Uploaded: January 05, 2003 01:11:21


Kathy L. Schneider January 05, 2003

Shelley, this is so bright and refreshing! I love the composiition and the wonderful expression, complete with the crossed eyes! High key is your speciality! Great job! #17733

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks so much Kathy! Yes, I think he is deciding on the orange one! LOL #37877

Ray Charles May 26, 2019

Great job on this portrait Shelley. I can this one next in months winners cicle. #37887

Denny Medley May 26, 2019

Excellent image, Shelley! I've been playing with High key lately, but I'm nowhere close to this excellent shot! Fantastic work, and good luck! #37888

Dolores Neilson May 26, 2019

Shelley...take an outstanding photographer and a cute little adorable boy who can model well and you have a winning shot! I can see this on as an advertisement for Popsicles! You better contact them, Shelley! #37890

Carol Engstrom level-classic May 26, 2019

Great shot, Shelley! Are you sure he is going to decide though? I think he just wants to take all four. #37899

Carol Sherman May 26, 2019

Shelley....a winner for sure!!!
Fantastic shot, love his expression and the colours are so vivid. Hmmm, me thinks he'll decide to take them all.lol

p.s.- may I ask, what is "High Key" that Denny mentioned? #38029

Joann Tompkins-Winborn May 26, 2019

love this picture! I don't usually pay much attention to "people" pictures, but this one really shouted at me!
Thanks for sharing. God bless you and yours.

Stephanie Adams May 26, 2019

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! Fantastic job!! Wow! Great job Shelly, this had better be a winner :O)

I would also like to know what "High Key" is, if anyone can help us out we would appreciate it. Thanks


Angie Hill May 26, 2019

Great job on this Shelley! I agree with Dolores, you better get this one to the right contact to sell it.

Carol, High Key is a picture with alot of light tones with little or no midtones and shadows.

Angie Hill
www.digitalphotonut.com #38056

Carol Sherman May 26, 2019

Angie, thank you for the info. How is this achieved...I'm still so new to all of this.lol #38060

Angie Hill May 26, 2019

Carol, You can achieve this by spot metering on the darkest area of the subject. I don't know what camera you use, but you can look in your manual and read about metering.

Angie #38073

Carol Sherman May 26, 2019

Thank you again Angie, I will definitely read up on it. #38076

bob garas May 26, 2019

great shot Shelley. perfectly composed #38094

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks so much everyone for your comments on this shot! Thanks Angie for explaining "high key" to them. Angie is right that I spot metered this shot, practically all of my shots are shot this way. Carol, on the Pro90, you need to look on top of your camera below your button that blows up your pics, three silver buttons right of the lens, the bottom one, it has a square and a dot in the middle of it. When you are in AV or TV, you can push this button and it will spot meter for you. Hope this helps. : ) Stephanie, I am not sure of your camera, but what I do is like Angie says, I take the darkest part and it lightens up the rest of the shot. Now about this being an ad for Popsicle, anyone have their number? LOL I am willing to discuss it. : ) Thanks so much everyone! #38137

June Marie Sobrito May 26, 2019

Outstanding! #38163

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks so much June Marie! #38192

Carol Sherman May 26, 2019

Oh Shelley, thank you. I have used the spot meter before, but not in AV or TV. Though, when 'I've' spot metered it certainly didn't look anything as Incredible as yours!!!lol You are always such a help to me and I do appreciate it.


Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Carol, you are welcome. I had my son stand by a white hutch in a white kitchen right next to an East double window. That gives me a lot of white! #38198

Stephanie Adams May 26, 2019

Shelley, my new Canon EOS 1v does have a spot meter and I will most certainly try this out! Thanks to you and your sister for explaining :O) I will drop you an email soon, nice to hear from you and good luck with this shot, it is outstanding! #38221

Denny Medley May 26, 2019

Shelley, I've just returned home to see that I spawned a lot of discussion on high key. I'm sorry I wasn't here more today to explain it. Thanks, Angie as well for the explanation and instructions. Good luck, Shelley! #38242

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Stephanie, you will need to let me know about that new camera of yours and how it performs. New toys, always fun. : ) I just got back to your emails Denny and Stephanie, sorry for the delay! Thanks again guys. #38340

May 26, 2019

Shelly, This shot is superb! Everything about this photo is simply great. The lighting and colors are perfect; and the boys expression, priceless! #42512

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks so much Douglas! Since I am a huge b&w fan, I was real happy with the turn out of the color. Especially with my digital. Also, I wanted to show my son's lovely blue eyes. This was taken in September and even though we were inside, we had to hurry, the popsicles would drip. My son was a great sport, of course he got to eat the props! LOL #42531

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic May 26, 2019

How many finalists are you goint to HAVE?? I shall kiss the ground your hiking boots walk on at Robber's Cave. #54564

Stephanie Adams May 26, 2019

congrats Shelley! I am sure this will become a winner! #54574

Cheryl Meisel May 26, 2019

Again congrats Shelly another photo of yours that is wild and wonderful.
This is for sure a winner! Cheryl #54678

Carol Engstrom level-classic May 26, 2019

Congratulations, Shelley! #54903

Dolores Neilson May 26, 2019

I extend my congrats again, Shelley! You know my feelings on this one! #55060

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks so much everyone!!!! #55433

Lem Metro May 26, 2019

A perfect photo has to get its just rewards! Congrats, Shelly. #55610

Cathy M. Gromball May 26, 2019

Congratulations on finals, Shelley! Dolores pegged it right - your forte is advertising photography! Awesome shot!

Cathy :) #58636

Cathy M. Gromball May 26, 2019

Congratulations on your second place win, Shelley!

Cathy :) #58959

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic May 26, 2019

Congrats, again, Shelley. Ya show off!!LOL #59116

Sharon E. Lowe level-addict May 26, 2019

Congrats again, Shelley - another great shot! #59172

Carol Sherman May 26, 2019

Yay!!!! What Incredible News, Shelley!!!
Congratulations on this, most deserving of your work!!! #59230

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks everyone! I will have to admit, I am real proud of this shot! #59394

Dolores Neilson May 26, 2019

Congrats on 2nd place with this one, Shelley!! I love the uniqueness and creativity of this one. YES! You SHOULD be proud of this shot!! #59421

Gerda Grice level-classic May 26, 2019

Just adorable, Shelley, and so beautifully done. Great little model, too! Many congratulations on winning 2nd place with this great shot! #59435

Faith Locke Siewert May 26, 2019

That was a sure winner! Fantastic picture, Shelley! Congrats!

Faith. #59924

Bernard B. Travers May 26, 2019

Hip, hip, horay for Shelley. Good job. #60175

Piper Lehman May 26, 2019

Congrats, Shelley. You already know how much I admire your high-key shot skills. I would just like to add a note to the spot metering technique - Steph, et. al, you need a high contrast situation to get a shot this "high key" -- as Shelley has explained, you will need to shoot into the light or white BG and meter for the darkest part of the scene (preferably plenty of stops darker than the light). The larger the gap between light and dark, the 'higher' your high key shot will turn out. Because this is a digital shot, I'm sure Shelley took advantage of the ability to check each shot until she got the right "white" in the "high key" portion of the shot.

If your camera doesn't have spot metering capabilities, you can use your matrix or center-weighted meter by filling the viewfinder with only the dark portion you're trying to meter. You can also simply take an average meter reading of the entire scene and bracket a few shots over the reading in full or 1/2 stop increments, depending on what type of film you're using.

The trick to all this is keeping the color from washing out of your main subject while whitening the background at the same time. The white shirt Shelley had her son wear did more than draw the eye to the colors, it helped keep the meter from being distracted, so to speak.

Excellent shot for a technical lesson, Shelley. We should write a book, all of us, called: "Everything I know I learned at BetterPhoto" #60473

Kathy L. Schneider May 26, 2019

Alright Shelley! I knew this was a winner! Great job! Congratulations! #60597

Shelley Sanders May 26, 2019

Thanks everyone! Piper, that is a wonderful tutorial, thanks so very much! I don't remember if I mentioned I had +1/3 exp. comp. on this. Another shot I can remember I had +2 exp.comp. on to get the high key effect. In fact, it was one of my first high key shots, nuts and bolts. Here is another lesson for everyone, hot lamp, metal, shooting time 20 min. DO NOT PICK UP METAL immediately after shoot. O.K. it might just be a lesson for us blondes! LOL #60817

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 17, 2009

I think he went for the ORANGE!!! HA!

What a fun and fanciful High Key Image, Shelly!

Huge congrats on your big win!!! I saw this scrolling on the BP winners area.

-Laura Swan #8137983

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