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May I have this dance?
May I have this dance?
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Fort Valley, GA
Date: Sep 6, 2008
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Wedding, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2009

This little guy had a lollipop in his hands and was trying to show it to this little flower girl. I thought this was soooooo cute. The bride thought so too. This one went in their album.

Little kid shots don't usually do well here, so I'll be happy to break a 6.

Shot with some Alien Bee's bounced off of the ceilings for additional light in the reception hall. That black "rod" in the upper right corner is one of the light stands.

Editing steps:
Convert from raw to 16-bit psd with a +54 Clarity, +30 Vibrance, and defaults for everything else.
Clone out frosting on pants and other minor skin and hair problems.
Whiten eyes
Convert to 8-bit
Lucis Arts - Whyeth - 1st button - mix 40% - 29% opacity
Color Efex Pro 3.0 Dynamic Skin Softener - 50% opacity
CEP 3.0 Pro Contrast - 84% opacity
CEP 3.0 Film Effects - Kodak Portra 160NC - 45% opacity
CEP 3.0 Vignette - transition 10% - size 0 - opacity 16%
Select the bow on the chair to the right and use a Black and White adjustment layer - Maximum white preset
Notice that I missed a gravy stain on the boys shirt. Clone it out.
Dodge shadows on boys cuff.
Dodge shadows on chair bow.
Burn hot spots on bow
Flatten image
Crop
Change to 72dpi - 720 X 576
Smart Sharpen - 100 % at .7 px
Smart Sharpen - 60% at .4 px
Go back to Crop in history
Set history brush point at second sharpen
History brush at 100% on girls hair
History brush at 50% on the rest of girl and boy
Save for web
Submit

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Ok, I was wrong. Little kid shots can do well. Thanks for all the votes.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 531
Avg (all users): 6.9913
Avg (commenters): 8.5484
Avg (participants): 7.0281
Avg (non-participants): 6.8679
Views since voting: 5780
Views during voting: 433
Votes: 231
Comments: 52
Favorites: 31 (view)


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02/23/2011 03:17:43 PM
Aww, that is so cute!
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03/01/2010 03:26:07 PM
This is absolutely the most adorable and sweetest thing I've seen in a LONG time! :-)
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02/03/2010 08:35:06 AM
10 from me...
loved the first version too!
congrats Top 10 finish!
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02/01/2009 02:17:21 PM
Love how you cloned out all the food items that would have been on his clothes. Makes the picture that much more endearing. Congratulaitons on a wonderful finish and a fabulous photo!
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01/28/2009 12:05:16 PM
Love the edit, thanks for posting the steps!
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01/26/2009 03:48:54 PM
Bravo! Glad to see this one surface near the top.
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01/26/2009 10:19:39 AM
What a great capture, I am glad to see this did so well!
Congratulations on your top 10.
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01/24/2009 09:52:03 AM
You captured a wonderful moment here. I love the little girls bare feet and the rapturous expression on the boys face. It's an exceptional image. Congrats.
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01/23/2009 04:29:51 PM
Excellent shot... great job capturing the moment! Thanks, too, for the editing info.
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01/23/2009 04:22:53 PM
This was my top pick for the challenge. And my very favorite part of your detailed commentary (thanks for that, by the way!) is "Clone out frosting on pants" - heh!!
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01/23/2009 10:18:17 AM
Adorable. I'm so glad it did so well for you. I love the tilt, too.
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01/23/2009 08:58:23 AM
great capture, congrats on tenth place!
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01/23/2009 08:14:44 AM
OH my...this is one of the cutest shots i've ever seen. The look on his face is adorable. This is just an amazing shot. I wish I had voted in this challenge. Definetely would have been one of my top shots.
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01/23/2009 02:27:40 AM
My Pick for the Blue... favorited
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01/23/2009 02:12:19 AM
precious, what a scene!
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01/23/2009 12:27:06 AM
this little kid shot is excellent!! congrats on great score and TOP 10!
Darling image! smart bride! :)
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01/23/2009 12:11:54 AM
congrats on top 10!!! glad this shot did so well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 10:51:55 PM
Priceless!
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01/22/2009 09:56:54 PM
Absolutely adorable and an image both the parents and the bride will cherish forever. Your timing, point of view and composition really make this work (but I feel you already know that). 9
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01/22/2009 08:37:59 PM
This should be a family treasure. I donít know how you could improve it.
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01/22/2009 07:40:27 PM
10 10 10
fabulous adorable candid and so perfectly captured...
is he offering her $$ for a dance or saying "hey! Auntie LuLu is in the bathroom, wanna go through her purse and get those water balloons??!!"

:)

Good Luck!
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01/22/2009 06:29:38 PM
Beautiful human interest, lovely exposure -- one of my top ten.
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01/22/2009 10:10:16 AM
This is just awesome. I love the candidness of it, the barefooted flower girl, the look of anticipation. Wonderful. Couple that with the strong technicals of the photo, and you have a great shot!
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01/22/2009 03:48:48 AM
"Come on, I'm telling you, I really have one, it's awesome! You can come over, and turn it on and play with it, and it's really exciting and there are so many different games we can play with it and everyone will be so jealous! Please? Please come play with it?!"

"Jason, for the last time, I am not coming over to play with your Wii!"
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01/21/2009 09:30:39 PM
I'm assuming this is a candid, so based on that, this is an amazing shot, this belongs on the front page of someone's wedding album. great job!
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01/21/2009 07:30:33 PM
Charming!
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01/21/2009 06:51:32 PM
Amazing moment! Beautiful light. Great composition. I LOVE it! 10
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01/21/2009 05:16:24 PM
How adorable!
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01/21/2009 01:54:05 PM
Delightful and candid photo. Nice angle that you took it from too.
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01/20/2009 11:11:48 PM
Top Ten for me. Adorable. Truly. LOVE the bare feet.
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01/20/2009 07:29:40 PM
Priceless!
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01/20/2009 09:51:07 AM
Wonderful moment! Excellent timing and I love your perspective and colors. A top 10 for sure.. I hope. 9.
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01/19/2009 11:54:32 PM
Such a brilliant capture! The flow of her dress to his torso leaning back into her.
Be proud of this picture!
I hope both of them keep a copy of this for many many years.
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01/19/2009 04:17:14 PM
Nice work
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01/19/2009 04:11:00 PM
haha..i love this photo, expecially the long tie of the guy!!
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01/19/2009 01:19:20 PM
This could be on a greeting card for Valentines day. Excellent lighting and the expressions. Only minor issue for me is the boys face right behind the hands, but this was obviously something that happened and you probably could not have gotten this by posing them. You get what you get with real life and this was a great catch.
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01/19/2009 11:03:18 AM
What a precious moment you've captured here! Everything about this is just perfect, from the look on his face, to the bare footed little girl, the dof, the tilt, and processing. WONDERFUL! :)
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01/19/2009 09:29:13 AM
stunning and fabulous, amazing capture, just gorgeous, lovely tones and warm feel, great sharpness and attention to details should have this hung on your wall, well done
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01/18/2009 09:40:50 PM
now that is just adorable. nice capture.
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01/18/2009 07:05:14 PM
Wow. Incredible photo. This is an awesome candid composed very well and with great detail. 10.
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01/18/2009 02:11:27 PM
ADORABLE!
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01/18/2009 12:38:03 PM
haha! very cute
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01/17/2009 03:49:39 PM
This is the one that caught my eye when scanning the thumbnails when the challenge first opened. This is truly delightful.
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01/17/2009 02:05:15 PM
great focus...wonderful shot...I think I have seen this little boy before???
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01/17/2009 10:24:26 AM
Precious moment. Sweet photo!
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01/16/2009 08:40:59 PM
Great candid. He is pleading isn't he? (hee hee) This is a keeper for sure. 7
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01/16/2009 07:48:20 PM
Magazine quaility. Fantastic work. Bravo.
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01/16/2009 05:45:24 PM
Oh, WOW!!! What a tender, delightful image! The tilt so enhances this, and the processing is exquisite! 10 & a Fav!
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01/16/2009 05:11:22 PM
Priceless. Even in profile, her face says it all.
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01/16/2009 10:36:55 AM
outstanding job to capture 'the' moment - easily a favorite in the challenge
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01/16/2009 09:48:32 AM
love their expressions. Nice composition IMO, 7
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01/16/2009 07:07:28 AM
how precious, the expression you've caught are so different and so wonderful, it really tells a story, well done
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