A Breath of Fresh Air

© Eleanor Caputo

A Breath of Fresh Air

Leanne M.E. Boyd 11/28/2005 6:54:00 AM

This is fun, Eleanor! I love the expression on the little girl's face. Sweet shot! #350993

Sandy Landon 11/28/2005 7:37:32 AM

So cute!!! Looks like she is having a blast!! #2130320

Dale Ann Cubbage 11/28/2005 8:30:05 AM

Adorable capture! Love the lighting and white background, it really lets her and the leaves shine!

da #2130559

Eleanor Caputo 11/28/2005 9:01:46 AM

Thank you so much! She was a joy to photograph. Her brother was also much fun. She is only 3 years old and her brother is 6. Thanks again for your kind comments!! #2130668

Ronald Balthazor 11/28/2005 2:19:05 PM

Great emotions well captured, Eleanor. #2131648

Kay E. Mahoney 11/28/2005 7:56:02 PM

Cute capture Eleanor. She's adorable. Love those curls. #2132632

Janine Russell 11/28/2005 10:19:21 PM

Eleanor, excellent action capture with a great expression. #2132918

Joanne C. Anderson 12/3/2005 4:47:39 AM

It is such a delightful photo, Eleanor. How do you take the background out and add the flying leaves? I would love to do something like this. #2147901

Eleanor Caputo 12/3/2005 6:50:20 AM

Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights #2148212

Eleanor Caputo 12/3/2005 6:51:48 AM

Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights #2148219

Eleanor Caputo 12/3/2005 6:53:56 AM

Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights #2148229

Eleanor Caputo 12/3/2005 6:54:14 AM

Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights #2148231

Eleanor Caputo 12/3/2005 6:55:52 AM

Well I guess I don't know how to get a pic of the lights and canvas up sorry. Here is a link to his store

http://stores.ebay.com/STEVE-KAESER-BACKGROUNDS-SINCE-1989_Lights-Flash-Strobe_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQftidZ2QQtZkm #2148238

Joanne C. Anderson 12/3/2005 11:47:23 AM

Eleanor, I can't thank you enough for all the information you gave me. It is so very helpful, plus knowing what kind of equipment is needed. I really enjoyed looking through your gallery, you are such a talented, accomplished photographer. Thanks again. #2148997

bob cornelison 12/5/2005 11:20:36 AM

This is a winner! Great job!
~:O) #2155093

Eleanor Caputo 12/5/2005 11:26:13 AM

You're welcome Joanne and thank you very much Bob!!! #2155120

Joanne C. Anderson 12/20/2005 3:31:50 AM

Congratulations Eleanor!! #2202489

Wendy Stevenson 12/20/2005 5:37:49 AM

Well was there any doubt!!! This is such a superb image in every respect El!! Big Congrats on this most excellent finalist!! #2203024

Kirsi Bertolini 12/20/2005 8:13:36 AM

Great picture and great info! I really miss your critique.. Still at the cafe? #2203814

Sandy Landon 12/20/2005 8:20:34 AM

Excellent!!! Congrats!! #2203878

Eleanor Caputo 12/20/2005 8:21:07 AM

Thanks Joanne, Wendy and Kirsi! Yes I am still at the Cafe. Merry Christmas all!1 #2203883

Jill Flynn 12/20/2005 8:23:32 AM

I remember this FANTASTIC winning image from the Cafe Eleanor. Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round! #2203898

Eleanor Caputo 12/20/2005 9:23:07 AM

Thanks Jill! Congrats on all your finalists too. I saw them but didn't have time to leave a message on them all. Great work!! #2204310

Katherine Kuhn 12/20/2005 12:25:01 PM

Fantastic shot! Wonderful capture of the joy of a child truly being a child! Congratulations on making finalist & good luck on the next round!! #2205399

Lori S. Aschbrenner 12/21/2005 12:03:00 AM

Congratulations, Eleanor! Great capture! #2207818

Kay E. Mahoney 12/21/2005 4:32:27 PM

Congratulations on your adorable photo. #2210812

Jolynne Woodcock 12/22/2005 9:48:03 PM

Congrats, good luck in the next round! #2215410

Kay E. Mahoney 12/23/2005 4:48:08 AM

Congratulations on your second place win. #2216257

Tom Andersen 12/23/2005 4:57:14 AM

Outstanding image, Eleanor! Congratulations on your much deserved win! #2216304

Eleanor Caputo 12/23/2005 6:07:21 AM

Well thank you all very much. I am honored. I can't wait to tell her dad how much everyone loves his little girl. Thank you judges!! #2216651

Michelle Ross 12/23/2005 6:53:44 AM

Hey Ellie . . .I loved this image at the Cafe also and so glad to see it win here as well . . . it's truly awesome! Have a great Holiday! #2216862

Wendy Stevenson 12/23/2005 7:41:24 AM

WooHoo - WTG El, you KNOW I LOVE THIS!!! Big Congrats on your second place win!!! #2217059

Claudia Kuhn 12/23/2005 8:20:39 AM

Very derserving of a win Eleanor! Big congrats!! #2217270

Jill Flynn 12/23/2005 8:50:27 AM

Way to go Eleanor! Congratulations on your win!! Loved it at the Cafe and love it here!! #2217418

Joline Frazier 12/24/2005 2:56:43 AM

Congratultions, Eleanor. This is an incredible portrait, and a joy to look at. #2219588

Eleanor Caputo 12/24/2005 6:31:15 AM

Thank you again Michelle, Wendy, Claudia, Jill and Joline and everyone. Merry Christmas!!! #2220127

Pat Gamwell 12/25/2005 10:48:45 AM

Don't know how I missed this the 1st time, but don't want to miss it again! This is PERFECTION in every way, Eleanor!! The joy shown on her face is priceless! WELL DESERVED win. Thank you for the equipment information. You are a master artist! #2222138

Eleanor Caputo 12/25/2005 11:51:20 AM

Hi Pat that is very nice of you to say! This was a Christmas present for a client's wife. I got a call this morning saying how much she loved it and it made her cry. That, and the support from my fellow photographers makes what I do all the more special to me. My sincere thanks to you. #2222226

Edwin S. Loyola 12/26/2005 2:19:24 AM

congrats, really a winning shot!!! I love the expression and concept... merry christmas!!! #2223095

bob cornelison 12/29/2005 5:12:46 PM

I knew this was a winner!
Congrats!
~:O) #2233516

Marcel J. Fernandez 1/4/2006 2:55:58 PM

Eleanor you are a winner every where you go. Congratulations on your delightful capture and for your win. #2252549

Bill Merlavage 1/18/2006 9:29:59 AM

Great shot Eleanor...you rock!! #2302512

Eleanor Caputo 1/18/2006 9:36:04 AM

LOLOL Bill you're a crack up. Thanks! HI, by the way.! #2302543

Cathy M. Gromball 1/20/2006 8:49:58 AM

Congratulations on your Second Place win, Eleanor!

Cathy :) #2310338

Dr Silly 1/21/2006 2:37:22 AM

Congratulations Eleanor. :o)
#2313278

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 1/21/2006 1:20:18 PM

Great sense of joy! #2317854

Eleanor Caputo 1/21/2006 2:04:00 PM

Well this is quite a surprise. Thank you all very, very much! Thank you judges for choosing this as a finalist in the Joy theme. Her father is so excited. #2318050

Debra Booth 1/21/2006 5:16:35 PM

Wonderful capture, Eleanor! Congratulations! #2319088

Enrique Sallent 1/22/2006 2:14:57 PM

Big congrats, Ellie!!!! #2323233

Eleanor Caputo 1/22/2006 3:02:55 PM

Thanks a bunch Enrique! #2323415

Marlon Ignacio 1/22/2006 5:56:09 PM

I love the high key treatment and her exuberance. Congratulations, Eleanor, and good luck in the final judging! #2323993

Kathy Shogren 1/22/2006 8:06:54 PM

Wonderful capture Eleanor. Congrats on being a finalist and good luck! #2324301

Wendy Stevenson 1/24/2006 7:57:57 AM

WooHoo, WTG El. Congratulations on this awesome win!! #2331020

Bill Merlavage 1/24/2006 8:30:10 AM

Hey Eleanor, as I may have mentioned earlier, you rock! Congrats on your win. What a happy shot. #2331120

bob cornelison 1/24/2006 9:11:38 AM

This shot never gets old does it!
Congrats again!
~:O) #2331351

Dr Silly 1/24/2006 9:21:25 AM

Congratulations on your 2nd place. :o)
#2331395

Eleanor Caputo 1/24/2006 9:36:37 AM

Actually it does get old LOL. I mistakenly entered it in the wrong theme last month and before I realized it, it won finalist and then 2nd place. I entered it in the Joy theme because that was the one I meant it for in the first place, hoping it might win first place. Sorry to win again with it. I couldn't delete it or it would have wiped out the first win. Didn't really know what to do. :o) But thanks for all thenice comments!! #2331425

Marlon Ignacio 1/24/2006 10:25:39 AM

Congratulations, Ellie! Way to go! Second Place!! Don't apologize for winning! #2331658

Kristi A. Howson 1/24/2006 10:36:51 AM

Congratulations on your win Eleanor. Fantastic! #2331718

Joline Frazier 1/24/2006 2:39:07 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful shot. It deserves every win it has gotton. #2332891

Jill Flynn 1/24/2006 8:40:43 PM

Congratulations on your WIN Eleanor! #2334336

Eleanor Caputo 1/24/2006 8:55:27 PM

Thank you Jill, Joline, Kristi & Marlon. You are very kind. Thanks for always being so supportive at all the sites. :o)) #2334390

Donna W. Neal 1/25/2006 6:06:47 AM

Congratulations on this fine winner Eleanor! #2335941

KHAWLA Haddad 1/26/2006 12:43:05 PM

Congratulations on your Wonderful winner!!! #2342153

Jeff S. Tangen 2/23/2006 4:19:36 PM

Fantastic shot Eleanor. Absolutely professional. #2459428

Shelly A. Van Camp 9/21/2006 2:39:43 PM

Beautiful little girl and picture..love it all..well done!! #3341575

Dave Sanders 9/24/2006 9:18:10 AM

Priceless Eleanore. Just fabulous! #3354202

Eleanor Caputo 9/24/2006 9:57:41 AM

Thank you so much Dave and Shelly. How nice of you to stop in and make a comment. Her parents loved this shot and her grandparents recently ordered some copies.

Thanks again! #3354313


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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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