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Look At Me Go!
  Look At Me Go!
Look At Me Go!
December 12, 2012
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  Nana's Girl
Nana's Girl
January 14, 2013
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Susan Reynolds
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    I'm back from my leave of absence...hopefully for a long while, though I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for my neck, arms and hands....so we'll see how that goes.
But for now, I have been trying for the last few months to capture my granddaughter walking. She began at 10 months and is now literally running around so fast that I cannot keep up with her for clear photos very well. The 1st one is of her on December 12th. I took her to the park alone to try and get a good photo to surprise her parents with for Christmas...not a good idea to do with an 11 7 1/2 month old alone when she can run and I can't! But this is the closest to stopping action that I have for this challenge. I did use the high pass filter to try to take some of the blurriness from her face but it didn't work too well.
The 2nd one is from January 14th. My daughter wanted a photo of her in the velvet coat and little outfit I made for her...she was sitting on a stool that you can't see behind her tutu, but as you can see she was just getting up to run away again and the 3rd, she stopped long enough to wave a bye-bye, but still a bit blurry.
The last one was after her mom took off the little coat and hat and was holding her while she stood on the trunk lid of the car. I loved the way the sunlight caught her piggy tails. I had to really lighten the facial area because it was so dark with the sun directly behind her head.

1/26/2013 8:11:10 PM

 
Susan Reynolds
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  Bye-Bye Mommy!
Bye-Bye Mommy!
January 14, 2013
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  Cute little Piggy Tails
Cute little Piggy Tails
January 14, 2013
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The other two didn't load so I'll try again.

1/26/2013 8:13:34 PM

 
Stephen Shoff
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What a great start, Susan.

1/26/2013 9:56:51 PM

 
Susan Reynolds
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Here's a kind of "stop-action" photo...caught one that wasn't too blurry of Charlotte swinging KD-bug round and round in the sunshine that day.

1/27/2013 6:19:24 AM

 
Susan Reynolds
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Well it didn't upload by putting the photo ID number in so I'll try manually loading from my hard drive. Sorry about that ~

1/27/2013 6:21:04 AM

 
Susan Reynolds
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  Round & Round We Go!
Round & Round We Go!
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Crud...BP is acting up again...I'll try one more time.
p.s. the sunflares are part of the photo and not added in PS.

1/27/2013 6:23:44 AM

 
Susan Reynolds
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Thanks Stephen, it's good to be back :)

1/27/2013 7:42:56 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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This series is wonderful Susan and shows that you are indeed back. My favorites are "Look at me go!" and "Round and round we go!" The last one has some real potential for improvement using post processing.

I'd suggest a 4x6 crop above the flare and either a multiply blend or highlights changes in the raw editor, to bring out the color and reduce the highlights glare.

I've taken the liberty to take a screen shot and make some quickie changes to illustrate the idea. Of course, with the original file and more detailed changes you can do better.

1/27/2013 9:10:38 AM

 
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How cute!!! My favorite is the piggy tails. I love the backlighting and the expression on her face in this picture. My other favorite is her on the sidewalk by herself.

1/27/2013 3:20:21 PM

 
Elaine Hessler
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How cute!!! My favorite is the piggy tails. I love the backlighting and the expression on her face in this picture. My other favorite is her on the sidewalk by herself.

1/27/2013 3:20:21 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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These are great Susan. My favorite is "Bye-Bye Mommy" the sidewalk stretching out behind her helps tell the story :)

1/27/2013 6:17:02 PM

 
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Susan it is so great to have you back with us,I always love your encouraging words. my favorite is bye bye mommy and piggy tails. I just think the bye bye mommy need alittle work on highlights

I love what dale did with the image of the two of them. it totally changed that image. it made a stronger image.

1/27/2013 6:51:11 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Great to have you back, Susan!

This is a great series of your granddaughter. I think Dale's suggestions are spot on for the last one.

1/28/2013 5:41:35 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Susan, it is great to have you back with us. She is a beauty and I bet really hard to keep up with. My favorite is piggy tales. I absolutely love the back lighting and her facial expressions.
I hope your appointment will go well.

1/28/2013 6:34:06 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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I bet you are having a great time with her. A nice series that I am sure will be treasured. I like Dales example for improvement of the last one.

2/2/2013 10:28:38 PM

 
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What a cutie! So good to see you are back with us. Will you be able to make it to the Meet-up this year in Utah? I do like the edit that Dale suggested; but although it may be stronger it is missing that important element of motion which is what your original intention was, right? I'd edit to have a version that was like Dale's but I would definitely keep your original crop because it shows exactly what is going on. I rarely ever go against Dale....what will the repercussions be....?
Anyhoooo....got to go. It is midnight and we are going out RV shopping early in the a.m.

2/3/2013 11:06:18 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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I go against him all the time!! But he never listens to me. :o)

2/3/2013 11:15:37 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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You are too funny, Dale! I knew I'd get a rise out of that! Can hardly wait for when you come to visit. We'll find some good places to go...

2/3/2013 11:18:41 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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All perfectly delightful Susan. Her character truly shines through.

2/4/2013 5:29:57 PM

 
Brandi K. Mills
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I like Nana's girl, but the piggy tails is probably my favorite. I don't care too much for the first one "look at me go" because I can't see her pretty eyes and it's a little dark.

2/4/2013 9:10:58 PM

 
Susan Reynolds
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Thank you all for your input...
Dale, I will be doing a tighter crop for the memory books but also keeping the original because I like the sense of motion with the natural sunflares which helped to depict the late afternoon golden hour in early January that we had that day. Searching for which folder it's in on my hard drive but coming up blank so far...thought it was January 14th, but that folder is empty so who knows what I listed it under.

2/6/2013 8:35:08 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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You know Susan, you could apply the exposure changes to the entire image without the crop and it would work just as well.

2/6/2013 8:43:19 PM

 
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