Kid shots with vintage processing

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TracyF's picture
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Kid shots with vintage processing

I was watching my kids play this morning and remembering doing so many of the same things, and it made me think of how timeless some kids' games are, and made me want to do some vintage processing. I'm curious to get a bit of CC on these as they're a bit of a different look for me, but I kind of like them.

These are taken with a friend's Nikon D40, f4.5ish (varied a bit, but usually about there), SS varied a lot depending on which side of the yard we were in. Lowest was 1/125, highest was about 1/640. ISO 200.

#1 - My favourite for the warmth and colour, and I love how the "O" of his lips is framed by the bubble wand.
Blowing Bubbles 2

#2 - This one I think could use a bit more work on the colour, maybe warming up and increasing saturation a tad? Not too sure...
Blowing Bubbles 1 (Vintage)

I am concerned her hat is a bit too blown, but was really having trouble getting the vintage look I wanted without blowing the hat. Here's the original just for comparison:
Blowing Bubbles 1

#3 - When I saw this on the camera's display, I loved it, but when I downloaded it, I was disappointed to see a tiny bit of motion blur or else the focus fell just slightly off, I'm not sure which. Does it wreck the shot?
Sidewalk Chalk 2

#4 - Because of the problem with #3, I processed this one too. I like the comp, but somehow it isn't as dynamic for me. Curious what others think.
Sidewalk Chalk 1

TIA!!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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I love the framing in #1 with the lips through the circle in the bubble wand Smile I wish it had more of the same processing as the rest of them. It looks a little too bright, the color is slightly different, and isn't as soft.

I do like you're edit better than the original for #2. I can't say that I really noticed the hat until you had pointed it out. I was just focusing on the action that you captured.

I do see what you're talking about with the softness in #3. I think that maybe the focus fell on to the sidewalk where she had already wrote with the chalk (under her fingers). I'm with you, though. I LOVE the comp on this! It really draws me in, and the processing fits it SO well!

Focus is better on #4, but I agree that the comp just isn't as good as #3. I think it could be because of the chopping of the knee.

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I really like your processing! I'm a huge fan of unique processing, though. #1 is my fav, I like his lips through the bubble wand. I see what you mean about #3- I agree with Stephanie that the focus fell on the ground. It's still great, and I'm not sure I would have noticed if you wouldn't have said something.

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Thanks for the helpful comments!

I see what you mean about #1, Steph. I really like it the way it is, but you're right that it doesn't have the same look, so as a set, I've spent a bit of time trying to improve it. Is this any better?
Micah Blowing Bubbles - Vintage Take II

I was really having trouble with the colour. The WB seemed to change with a shift in the sun/clouds for this shot, and I'm having trouble getting it right. I did desaturate it a little and think it's a bit softer overall.

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Oh, I like the processing better! It definitely fits with the others, and I feel like the brightness is lower on it than the first edit. The first edit seems a bit bright now that I compare the two. Good job!

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I like that 2nd edit of #1 better too. In the first edit his cheeks and nose were too bright, and the colors were more orangey.

TracyF's picture
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Awesome, thanks! That's really helpful!

Just had a laugh looking at these photos... my poor kids look like they live in a prison with all that wire fencing around. Oh, the joys of townhouse living!

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I ADORE the chalk ones! Love the perspective. I SUCK at those shots!

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"sadieruth" wrote:

I ADORE the chalk ones! Love the perspective. I SUCK at those shots!

Somehow missed replying to this, Sadie... but I usually suck at these shots too. But I LOVE different perspectives, so I just keep trying and this time I pulled it off! My only regret is that the one time I finally achieved what I was going for, Nora's pant leg was all wet from her having spilled bubble solution all over herself. Wink

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