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Old 06-02-2003, 10:20 AM
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Mommy's Little Pumpkin

I know this isn't the most professional photograph. I am defintely not a photographer! But, I had to submit this photo to see what all of you can do with it.

This was part of my attempt at a "photo shoot" of my son last October in or yard. He's three months old in this pic. I had snapped a roll of B&W and part of a roll of color film (before he had had enough). This is the lst picture I took, and he's actually in the process of falling over and rolling down the hill a couple of times. So needless to say, I moved to catch him and he's off-center a bit.

The smile was priceless and made the pic!
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:02 AM
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Here's my attempt at Lisa's pencil sketch that didn't work like I wanted, so I revised it with some color, etc.
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:13 AM
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Jennifer -- it's a great expression, and one you'll be overjoyed that you caught throughout your life!

I'll want to try several, but this one just keeps the photographic style with a bit of tonal correction, and an action created by Bud's Frames.
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:21 AM
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Jennifer--this is a wonderful picture. It's always been my assertion that mommies and daddies take the best pictures of their kids because they can capture the *real* smiles that are too shy around professional photographers that they don't know. Your son is a real cutie, by the way!

I really like your sketch treatment. It works very well for this photo!

CJ--that is great! It also really works with the texture of the photo.
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:36 AM
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Amanda -- I think you're right about parents being able to capture the REAL expressions, and it is a great image, isn't it!

I tried the usual sketch technique, with a bit of burning and leveling.
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Old 06-02-2003, 03:04 PM
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Finally had a chance to get back to this smile...

I went for a heavy chalk on paper kind of look.
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Old 06-02-2003, 03:32 PM
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Jennifer - what an expressive shot! I think your sketch came out very well! The color is very soft and the way you cropped it works perfect.

CJ - nice frame and subtle corrections! --- that is ready to be hung on the wall. I have such difficulty with sketches ---- your is very good. The display and drop shadow complete the effect.

Amanda - Bold colors with the heavy green! It makes the image just jump out at you!

Have to agree with everyone here -- Mom's and Dad's get some of the best pictures!
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Old 06-02-2003, 04:25 PM
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Jennifer, what a beautiful child! I think the sketch came out great.
CJ, nice frame, and colors.
Amanda, I love the way it just pops off the screen at you.
Jill, what great texture.

I tried my own sketch instructions to see if it was dumb luck(it might have been) or not. I think when I have you change the mode to hard light I was playing with shutting some of the lower layers to get the right look, but I didn't really pay attention to which layers I was turning on and off. The other thing I did this time was to add an overlay layer of this parchment paper pattern that I have at around 30% opacity. Anyways, here's what I got, I did a b&w and color version.

-Lisa
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Old 06-02-2003, 05:09 PM
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Smile Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

Thank you so much for all the compliments on my beautiful baby boy! I know all mother;s think their babies are adorable, but I just think he is amazingly so!

I think the best photos are the ones with a story behind them. I try to tell all of you the story whenever I submit a photo. Would you believe that it's hard to get a picture of Cameron now? Every time he sees a camera he breaks out the big tears. The only thing I can associate with it is the bright flash. Makes it hard for a mommy and grandma to keep up their scrapbooks!

CJ, the frame makes it sooo much better! It's amazing how the picture pops with it. I like your sketch too. You did a good job keeping the detail in his eyes.

Amanda, the smudging on the card really shows off the movement. If you only could have seen him rolling down the hill!

Lisa, you really have that sketch thing down! I don't know which version I like better.

Here's another version from me. I love the sketch look, but wanted to add color. Couldn't get it right; too light or to dark. Found a solution with this. Consider it a "Work In Progress."
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Old 06-02-2003, 05:17 PM
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You don't think falling on a pumpkin and rolling down a hill might have anything to do with camera fear? Just teasing...

My son learned *real* quick to ham it up for the camera. It's been horribly difficult since he was about six months old (he's five now) to take a picture where he doesn't have one of those huge, cheesy grins plastered on his face or sticking his tongue out, or putting his fingers in his nose...

I like your work in progress. Great application of technique!
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