Portrait of a young friend

This summer, while Squiddy and her family were with us up at the lake in Minnesota, some good friends of theirs came to visit for a few days. Their daughter Sassa is very close to the same age as The Elf and the two had a grand time playing with each other. I love photographing family and friends, and this is one that I made of her while The Elf had her momentary serious attention.

Sassa 527I processed the image with Nik software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 program, starting with the Antique Plate 2 preset, then slightly lightened her amazingly intense, deep-blue eyes.

I’d also like to include a nod here to my photo-friend Adrian, who has posted several lovely portraits of some of the young folks in his family and circle of friends; here is a link to his most recent one.

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16 Responses to Portrait of a young friend

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful study, Gary, just wonderful. And certainly best in mono. And thank you very much for the plug! Adrian

  3. Winnie says:

    Such incredible beauty in the face of a child! I often look at my granddaughters and wish I could freeze the moment. Wish you or Adrian were around to capture my girls…

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s really not all that hard, just a matter of having a camera handy when they’re in serious play. It does help, however, to use either a moderate (100-200mm) telephoto lens, if you have a camera on which you can change lenses, or if not, then the higher end of your camera’s zoom range. Just be ready, push up the sensitivity to ISO 400 or so, and make lots of photos–you can always delete most of them and not waste any film at all!

  4. Beautiful shot Gary – you’ve caught a great expression :) When I first saw it the reader I did think that you and Adrian were in tandem again!

    • krikitarts says:

      I find that Adrian and I are often in tandem, in one way or another, and I have hopes of crossing paths with him one of these years. Who knows what photographic adventures might emerge from the melding of minds, methods, moods–and madness?

  5. Vicki says:

    Beautiful image, Gary.
    I like the processing you’ve given to it also – very dreamy and soft.

  6. That is a nice portrait.

  7. Truels says:

    Very fine portrait!

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