Stills V3

September 24, 2013

Two pictures

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 21:06

Naomi suffers from eczema and is seen having her wrist soothed by her mum



M whilst her dad chats with her younger cousin


These were taken a few minutes apart at a family dinner whilst on holiday in France. I found them an interesting pair.



  1. Both images contain a troubled face expression which is unusual in family photos.
    Naomi’s expression with her mum is slightly troubled but seems to have a hint of ‘Why?’. I know we have a full frame ‘policy’ here but the OoF flowers(?) on the left seem to me to weaken the sense of eye contact with mum.
    In the second image I am left wondering why the lady in the front looks concerned whilst there is an enjoyable interchange going on the background? There is a triangle of faces and looks that takes you round.

    Comment by Rex — September 28, 2013 @ 10:41

  2. Both are very enjoyable shots. Some of my ‘best’ shots are of the grandchildren and in general good family shots can be as interesting as any street photography. While I like Naomi’s expression in that interaction, I find the lower shot more satisfying for its more complex placing of the figures and their interaction. Is the conversion method different for the two of them?

    Comment by zavaell — October 1, 2013 @ 06:40

  3. Thank you both. I like both, in part as they are not simple smileys, but have more going on. Sometimes a caption is needed too, of course. I’m not sure the second picture is that comfortable, but I like it because of the dissonance and ambiguity.

    Rex, I have a full frame policy that is just strict enough that I can break it if I want! I tried various crops of Naomi, but preferred the full frame every time.

    John, both were converted in LR3, with no additional software. I spent more time working on the luminosity of the second though, as I wanted to define the separation between Maddie at the front and Hannah behind.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — October 7, 2013 @ 20:53

  4. Comments that I might make would largely echo what’s already been said. I do wonder though if John’s question about the processing relates to the fact that both images seem to have a different tint (if that’s the right expression)?

    Comment by cgcooke — October 10, 2013 @ 22:28

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