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Congratulations to Arka for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 10 votes - View Previous Winners


I haven't posted new material in a while, so I wanted to offer these images from a recent project my wife and I have been working on... sort of a "trash-the-dress" idea by the sea. We found a nice site to shoot, but there were a lot of variables to juggle, including the weather, tides, and our daughter's moods. The good news is that my daughter has almost overcome her reflexive fear of the sea, and that our clothes are actually salvageable.

Both were shot using a D800 and 24-70 f/2.8G lens and tripod. I shot my wife and she shot me. I processed both images, with a little help from my wife on her shot.







Portrait of me with my daughter







Portrait of my wife with our daughter




Sep 28, 2015 at 08:17 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Both very nice with the second one being my favorite
Share your processing technique on these



Sep 28, 2015 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Family Portraits by the Sea


I really like these! Very nicely done.


Sep 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Beautiful---both. Very unique.

Jack



Sep 28, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Very nice, I especially enjoy the shot with your wife, as their expressions are both so different yet go well together.


Sep 28, 2015 at 02:19 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Beautiful set, nicely done!


Sep 28, 2015 at 04:10 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Family Portraits by the Sea


I like both of these a lot. It seems hard to come up with something original for portraits, but you've done that here. Love the little bit of motion blur in the water.

--David



Sep 28, 2015 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Family Portraits by the Sea


WOW...Great work.


Sep 28, 2015 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Family Portraits by the Sea


simply stunning!


Sep 28, 2015 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Beautiful


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I concur Beautiful!


Sep 29, 2015 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Very nice! Thanks for sharing! I will try this technique.


Sep 29, 2015 at 10:56 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Very nice! Thanks for sharing! I will try this technique.


Sep 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM
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I like these alot. I like the second one more because of your daughter's expression and it doesn't have the posts.

Since this pair seem to naturally go together as a set, I wonder if you had taken a photo of just yourself without the posts, facing to the left. Then you could display the pair together as a diptych with you facing toward your wife+daughter.



Sep 29, 2015 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Nice! These are beautiful and unique.


Sep 29, 2015 at 02:06 PM
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These are amazing--so lovely.

Agree with the above comments about #2 being the stand-out because of the relaxed & content expression on your daughter (beautiful) combined with the serious & serene expression on your wife. But really, both images are perfection in my eyes.

I'm interested in how you get this subtle tonal separation to give it that slightly painterly look, yet not crazily overdone. The processing is stunning and unique.



Sep 29, 2015 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Family Portraits by the Sea


Wonderful, both of em


Sep 30, 2015 at 01:13 AM
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Good stuff, Arka! The second one is exquisite.


Sep 30, 2015 at 09:10 PM
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Really nice picture. Could you please tell how info on how you took the shot


Sep 30, 2015 at 10:07 PM
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MJRobinson wrote:
These are amazing--so lovely.

Agree with the above comments about #2 being the stand-out because of the relaxed & content expression on your daughter (beautiful) combined with the serious & serene expression on your wife. But really, both images are perfection in my eyes.

I'm interested in how you get this subtle tonal separation to give it that slightly painterly look, yet not crazily overdone. The processing is stunning and unique.


Thanks! The tonal separation was achieved by adding a haze layer, which is basically a light-colored fill with selective painting done in a layer mask. I ultimately applied it at a low opacity in both of these images to amplify the existing haze.

arguna wrote:
Really nice picture. Could you please tell how info on how you took the shot


Thanks! Images were shot on a tripod, with water slowed down using a quarter or eighth second shutter and a variable ND filter. We shot as many images as our daughterís moods would permit, since the water level and patterns varied quite a bit. The experience of standing in the water (while trying to reduce motion blur) with our daughter was really therapeutic for both of us, even when she started to worry about the crashing waves.

gshawus wrote:
Both very nice with the second one being my favorite
Share your processing technique on these


Thanks for your kind words! With respect to processing, the techniques used here are a mixed bag without a distinct recipe. What I found most helpful on this project was pre-visualization. I drew thumbnails in a sketchbook (attached herein), which gave me a plan of where I wanted to go re: site selection, wardrobe, desired weather conditions, and the angles to capture. I drew five such thumbnails here in a three-value color scheme, and shared them with my wife (who was both model and shooter) to ensure effective coordination. I do this a lot with shoots involving models as well, and have found it really helpful towards getting a result that I want (or at least providing a framework for improvisation in case things donít work out exactly according to plan, which happened a few times during this shoot). I didn't know about the posts before visiting the site, but decided I liked them for my own picture so incorporated them here. Looks like they weren't that popular though.







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