Monday, June 1, 2009

Great Grandma's Embrace

On our recent trip to MI, my grandmother managed to corral my son into her arms for an extended hug and some quiet time. He lasted about one minute and then was off like a bullet. But it is a tender minute, and I am very glad I was able to capture it.

From a photographic prospective, there is a good bit going on that I really liked. First of all the expressions, for something like this having them look directly into the camera is not really the mood I was looking to convey. To me this is more of a quiet moment together captured without thought about the camera. In some later frames, he gets a toothy grin, and I think that breaks the mood. I like the leading lines of his arms which bring you right up into their faces. Their hands clasped together. These elements also create an interesting triangle shape (his eyes, her eyes, and their hands together). The symmetry between his yellow gloves and the yellow tint of the bush in the background add a splash of color and pop to the subtle tones of the image. Yellow usually recedes but here it stands out well and does not overwhelm like a red tone would. As for post processing, I lightened their faces a bit to bring them out just a bit. I also used a set of Lightroom presets (Focus Beauty) to blur and darken the edges. These together I thought helped pull in the focus onto their faces.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Howard Grill said...

Very emotional shot!

Chris Couse said...

Hey Beau. Just dropped in to have a peek around your blog. Glad I did. I see you mentioned the Focus Builder Lightroom preset. Just downloaded and am checking it out now. Best of luck with the magazine shooting. Maybe I'll see you afield again !

SPH said...

This is a great photo, Beau.