Warm Day in January II

This was taken during the same afternoon, in the same location, as the image in the previous post.

Post-processing: Shot with the 5D at 17mm. I stopped the camera down quite a bit when I shot this. In post, I changed the white balance from the camera's auto-mode to add more warmth, added some vignetting, applied curves adjustments and desaturated the image overall.

Thanks, everyone! Hope 2006 is off to a great start!



Very nice. I think this one wins over yesterday's.

Posted by Viking on January 9, 2006 1:56 AM

Wow! This is wonderful. I love the boy's reflection in the muddy water. Fantastic shot.

Posted by Kim on January 9, 2006 2:13 AM

Fantastic composition, the whole photo just draws me in.

Posted by Eric on January 9, 2006 2:53 AM

the photo has told very deep meaning of life, for me. amazing...

Posted by Budi on January 9, 2006 3:51 AM

Reminds me of Cartier Breson's puddle jump shot only transposed to the countryside instead of the city. Lovely work.

Posted by pfong on January 9, 2006 4:09 AM

Wow. I mean... WOW. Damn, Kathleen... Good stuff.

Posted by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez on January 9, 2006 5:29 AM

wow. love the darkness

Posted by james on January 9, 2006 6:24 AM

today i was feeling blue, and everything else just fell apart.

its 10:30pm and i was about to go to bed for some rest and do it all again tommorrow.

but i decided to see if you updated today.

i am glad i did.

1st smile i have had in what feels to be a long, long, long time.

i thank you

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Posted by localhost on January 9, 2006 6:34 AM

This is so wonderful on so many levels. Subject, contrast, color etc. Love it.

Posted by Noreen on January 9, 2006 7:22 AM

Very nice photo! Love the contrast.

Posted by Chris on January 9, 2006 8:20 AM

looks so amazing...like a painting.

Posted by *mamo on January 9, 2006 8:36 AM

I can only concur with previous posters, it feels like a painting. Incredible.

Posted by Mats on January 9, 2006 9:44 AM

Visually arresting, Kathleen. Great work on the vignetting, colors, and capturing that reflection!

Posted by Kristina on January 9, 2006 9:47 AM

You not only create wonderful imagery, but memorable imagery as well!
This is simply great!!

Posted by Michael Brown on January 9, 2006 9:57 AM

Absolutely stunning Kathleen, wonderful work!

Posted by Carlo on January 9, 2006 10:45 AM

This is wonderful--it has an etherial, almost dream-like quality that is very compelling.

Posted by John on January 9, 2006 11:54 AM

love this shot! great reflection and colors

Posted by de on January 9, 2006 12:26 PM


Posted by siddhartha on January 9, 2006 1:02 PM

A paean to both childhood and nature.

Masterful, as ever.

Posted by Grosse Pointer on January 9, 2006 1:56 PM

Just stunning. The lighting is wonderful.

Posted by Otto K on January 9, 2006 2:55 PM

That little fella sure gets around!

Posted by Crash on January 9, 2006 3:02 PM

Superb reflection and dynamic attitude of the child.

Posted by still on January 9, 2006 3:56 PM

I cannot recall a photograph of that lad sitting still...I'd kill for half that energy. Striking as ever, Kathleen.

Posted by John on January 9, 2006 4:55 PM

Absolutely stunning!!!

Posted by Tony on January 9, 2006 5:14 PM

Beautiful, Kathleen. Everything here is just perfect.

Posted by mjulius on January 9, 2006 7:11 PM

What a great subject. I love the light in this, and the depth. Beautiful.

Posted by Jennifer on January 9, 2006 9:49 PM

Love this atmospheric shot... the silhouette of your little boy is really adorable.

Posted by PlasticTV on January 10, 2006 12:18 AM

Nice shot! Great composition and processing!

Posted by Ash on January 10, 2006 5:05 AM

A truly magical moment, brillant timing. All the elements of this photo work so well together to create a great atmosphere...

Posted by Stephen on January 10, 2006 7:57 AM

Very very nice. Perfect catch of the atmosphere.

Posted by KPK on January 10, 2006 8:41 AM

One word - fantastic!

Posted by Nikolai on January 10, 2006 9:13 AM

That's it, I give up. Any one want to buy my camera?

Posted by miles on January 10, 2006 10:10 AM

terrific shot!
kind of 'modern' Cartier-Breson..

Posted by NoWords on January 10, 2006 10:26 AM

Could this be my favourite photo of all time? Quite possibly. *sigh* It's perfect. I will have to buy it as soon as I have the funds. Do you offer any smaller sizes?

Posted by Tanja on January 10, 2006 1:46 PM

Might I also ask what ISO you were set to and what lens use? (One must learn from a master)

Posted by Tanja on January 10, 2006 1:48 PM

I love this image again. Your son has mirrored the exact same movement of the previous. He is like your carry around mannequin. Ever useful. As per usual it's your use/interpretation of light that makes this one...

I have a couple of questions, I hope you'll answer. When you displayed your work in the gallery, did you develop some images that looked fine on screen but due to post-processing (or whatever) looked a little lack lustre once on paper? I only ask because I have been asked to display in a local gallery and upon developing some of my images (that looked fine) they seem a little stilted. My images seem fine on my web pages, on screen and in photoshop so I am wondering how to combat this. I swear my computer screen is fine. Or, is this just a learning curve that you went through? Sorry to rant but I need to be able to relaibly print images in future, photoshop adjustments are enough to worry about without developing problems too.


Posted by tobias on January 10, 2006 5:54 PM

Great shot, nice composition and subject matter and that tonal range just keeps on going, very nice.

Posted by Jeremy on January 10, 2006 10:47 PM

Oh... and of course the light is stunning !

Posted by Jeremy on January 10, 2006 10:52 PM

Pure brilliance, Kathleen. Everything about this is stunning.

Posted by Alec Long on January 10, 2006 11:12 PM

This is fantastic. I like the slight desaturation and the vignetting. Nicely shot and nicely processed. Love it.

Posted by Darren C. on January 11, 2006 4:20 PM

Again, one of your best! Happy New Year!

Posted by David on January 11, 2006 5:52 PM

this is simply wonderful.. top quality work.. tells a great story and evokes my childhood feelings.. great work!! ;p

Posted by jxiong on January 12, 2006 7:08 AM

i would like to see your response to tobias' question. i have had the same problem..

Posted by blu on January 12, 2006 12:42 PM

truly stunning shot. very well done!

Posted by pei on January 13, 2006 1:40 AM

Tanja: Shot with the Canon 5D, 17-40mm f/4L wide angle lens set at 17mm, 1/800s at f/18, ISO 500. I only shoot in RAW format.

Tobias and Blu: I don't have an easy answer for you there. It took me many months of trial and error to get my prints looking the way I wanted them to look. I'm lucky to have a friend, Nate Zander, who has an excellent eye, understands the relationships between the screen and the printer, and has access to the Epson 7600, which does a fine job of printing my images. (I printed on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art paper, by the way, which is gorgeous.)

We worked together for many weeks getting my prints done, looking at proofs and making adjustments, etc.

My recommendation - if you don't have a good friend like Nate :) - is to take a class on printing digital images. It's tricky to get what you're looking at on-screen to translate onto paper. And the more you know, the less you're going to spend on mistakes! Trust me, it adds up...

I'm sure there are many, many on-line tutorials and plenty of excellent books at this point. Let me know if you need help finding something.

Posted by Kathleen on January 13, 2006 10:40 AM

I know this is an afternoon shot but it makes me think of what the beginning of the day would look like if, instead of a gradual lightening, it just exploded into being. Beautiful and stylish.

Posted by Andy on January 16, 2006 10:00 AM

stunning and graceful

Posted by Tristan on January 16, 2006 1:57 PM

I think this may be the best work I've seen you do. This is just amazing. Love it love it love it.

Posted by John on January 16, 2006 4:19 PM

Guess little boys AND photographers like mud puddles. Good combination.

Posted by david Tinnon on January 16, 2006 4:54 PM

Wow, great impact. I do like your post processing! Do you talk about it greater depth anywhere?

Posted by Lee on January 18, 2006 4:55 AM

wonderful, this looks like a dream.

Posted by pierre on January 19, 2006 5:33 AM

Can you send me a quote on a smaller print of this image? ;)

Posted by Tanja on January 23, 2006 1:20 PM

amazing shot!

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