Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003

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Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003

Margot Petrowski 2/6/2005 2:12:42 PM

Kelly, this is so sweet!!! I love the natural feel of it and the coloring is superb!! #212867

Lori Boggetti 2/6/2005 2:28:23 PM

You've got a winner here Kelly. This is so sweet and the quality is outstanding! Good Luck #1087797

Jen 2/6/2005 2:34:19 PM

Great shot! There's nothing like children's laughter to bring a smile to your face! #1087807

Kristy E. Lane 2/6/2005 2:38:45 PM

I agree, this is a winner!! Wonderful! #1087812

Gaurav Mehra 2/6/2005 6:02:18 PM

Kelly thats a wonderful capture of a wonderful moment!!! really cool... #1088032

Deb Brown 2/6/2005 7:56:12 PM

Kelly- everything about this is great.
Especially love the warmth and awesome clarity! Great Capture! #1088181

Terrill Province 2/6/2005 9:50:00 PM

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. #1088235

Gilbert Lacson 2/7/2005 5:17:25 AM

Beautifully captured the moment. #1088695

Katrina Elliott 2/8/2005 6:16:41 PM

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. #1092005

Kelly Plitt 2/17/2005 9:05:56 PM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!! -Kelly #1110404

Margot Petrowski 3/15/2005 6:14:29 PM

Good luck with this!!!! I think it's a real winner!!!! #1176508

Kelly Heaton 3/15/2005 7:24:07 PM

Congratulations on your finalist! Great Capture! #1177241

Murry Grigsby 3/17/2005 2:32:44 PM

Congratulations on your terrific shot and Grand Prize win Kelly! What great FUN!! #1185564

Joannie Bertucci 3/17/2005 2:38:21 PM

Kelly, this is one of the best grand prize winners! The subject matter is universal and you've captured the theme to perfection!
Congratulations! #1185586

Janet L. Skinner 3/17/2005 2:44:15 PM

Congratulations, Kelly!!! This is a wonderful image in every way!! #1185607

Judy S. Fung 3/17/2005 3:15:09 PM

Congrats on your grand prize win, Kelly! #1185765

Carolyn M. Fletcher 3/17/2005 3:16:12 PM

Many congrats!! Excellent work! I love this!!! #1185774

Casey A. Hanson 3/17/2005 3:17:22 PM

Very deserving Grand Prize! Wonderful image, Kelly. I think it stirs the child in all of us! Well done and congratulations! :0) #1185781

Ed Heaton 3/17/2005 3:22:16 PM

Hello Kelly,
Congratulations on this outstanding image! #1185812

William C. Raco 3/17/2005 3:25:49 PM

Congratulations, Kelly.
Very well done!



Monique Bogaerts 3/17/2005 3:26:28 PM

Congrats on your winning picture!!! #1185839

Cindy Paquette 3/17/2005 3:28:07 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Kelly! This image is just so wonderful in so many ways! #1185852

Judith G. Secco 3/17/2005 3:40:09 PM

Congratulations Kelly. This is just precious!! #1185918

Terry R. Hatfield 3/17/2005 3:42:09 PM

Congratulations To You Kelly On This Beautiful Grand Prize Winner!! #1185925

Susi Lawson 3/17/2005 4:19:59 PM

Awesome capture!! well deserved win! Congrats! #1186101

Steve Mescha 3/17/2005 4:34:21 PM

I applaud the judges for picking this for the grand prize! It's definately a winner! #1186143

Robert Mann 3/17/2005 4:55:02 PM

Gorgeous tones, lovely and happy children and great lighting and capture and congrats on your Grand Prize, Kelly! #1186198

Jill Flynn 3/17/2005 5:21:37 PM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Kelly! #1186262

Olivia Navarro 3/17/2005 5:33:27 PM

Kelly, congratulations on your Grand Prize win! This is a fantastic picture! #1186292

Deb Brown 3/17/2005 5:36:12 PM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! This image is so beautiful, fun and natural---a well deserved winner you are!!!!!! #1186301

Debra Booth 3/17/2005 6:05:53 PM

Congratulations, Kelly, on this perfectly delightful, well-deserved, grand prize winner! #1186391

Kelly Abernathy 3/17/2005 6:57:24 PM

What a fun shot! Congratulations on your grand prize win! This is wonderful! -K #1186542

kathy wolfe 3/17/2005 7:12:49 PM

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!!! #1186606

Vern E. Wahlberg 3/17/2005 7:33:57 PM


Dawn Balaban 3/17/2005 7:47:32 PM

Great work! This shot is sweet. You have to smile when you see it. Congrats! #1186754

Kelly Plitt 3/17/2005 8:07:26 PM

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... :-) #1186850

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/17/2005 10:23:21 PM

Congratulations Kelly. How exciting!!! A beautiful image, delightful!! #1187093

Jordi Delgado 3/18/2005 12:18:23 AM

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

:-)) #1187145

Kathleen Clemons 3/18/2005 2:58:23 AM

A wonderful capture of childhood joy, Kelly. Congratulations! #1187287

Bill Houghton 3/18/2005 4:29:18 AM

Congratulations on your win. Great shot. #1187540

Laura Clay-Ballard 3/18/2005 5:25:22 AM

CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful photo and well deserved! #1187802

Karen Beri 3/18/2005 5:31:52 AM

Fantastic Kelly!!!!Congratulations on this well deserved win:) #1187837

Evy Johansen 3/18/2005 5:38:40 AM

Wow, wow... what a wonderful image!! BIG CONGRATULATIONS on Grand Prize! So well deserved! #1187866

Donna W. Neal 3/18/2005 5:41:33 AM

Excellent image. Congratulations Kelly on this grand prize winner! #1187879

Olivia Navarro 3/18/2005 6:56:32 AM

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! #1188229

Peggy Wolff 3/18/2005 7:04:05 AM

Congratulations Kelly on this wonderful shot! You can't help but smile when you look at this, it is perfect! #1188254

Kelly Plitt 3/18/2005 7:17:10 AM

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!

-Kelly #1188287

Kay Beausoleil 3/18/2005 9:18:08 AM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! #1188553

Danilo Piccioni 3/18/2005 9:40:01 AM

Fantastic image, very well deserved win!

Dado #1188572

Cynthia A. Jones 3/18/2005 10:07:33 AM

congratulations Kelly. Well deserved
Cynthia #1188653

Kara L. Hendricks 3/18/2005 11:20:40 AM

Incredible image Kelly! Congratulations on this well deserved winner.. #1188816

Kristi A. Howson 3/18/2005 12:21:20 PM

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!!! #1188916

Monika Sapek 3/18/2005 3:51:26 PM

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

Olivia Navarro 3/18/2005 8:42:55 PM

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

Thanks again!

Jennifer Rennison 3/19/2005 7:13:42 AM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! Beautiful image! #1190742

Leonard Pierce 3/19/2005 9:42:27 AM

Congratulations Kelly!!!! Simply fantastic!!! #1191038

Kathy Shogren 3/19/2005 10:19:08 AM

Congrats Kelly! A great image. Nice work. #1191070

Vicki Hunt 3/19/2005 12:09:05 PM

Kelly, congratulations on this great recognition! This is a wonderful image! #1191204

Robin L. Wehrman 3/19/2005 1:30:24 PM

Congratulations to you Kelly on this beautiful Grand prize Winner!!!!!!!! #1191339

Wendy Stevenson 3/20/2005 4:19:34 AM

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. #1192155

gloria s. kasse vega 3/20/2005 5:57:57 AM

Congrtulationss, I love this picture, hope someday to take one like that.

Tori A. Woods 3/20/2005 7:28:48 AM

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.... #1192602

Michelle B. Prince 3/20/2005 3:38:03 PM

Congrats, this is the best photo I have seen yet. #1193408

Dolores Neilson 3/20/2005 8:48:40 PM

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! #1193838

Cindy K. Bracken 3/21/2005 7:08:48 AM

Congratulations, Kelly! A well-deserved win. I love it!
Cindy Bracken
shuttermom profitable photography #1194933

Michelle B. Prince 3/22/2005 2:34:09 PM

Hey, I love the coloring but don't understand what you mean by creating a color layer. It is really a unique technique. #1198773

Kelly Plitt 3/22/2005 2:58:58 PM

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! :) #1198844

Allen Conrad 3/24/2005 8:06:14 AM

Hi Kelly, I knew the first time I saw this posted on ArtSig that this was a winner all the way. Congratulations! Well deserved. #1203440

Mary Clarke 3/25/2005 1:55:36 PM

Many congratulations Kelly. #1206291

Nancy Grace Chen 3/26/2005 7:38:11 PM

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

Nancy #1208716

Rhonda Smith 3/27/2005 4:56:54 PM

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 ! #1210182

Cora Miller 3/28/2005 7:38:53 PM

Congratulations, Kelly, on winning the Grand Prize. It's such a "feel good" image. The joy on their faces is infectious! #1213284

Marta Azevedo 4/4/2005 9:53:20 PM

Congratulations. Wonderful capture #1229626

Patrick Campbell 4/10/2005 1:49:41 AM

Congrats Kelly on your well-deserved win! What a timeless and evocative photo! #1242308

Jean Crombie 4/15/2005 7:23:18 AM

A big congratulations Kelly, nothing warms the heart and brings a smile more than the joyfulness of children. You've captured it beautifully. #1256602

Kim Perkins 4/17/2005 6:36:03 PM


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!

Kelly Plitt 6/27/2005 7:40:01 PM

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 #1528854

Breanna D. Manley 5/9/2006 6:09:22 AM

This is so sweet!! I just LOVE the expressions. I can see why it won! #2742019

Patrick R. McMullen 2/27/2007 7:08:08 AM

Love your editing on it. It's a perfect capture of expressions.
Pat #4000851

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