Elf with hat at the zoo

One of the joys of being able to spend seven weeks with our daughters and their families—apart from the obvious one of season reversal—is to catch up on how much the Elf has grown since we saw her last summer.  She will have her second birthday in about six weeks, and her development in the past seven months is a wonder to behold.  I love to watch people watching other people and animals, and I made this portrait of her at the Auckland Zoo a few days ago.  I hadn’t converted it into monochrome until a few minutes ago, and I’m so pleased with the result that I’d like to share it with you.  More will follow.

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18 Responses to Elf with hat at the zoo

  1. Vicki says:

    What a great shot, Gary. Definitely worth framing for all the family to enjoy.
    She looks utterly adorable and just soooo cute.
    The angle of the shot, patterns & lines make the image perfect for B & W conversion. Did the colour look as good? Sometimes B & W is much better for portraits (depending on the amount of contrast & ‘greys’ and of course, the light).

    • krikitarts says:

      It does look good in color too, but I passed it by on my first review of the day’s results. Some images lend themselves to side-by-side comparison, but this does not feel like one of those. I greatly prefer the mono version–and am liking it more with each viewing.

  2. Oh Gary, she’s just beautiful and you captured her perfectly!! I can tell you’re a proud grandpa :). Keep ’em coming.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful portrait, Gary – and all the more so, I’m sure, for being presented with the simplicity of mono. In colour, for example, I would imagine that her hat – is it coloured? – would be a significant distraction from her face and expression. Good stuff! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      I was hoping you’d like this one, Adrian–you’ve done such beautiful children’s portraits. Ah, the hat–definitely one of the factors in my opting for mono. The brim is dark blue, as is the background of the crown, and the whimsical fishy thingies are light aqua, medium aqua, and a sort of light olive. While the blues do offset her warm complexion, your suspicion that they would distract from her contemplative expression is quite on the mark.

  4. Winnie says:

    Simply precious! Beautiful image of a beautiful child.

  5. Gde says:

    What a cute little girl. Very beautiful!

  6. zannyro says:

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful child!!! Wonderful, wonderful shot :)

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