Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003

© Kelly Plitt

Innocent Laughter - Kazakh Cuties 2003

Margot Petrowski February 06, 2005

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

Lori Boggetti February 06, 2005

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

Jen February 06, 2005

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

Kristy E. Lane February 06, 2005

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

Gaurav Mehra February 06, 2005

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

Deb Brown February 06, 2005

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

Terrill Province February 06, 2005

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

February 07, 2005

Beautifully captured the moment. #1088695

February 08, 2005

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 February 17, 2005

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

Margot Petrowski March 15, 2005

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

Kelly Heaton March 15, 2005

Congratulations on your finalist! Great Capture! #1177241

Murry Grigsby March 17, 2005

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

Joannie Bertucci level-classic March 17, 2005

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 March 17, 2005

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

Judy S. Fung March 17, 2005

Congrats on your grand prize win, Kelly! #1185765

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe March 17, 2005

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

Casey A. Hanson March 17, 2005

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 March 17, 2005

Hello Kelly,
Congratulations on this outstanding image! #1185812

William C. Raco level-addict March 17, 2005

Congratulations, Kelly.
Very well done!



Monique Bogaerts March 17, 2005

Congrats on your winning picture!!! #1185839

Cindy Paquette March 17, 2005

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

Judith G. Secco March 17, 2005

Congratulations Kelly. This is just precious!! #1185918

Terry R. Hatfield March 17, 2005

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

Susi Lawson March 17, 2005

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

Steve Mescha March 17, 2005

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

Robert Mann level-classic March 17, 2005

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

Jill Flynn level-classic March 17, 2005

Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Kelly! #1186262

Olivia Navarro March 17, 2005

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

Deb Brown March 17, 2005

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

Debra Booth March 17, 2005

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

Kelly Abernathy level-classic March 17, 2005

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

kathy wolfe March 17, 2005

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 March 17, 2005


Dawn Balaban March 17, 2005

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

Kelly Plitt March 17, 2005

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 level-deluxe March 17, 2005

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

Jordi Delgado March 18, 2005

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

:-)) #1187145

Kathleen Clemons March 18, 2005

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

Bill Houghton March 18, 2005

Congratulations on your win. Great shot. #1187540

Laura Clay-Ballard March 18, 2005

CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful photo and well deserved! #1187802

Karen Beri March 18, 2005

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

Evy Johansen level-classic March 18, 2005

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

Donna W. Neal March 18, 2005

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

Olivia Navarro March 18, 2005

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 March 18, 2005

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

Kelly Plitt March 18, 2005

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 level-deluxe March 18, 2005

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Kelly! #1188553

Danilo Piccioni level-classic March 18, 2005

Fantastic image, very well deserved win!

Dado #1188572

Cynthia A. Jones March 18, 2005

congratulations Kelly. Well deserved
Cynthia #1188653

Kara L. Hendricks March 18, 2005

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

Kristi A. Howson March 18, 2005

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 level-classic March 18, 2005

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

Olivia Navarro March 18, 2005

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

Thanks again!

Jennifer Rennison March 19, 2005

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

Leonard Pierce March 19, 2005

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

Kathy Shogren level-classic March 19, 2005

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

Vicki Hunt March 19, 2005

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

Robin L. Wehrman March 19, 2005

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

Wendy Stevenson March 20, 2005

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 March 20, 2005

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

Tori A. Woods March 20, 2005

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 March 20, 2005

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

Dolores Neilson March 20, 2005

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 March 21, 2005

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

Michelle B. Prince March 22, 2005

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 March 22, 2005

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 level-classic March 24, 2005

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 March 25, 2005

Many congratulations Kelly. #1206291

Nancy Grace Chen March 26, 2005

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

Nancy #1208716

Rhonda Smith March 27, 2005

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 level-addict March 28, 2005

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

Marta Azevedo April 04, 2005

Congratulations. Wonderful capture #1229626

Patrick Campbell April 10, 2005

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

Jean Crombie April 15, 2005

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

April 17, 2005


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 June 27, 2005

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 May 09, 2006

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

Patrick R. McMullen February 27, 2007

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

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