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Innocent Laughter Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner
Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003
Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003
My daughter and her buddies enjoying an afternoon laugh together! 1/160sec, F2.0
© Kelly Plitt
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Margot Petrowski
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    Kelly, this is so sweet!!! I love the natural feel of it and the coloring is superb!!

2/6/2005 2:12:42 PM

Lori Boggetti
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You've got a winner here Kelly. This is so sweet and the quality is outstanding! Good Luck

2/6/2005 2:28:23 PM


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Great shot! There's nothing like children's laughter to bring a smile to your face!

2/6/2005 2:34:19 PM

Kristy  E. Lane

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I agree, this is a winner!! Wonderful!

2/6/2005 2:38:45 PM

Gaurav Mehra

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Kelly thats a wonderful capture of a wonderful moment!!! really cool...

2/6/2005 6:02:18 PM

Deb Brown
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Kelly- everything about this is great.
Especially love the warmth and awesome clarity! Great Capture!

2/6/2005 7:56:12 PM

Terrill Province
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This is a treasure! I would put copies of this all over my house, if I were you. Can't say enough about it. Congratulations on a great image.

2/6/2005 9:50:00 PM

Gilbert Lacson

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Beautifully captured the moment.

2/7/2005 5:17:25 AM

Katrina Elliott

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Love the tones and the whole feeling of joy you get from a photo like this. Frame and had this one. I guarentee that each day you look at this image you will smile and laugh along with it.

2/8/2005 6:16:41 PM

Kelly Plitt
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments!! -Kelly

2/17/2005 9:05:56 PM

Margot Petrowski
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Good luck with this!!!! I think it's a real winner!!!!

3/15/2005 6:14:29 PM

Kelly Heaton
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Congratulations on your finalist! Great Capture!

3/15/2005 7:24:07 PM

Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your terrific shot and Grand Prize win Kelly! What great FUN!!

3/17/2005 2:32:44 PM

Joannie M. Bertucci
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Kelly, this is one of the best grand prize winners! The subject matter is universal and you've captured the theme to perfection!

3/17/2005 2:38:21 PM

Janet L. Skinner
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Congratulations, Kelly!!! This is a wonderful image in every way!!

3/17/2005 2:44:15 PM

Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your grand prize win, Kelly!

3/17/2005 3:15:09 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Many congrats!! Excellent work! I love this!!!

3/17/2005 3:16:12 PM

Casey A. Hanson
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Very deserving Grand Prize! Wonderful image, Kelly. I think it stirs the child in all of us! Well done and congratulations! :0)

3/17/2005 3:17:22 PM

Ed Heaton
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Hello Kelly,
Congratulations on this outstanding image!

3/17/2005 3:22:16 PM

William C. Raco
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Congratulations, Kelly.
Very well done!


3/17/2005 3:25:49 PM

Monique Bogaerts
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Congrats on your winning picture!!!

3/17/2005 3:26:28 PM

Cindy Paquette
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CONGRATULATIONS Kelly! This image is just so wonderful in so many ways!

3/17/2005 3:28:07 PM

Judith G. Secco
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Congratulations Kelly. This is just precious!!

3/17/2005 3:40:09 PM

Terry  R. Hatfield
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Congratulations To You Kelly On This Beautiful Grand Prize Winner!!

3/17/2005 3:42:09 PM

Susi Lawson
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Awesome capture!! well deserved win! Congrats!

3/17/2005 4:19:59 PM

Steve Mescha
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I applaud the judges for picking this for the grand prize! It's definately a winner!

3/17/2005 4:34:21 PM

Robert Mann
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Gorgeous tones, lovely and happy children and great lighting and capture and congrats on your Grand Prize, Kelly!

3/17/2005 4:55:02 PM

Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Kelly!

3/17/2005 5:21:37 PM

Olivia Navarro
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Kelly, congratulations on your Grand Prize win! This is a fantastic picture!

3/17/2005 5:33:27 PM

Deb Brown
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! This image is so beautiful, fun and natural---a well deserved winner you are!!!!!!

3/17/2005 5:36:12 PM

Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Kelly, on this perfectly delightful, well-deserved, grand prize winner!

3/17/2005 6:05:53 PM

Kelly Abernathy
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What a fun shot! Congratulations on your grand prize win! This is wonderful! -K

3/17/2005 6:57:24 PM

kathy wolfe
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This has got to be one of the best shots I've seen. I love the look, the tones, the laughter... all of it. This is indeed a well deserved grand prize - congratulations!!!

3/17/2005 7:12:49 PM

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3/17/2005 7:33:57 PM

Dawn Balaban
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Great work! This shot is sweet. You have to smile when you see it. Congrats!

3/17/2005 7:47:32 PM

Kelly Plitt
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WOW! Thanks for all your super nice comments!! I'm absolutely flabbergasted - I was absolutely thrilled to be a finalist, and now this!! I guess this is my 15 minutes... :-)

3/17/2005 8:07:26 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations Kelly. How exciting!!! A beautiful image, delightful!!

3/17/2005 10:23:21 PM

Jordi Delgado

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Absolutely fantastic image, Kelly!!! Really deserved WIN!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!


3/18/2005 12:18:23 AM

Kathleen Clemons
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A wonderful capture of childhood joy, Kelly. Congratulations!

3/18/2005 2:58:23 AM

Bill Houghton
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Congratulations on your win. Great shot.

3/18/2005 4:29:18 AM

Laura Clay-Ballard
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CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful photo and well deserved!

3/18/2005 5:25:22 AM

Karen Beri
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Fantastic Kelly!!!!Congratulations on this well deserved win:)

3/18/2005 5:31:52 AM

Evy Johansen
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Wow, wow... what a wonderful image!! BIG CONGRATULATIONS on Grand Prize! So well deserved!

3/18/2005 5:38:40 AM

Donna W. Neal
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Excellent image. Congratulations Kelly on this grand prize winner!

3/18/2005 5:41:33 AM

Olivia Navarro
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This is such a perfect Grand Prize shot. I love how the toning just makes the whole picture seem to shimmer! I'd love to know how you did that.

A huge congratulations on your win, Kelly! You do fantastic work!

3/18/2005 6:56:32 AM

Peggy Wolff
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Congratulations Kelly on this wonderful shot! You can't help but smile when you look at this, it is perfect!

3/18/2005 7:04:05 AM

Kelly Plitt
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THANKS again to everyone! In response to Olivia's comment on the toning - here's how I do it in photoshop: Instead of simply desaturating the photo, then adding sepia back in, I create a color layer (mode=color) and "spill" in my chosen color using the bucket tool. Then I go nuts tweaking that layer via color balance to find my desired tone.

For whatever reason, this method adds tons of depth and beautiful tonality to an image. It is also a great way to change an image into b/w. Just use either black or white as your color in that layer. The results are COMPLETELY different than simply desaturating - so it's great to have an alternative.

Another fun thing is to play with the opacity of the color layer, which lets the original colors show through - this gives a great, dreamy antiqued feeling to an image.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments!


3/18/2005 7:17:10 AM

Kay Beausoleil
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly!

3/18/2005 9:18:08 AM

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Fantastic image, very well deserved win!


3/18/2005 9:40:01 AM

Cynthia A. Jones
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congratulations Kelly. Well deserved

3/18/2005 10:07:33 AM

Kara Hendricks
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Incredible image Kelly! Congratulations on this well deserved winner..

3/18/2005 11:20:40 AM

Kristi A. Howson
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Fantastic photograph Kelly...I love the fun loving childlike mood you have captured...something we all can relate to..oh those happy days...the tones you've chosen match the mood perfectly. I love it. Congratulations on your grand prize winner...a very deserving win indeed!!!

3/18/2005 12:21:20 PM

Monika Sapek
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Many congratulations on your Grand Prize Win, Kelly! A wonderful photograph filled with sweet childhood expressions!

3/18/2005 3:51:26 PM

Olivia Navarro
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Kelly, thank you so much for sharing the details of your technique! I'm off to give it a try!

Thanks again!

3/18/2005 8:42:55 PM

Jennifer Rennison

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Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! Beautiful image!

3/19/2005 7:13:42 AM

Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations Kelly!!!! Simply fantastic!!!

3/19/2005 9:42:27 AM

Kathy Shogren
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Congrats Kelly! A great image. Nice work.

3/19/2005 10:19:08 AM

Vicki Hunt
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Kelly, congratulations on this great recognition! This is a wonderful image!

3/19/2005 12:09:05 PM

Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations to you Kelly on this beautiful Grand prize Winner!!!!!!!!

3/19/2005 1:30:24 PM

Wendy Stevenson
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Congrats to you Kelly on winning Grand Prize with this beautiful, happy, fun and unforgetable image!! Perfect in everyway and so well deserving. Well done.

3/20/2005 4:19:34 AM

gloria s. kasse vega
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Congrtulationss, I love this picture, hope someday to take one like that.

3/20/2005 5:57:57 AM

Tori A. Woods
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Congratulations to Kelly!!! You deserve truly captured the innocence in children, making us adults wish we were that free again...also the photo is so great that I feel like I'm actually there observing these beautiful children myself....

3/20/2005 7:28:48 AM

Michelle B. Prince
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Congrats, this is the best photo I have seen yet.

3/20/2005 3:38:03 PM

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Big congrats Kelly!! You have captured the essence of children...their laughter, innocence, content to be with friends...JUST WONDERFUL!! Congrats to you!! so well deserved!

3/20/2005 8:48:40 PM

Cindy K. Bracken
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Congratulations, Kelly! A well-deserved win. I love it!
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3/21/2005 7:08:48 AM

Michelle B. Prince
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Hey, I love the coloring but don't understand what you mean by creating a color layer. It is really a unique technique.

3/22/2005 2:34:09 PM

Kelly Plitt
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Hi Michelle - A color layer is a layer which acts kind of like putting colored cellophane over a picture.

Layers can be defined in all different modes - one of which is "color."

If you are not familiar with photoshop layers, it's pretty easy if you check the help file, or look it up on the internet, there's a wealth of information!

There is so much to learn in photoshop, all I can say is DIG IN! :)

3/22/2005 2:58:58 PM

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Hi Kelly, I knew the first time I saw this posted on ArtSig that this was a winner all the way. Congratulations! Well deserved.

3/24/2005 8:06:14 AM

Mary  Clarke
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Many congratulations Kelly.

3/25/2005 1:55:36 PM

Nancy Grace Chen
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Fabulous capture with such wonderful feeling that I got the chills!! Congratulations.


3/26/2005 7:38:11 PM

Rhonda Smith
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Hi Kelly... thanks for sharing your technique... I was playing around with that tonite after reading your post. I think I'm gonna like working with that cause as you said.. it gives you more depth .. thanks again and Congrats on the win !

3/27/2005 4:56:54 PM

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Congratulations, Kelly, on winning the Grand Prize. It's such a "feel good" image. The joy on their faces is infectious!

3/28/2005 7:38:53 PM

Marta Azevedo
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Congratulations. Wonderful capture

4/4/2005 9:53:20 PM

Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Kelly on your well-deserved win! What a timeless and evocative photo!

4/10/2005 1:49:41 AM

Jean Crombie
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A big congratulations Kelly, nothing warms the heart and brings a smile more than the joyfulness of children. You've captured it beautifully.

4/15/2005 7:23:18 AM

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I cannot say enough about this precious photo. I cannot keep my eyes off of it. I'd like to ask you a question if you don't mind...When you created the color layer and used the paint bucket to "spill" in your chosen color, what WAS the chosen color? And was there more than one layer before you tweaked with color balance? Your tones are beautiful!

4/17/2005 6:36:03 PM

Kelly Plitt
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Oh dear, I'm afraid I haven't checked these comments in a long time - to answer Kim's question - the color I ended up with for the sepia color layer is #321F0C - easy to just type in when you are selecting your foreground color in photoshop. Hope that helps!!

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments! -Kelly

6/27/2005 7:40:01 PM

Breanna D. Manley
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This is so sweet!! I just LOVE the expressions. I can see why it won!

5/9/2006 6:09:22 AM

Patrick R. McMullen
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Love your editing on it. It's a perfect capture of expressions.

2/27/2007 7:08:08 AM

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