Their bond is so special to me.
I pray that it’s as special to them when they grow up.
I was practicing shooting at non-normal angles and I’m so glad I got this one. The focus isn’t so great, but the sentiment and action are priceless. I sharpened it and reduced the noise to help out a little. I turned it monochromatic to reduce the distraction. I thought about cropping in to get rid of the wooden chair on the right and the socks? above the book, but I like having the little bit of negative space around their heads. I increased the contrast and clarity, which can darken things, so I lightened the shadows. I adjusted the tone curve just a bit to slightly matte the image. Here’s the original:
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One thought on “Time for a Christmas Story”
Beautiful Image, Vicki! Although I would have left it in color. Couldn’t explain why, just a gut feeling. Probably because their hair and the color of the couch fit beautifully. I would have corrected the white balance, clicking with the WB color selector on the grey part of the dwarf on the book and then adjust it from their with the sliders until the skin tones seem right. Increase saturation a bit, sharpening. I would not crop out the socks but rather try to clone them out, so the hand and the book your older one holds are not to tight on the edge of the image. The chair on the right doesn’t really distract. You could think of a slight vignette, then it would be even less visible. Just my thoughts 😉