of my youngest cousin on my father's side of the family (although she won't be the youngest for long since one my aunts is having another baby in August ) And, for those of you interested, you can see the back of the head of my other sister in this photo.

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I looove these two pics!

This one is my son:



and this is my hubby:



Both were staged, so they count as portraits? I did have one of my daughter but she wouldn't thank me for posting it
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Spousal unit with shoulder adornments

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Hans - Thank you for the nudge that's brought me back.
Granddaughter YoYo (Yanthe) instigated a water fight earlier this week:





The rest of the set - including the carnage pics - are here
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A pair of oldies, some years apart, taking Hans' idea of embarrasing portraits ...





This one was in our local paper!
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W e l l... if were talking embarrassing, I
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or once a flirt always a flirt...


Me and my Dad...
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How fun to see all these happy faces. Makes me want to smile .

I like the portraits of Hans' brother, sjslack's grandfather, r2005's sister and Farclas' 2nd photo.

Jez's picture of Matthew is a great capture of that "look of wonder". Nice shot.

Pam, your husband looks like he has fuzzy horns. You get my prize for the funniest shot.

Platinum, I think your two shots are wonderful. They're nicely composed. I think I like the one with the subject, your husband, in focus better, but the other one with the dandelion in focus is fascinating. Did you do that on purpose? I ask because I frequently take photos of flowers where the wrong flower gets focused.
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That was indeed a good harvest. Like Blondmom I love Pam's photo of her husband woth the shoulder pads uh... cats. I also love old portraits like Maelin's and P'ter's; that's the historian and genealogist in me. Love Plat's and Farclas' photo's because of the action in them and Cheryl's son because of the originality of the shot (but that picture needs some photoshop, my friend!).
Buy they are all great portraits and it would be hard to pick a winner out of them (if that would be necessary and thank the gods it's not!).
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Old Mar 10 2010, 05:10 PM   #17
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Cheryl: doesn't your daughter look like you?
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This is going to seem like a trend, but my favourite is also Pam's photo of her husband with the furry shoulder adornments. Fantastic!

Why do Cheryl's shots need Photoshop? They look fine to me.

Kath, your first picture is gorgeous. I love the sparkling eyes and the look of concentration on Matthew's face. Your second one looks very Andy Warhol-like. I'm in two minds about it: one half of me thinks "wow, very dramatic, clever and imaginative" and the other half thinks "I bet there's a lovely photo lurking behind that art work". It's a pity you weren't allowed to submit three pictures or you could have shown the before and after pictures.

I like Platinum's dandelion blowing shots too - good action in those, and Blondmom's good group shots. Farclas' photos capture a great moment. I really like your second shot. The first one is terrific too. I hesitate to comment, since you're the expert portrait photographer amongst us, but I am distracted by the blurry foreground. Maybe that one would look better cropped?

Wow, Lady Maelin. You were so good looking.

There are so many good pictures. Sara, great picture of your grandad. r2009 I like yours too. Both pictures capture a special moment. The second looks like it could be improved by lightening the shadows in Photoshop. (OK Hans, I got distracted by Photoshop as well .)
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Wow! I'm glad I don't have to pick a winner--great work all!The caliber of the skill in these Thematic Photography threads just goes up and up.

Nice to see you back with us, Farclas. I admit that I'm guilty of not participating as much as I would like sometimes as well, so no worries there!Also, great job capturing action and expressions in your submissions (as always), and I have to say that I'm nuts about big-aperture blurry backgrounds--they isolate the subject, at least to me.

Cheryl, your kids are always adorable, and why do they need Photoshop again? I'm still tryng to figure that one out. . .

I love the intensity of the expression in your first photo, Kath. And awesome job capturing it.

I realize that I'm a week or more late, but is it OK if I submit a couple pictures? I have a thing for portraiture--I love the challenge within it--so I got excited when I saw this theme.

***Taken at a recent St. Patrick's Day parade. I realize the background's a little busy, but the dancer's expression of joy was not to be missed!


***A friend of mine and her beautiful dog, Blue. They are about to go perform with the local K=9 Drill Team.
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I finally decided to go with something completely different. Here are three portraits I did in wood, as I've shown before. The first is my youngest grandson, Blake.


The next is my niece and nephew. I finished two of these for my sister& her husband and for my mother.

I took photos of them, turned those into patterns, laid them out and scrolled them into wood, finished and framed them, and then finally photographed the result.
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Since most MoMer's already know I have a real passion for portraits, I was drawn strongly to this thread...and I have greatly enjoyed getting to see all the wonderful faces...especially of those of the children, as I so much love all their delightfull faces...they are all so wonderfully full of the joys of childhood.

I am also very glad I didn't have to choose a best out of this bunch!!!


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My fave is Pam's "spousal unit with shoulder adornments". What a classic!
I also like Weyrlady's Dancer, and ALL of the kiddies are little cuties!

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Wyerlady the first one reminds me of a classmate of mine, she was in one of the Festa Bowl, I think in full dress like that for a half-time show.

Nice image of your freind and her four leg freind too
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I have to say, I LOVE this topic! All the happy people, it's awesome! I don't think I could pick just one fave out of all of them. Thank you all! Blondmom, Truth be told, the one of my hubby blowing the dandilion was the accidental one. I want a set of three pics of my babies and man, with them blurred and the dandilion in focus, but I love that one too much to not like it. This year I will try again
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r2009 I like yours too. Both pictures capture a special moment. The second looks like it could be improved by lightening the shadows in Photoshop. (OK Hans, I got distracted by Photoshop as well .)
Maybe, I'll play around with it eventually, but we don't have a real heavy duty photo editor. I'm trying to remember how that photo looked after we had it printed, but I didn't keep the print. For Christmas, I "stole" a collage frame that my grandmother had bought ten years ago, and never put anything in it. So, I put a whole bunch of pictures of all the grandchildren in it, and I used that photo in it. Of course, eventually, we're going to have to do another one since there's a new cousin on the way.

There are a lot of other good pictures of my cousin, but the specific ones I'm thinking of are photos that my mother took. I'll have to put them in the exhibit hall at some point.

blondmom, I'm happy that you like the photo of my sister. I actually took two photos of her, but the one I posted is the one I like better.


Draco, the wood portraits are really cool.

I love Platinum's dandelion shots, and I'm getting a good laugh out of the cats on Pam's husband's shoulders.
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Lady Maelin, don't take my words literally. Lanen is the word smith, not me, and I sometimes choose the wrong ones, I just meant you look good in the pictures. .

r2005, it's a lovely shot of your cousin. I think if you can darken the white parts of the table and lighten your cousin in the background a bit she'll stand out better. If you don't have a heavy duty photo editor you could try reducing the contrast and increasing the brightness. This is what a brightness boost does to your picture:

I was wrong in my earlier post. A shadows/highlights adjustment makes the picture look like this:

I think the brightness boost looks more natural.

Wow, some more great additions from Weyrlady and Draco.
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I really like the difference with those simple adjustments, but the toy does need to be toned down. I think that part of the problem is that the when I took the picture, the camera thought I was focusing on the toy when I was actually attempting to focus on my cousin, and that's just from playing around with Picasa.

Now, if I could play around with it enough to get the toy from the second one to work with the brightness of the first one..... However, that's a task for when I actually feel like playing around with the computer. I just remembered that there's a copy of PSP 7 on our desktop, and I forgot about it because I almost never use the desktop for anything anymore unless it's to play games.

I'd forgotten that the photo was taken at night. I was looking through other photos and saw others from the same day. The lighting in our living is serviceable, but it's not great for picture taking. If it had been taken during the day, there would have been more light from the window that's above the gate leg table, and from the big picture window.
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I was going to ask about that, but you beat me to it, Lady M. No worries Steven, we still love ya!

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Steven dear friend...No offense taken at all...I was teasing you lightly...but thank you oh so kindly for the compliment, at my age it's greatly appriciated.
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You can find this in the WHERE IN THE WORLD 260 but at Jube's suggestion, I'm also putting it here too:



Not saying where it was taken as it would spoil WitW for those participating. Sorry folks but them's the rules until someone gives me a correct answer then I'll state where it was taken.

I like the different aspects of what's been taken so far. Not sure which is my favourite though as each one's different in design though.
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The choices that everyone's put up, is pretty cool. I've had to go through several of these themes to work out which ones I like best. So many choices ~ all I've got to say is WOOHOO, everyone.
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Spacedog, A good picture. If you can't reveal where it was taken can you reveal when? Am I right in thinking the picture is more recent than it looks? I'm wondering why it is so sharp. I would have expected the baby to have moved during the several seconds it took for one of those old indoor portraits. But maybe everyone pictured is very patient?
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It's quite recent, as of 11 years ago. Junior's a "good" kid, not sure on the patient bit though.
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Am I right in thinking those posed *pioneer family* pics are taken on modern equipment? It's a photographic business after all, they don't want to mess around with old equipment
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11 years ago, it was taken on "old" equipment but then we found out that they went digital recently. Jube's got the "negative" somewhere for it, in our spare room ~ otherwise known as her junkyard. Don't ask me where or what she's got it in there. She probably doesn't know herself as it hasn't been cleaned out properly since we brought the house before this photo was taken. I did ask her to clear a walkway into said room and she's managed to do that and I can even see half of 3 walls BUT... I probably won't see the room cleaned out unless we move.
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Here's an authentic 'rave from the grave'. You want embarrassing? This is it.

A formal family group from 1949, when I was three. My grannie would insist on knitting scratchy Fair Isle pullovers; I was mocked mercilessly when I wore these abominations to school. That's why I now like earthen-toned cashmere.

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Nice pic. You look like your dad, Farclas
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Old May 20 2010, 09:35 AM   #39
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Yep, dad's nose and ears (gah) and mum's eyes (yay).

So I went searching in my 'photo archive' (i.e. the big box of totally unsorted pictures!) and came across that self-same grannie. Since she was born in 1893 and the back of the picture says 19 December 1914, this would be her 21st birthday picture.

That's a bit closer to the era and style of spacedog's image.

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Old May 20 2010, 09:48 AM   #40
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And a beautiful picture it is. I absolutely love these old photographs, they have something magical.
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