SusiLawson
SusiLawson

Hope!



We all take so much for granted and there are so many children on this planet who do not even have clean drinking water. But I pray that there is hope and relie...
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We all take so much for granted and there are so many children on this planet who do not even have clean drinking water. But I pray that there is hope and relief coming soon...
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World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 20 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
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78 Comments | Report
pinaki
 
pinaki May 10, 2013
An excellent shot.Voted for this one.If you have time,you may like to visit my gallery.You may also like to vote for my photo 'A floral couple' in Two of a kind photo contest.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson May 12, 2013
Thank you
kathyschiltz
 
kathyschiltz May 11, 2013
Wonderful! So true!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson May 12, 2013
Thank you Kathy!
Monty
 
Monty May 15, 2013
Nicely done.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson May 19, 2013
Thank you!
anirbanbiswas
 
anirbanbiswas May 22, 2013
great work
SusiLawson
SusiLawson May 25, 2013
Thank you
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger July 09, 2013
Fantastic image - added it to may FAVs.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson August 16, 2013
Thank you !
Jonocon
 
Jonocon July 22, 2013
Nice edit
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock August 16, 2013
Love this.....his little expression is precious.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson August 16, 2013
Thank you !
LizHadfield
 
LizHadfield August 19, 2013
A beautiful picture ....
SusiLawson
SusiLawson August 27, 2013
Thank you Liz
anub
 
anub September 10, 2013
beautiful shot. excellent description. voted
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 10, 2013
Thank you so much Anub!
tissa7
 
tissa7 September 17, 2013
beautiful!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 17, 2013
Thanks Tissa!
SherranAndersen PRO
 
SherranAndersen September 17, 2013
Congrats.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 17, 2013
Thank you Sherran!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ September 18, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Rain Contest.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you ART
GeraldineLefoe
 
GeraldineLefoe September 18, 2013
Beautiful image, congratulations on your finalist
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
lisagallant
 
lisagallant September 19, 2013
Great shot.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you !
Lionel
 
Lionel September 25, 2013
Fantastic image,congratulations
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you Trevor
mountainman70 PRO+
 
mountainman70 September 25, 2013
congratulations on the win for this superb composition - well done
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you ,
JKEO1952
 
JKEO1952 September 25, 2013
Can you please describe how you got this effect. Love the rain drops.
Ushine
 
Ushine September 25, 2013
Amazing!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
AndreaE
 
AndreaE September 25, 2013
this is beautiful. Congrats on your win!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
Grevandi
 
Grevandi September 25, 2013
great shot... congrats..
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS September 25, 2013
gorgeous, congrats on your win
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset September 25, 2013
Beautifully captured emotions of well being. Bravo! Very artistic ( :
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you very much
RanSen
 
RanSen September 25, 2013
Congrats
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
brodia65
 
brodia65 September 25, 2013
Congrats! Awesome photo
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you !
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta September 25, 2013
Another superb creative image from you. Congratulations on being the Winner.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you Alan !
debrarote PRO+
 
debrarote September 25, 2013
GREAT SHOT
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thanks !
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac September 25, 2013
Superb...Congratulations on your win!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 September 25, 2013
Very nice. Congrats!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thanks !
SherranAndersen PRO
 
SherranAndersen September 25, 2013
Congrats.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
rahunish
 
rahunish September 25, 2013
great shot
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you
SusiLawson
 
SusiLawson September 25, 2013
Thank you to the judges who found this worthy of grand prize, I am truly honored ! Thank you again !
ArtQ
 
ArtQ September 26, 2013
Congrats!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thank you
Ising4Him
 
Ising4Him September 26, 2013
Congratulations --- Precious! And you are right; our children have so much when others have so little or nothing. "Time is drawing nigh...." Your shot captures the innocence that our children have the privilege of, but so many others have never been able to enjoy. God bless you.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you for that thoughtful comment
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit September 26, 2013
Congratulations on your win ... well done ... well deserved!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
rcdorrius
 
rcdorrius September 26, 2013
Congrats Susi :)
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thank you
Batesrc2 PRO+
 
Batesrc2 September 26, 2013
Great shot. I love it.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thank you Bates
sskyrm Premium
 
sskyrm September 26, 2013
Congratulations! Lovely shot!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thank you
tlotter
 
tlotter September 26, 2013
Congratulations
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thank you
KlaraKasprzyk
 
KlaraKasprzyk September 26, 2013
nice job, looks like one photo.
congrats!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
? Thanks !
ingridapril
 
ingridapril September 26, 2013
congrats!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
Jewel
 
Jewel September 26, 2013
Beautiful photo! Congratulatons on you win!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
debbiecram
 
debbiecram September 26, 2013
Magical photo congrats!!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
cilla8 PRO
 
cilla8 September 26, 2013
Congrats well deserve win!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
pau1ine PRO
 
pau1ine September 26, 2013
Perfect
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thanks !
gyps76
 
gyps76 September 26, 2013
LOVE!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thanks
iceman2
 
iceman2 September 26, 2013
Beautiful.Congrats!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
thomasborn
 
thomasborn September 26, 2013
very cool!! Congrats:)
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
gabriellebalon
 
gabriellebalon September 26, 2013
Really beautiful!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
sasi_cyborg
 
sasi_cyborg September 27, 2013
cool capture and the boys expression is beautiful
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you !
amritanshu
 
amritanshu September 27, 2013
Kept looking at the face of the boy reflecting the feeling of sheer joy and salvation. Great shot, great idea. Job well done and well deserved win. Congrattz.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you very much !!
wagiastutik
 
wagiastutik September 27, 2013
so awesome.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock September 27, 2013
I picked this one from the finalists shown. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Awe! Thank you Barbara!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates September 27, 2013
Awesome shot! Congrats!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thanks !!
Jo-AnnGallagher PRO+
 
Jo-AnnGallagher September 27, 2013
Congrats on such a beautiful capture.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions September 27, 2013
congrats
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thanks
waynepollinger
 
waynepollinger September 27, 2013
This is fine art. Simple, moving and exquisite. Congratulations.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you so much !
melkav PRO+
 
melkav September 27, 2013
Love this! Congratulations on winning the rain photo contest!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 27, 2013
Thank you ,
GLT-Photo-Designs
 
GLT-Photo-Designs September 27, 2013
Lovely, Congratulations!!!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson September 28, 2013
Thanks
vadja PRO+
 
vadja September 29, 2013
Great pic. Congrats .
mbyala
 
mbyala September 29, 2013
Wow! Really a superb click.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson December 14, 2013
Thank you !
nostwo PRO+
 
nostwo September 29, 2013
I love this
SusiLawson
SusiLawson December 14, 2013
Thanks
lulu2
 
lulu2 September 29, 2013
Congratulations Fantastic shot
SusiLawson
SusiLawson December 14, 2013
Thank you
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 September 30, 2013
Congrats !
Ceylon73
 
Ceylon73 September 30, 2013
Amazing .. Congrats on your win .. definitely one of my favourites ..
SusiLawson
SusiLawson December 14, 2013
Awe ! Thanks !
SuperT22
 
SuperT22 September 30, 2013
congrats
isvivek
 
isvivek September 30, 2013
Excellent Capture of the boy's Joy & feel !! Simply superb !!!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
guptanikesh
 
guptanikesh October 01, 2013
Congratulations ..Awesome
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
bagusmecetag
 
bagusmecetag October 01, 2013
Fantastic..!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
bcawood
 
bcawood October 01, 2013
Superb work, congratulations:)
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
JoaoFreire
 
JoaoFreire October 02, 2013
Great photo Susi. Best regards
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
GregSellPhotography PRO+
 
GregSellPhotography October 03, 2013
There are some pics that are truly amazing but this one goes beyond amazing. One of my favs... truly.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you so much PixelTrek!
denbotephoto
 
denbotephoto October 04, 2013
Very nice composite work. All of the elements are perfect and well-put.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
Bl0ndFox
 
Bl0ndFox October 08, 2013
Excellent shot.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thanks !
edvarela
 
edvarela October 10, 2013
excellent job
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
tarasjobse
 
tarasjobse October 18, 2013
amazing
SusiLawson
SusiLawson October 21, 2013
Thank you!
DanK Premium
 
DanK February 28, 2014
Unreal emotion. Love it!
SusiLawson
SusiLawson March 01, 2014
Thank you Daniel !
barbhoward
 
barbhoward November 19, 2014
oh I love this! It stopped me in my tracks. Very moving image.
SusiLawson
SusiLawson December 28, 2014
Thank you Barb!
melissafarelli PRO
 
melissafarelli November 29, 2016
skillfully edited. :)
SusiLawson
SusiLawson November 29, 2016
Thank you !

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Behind The Lens

Location
I actually took this image in the driveway of my house!
Time
It was almost dark and a hot summer day
Lighting
I used natural light on this one. The sun was setting and it caused a beautiful directional lighting across his face and so I did not want to flatten that with a flash or ruin the mood with getting rid of the shadows which are so important here.
Equipment
I used a canon MklV with a canon 135 f/2 ( If I recall correctly as I now shoot all Sony gear )
Inspiration
I heard the neighbor children playing in my yard, as they often do and love to catch candid shots of them. I saw little Christopher sitting in the driveway throwing gravel up in the air and listening to the sound of it falling around him. I loved the look on his face , as though he was in such bliss !
Editing
Yes ! Although it was getting dark and starting to rain , it was not quite dark enough to set the correct mood, and of course gravel does not depict a feeling of relief that his expression suggest! I darkened the background using the burn tool and some painting . I then added rain by using a 'rain' brush and changed from color to much less saturation by sliding the saturation tool.
In my camera bag
I currently use the Sony A7Rll and my fav lens is the sony 55 f/1.8 which is always on my camera. I use the rotolight Neo , and a flash depending on lighting and subject matter.
Feedback
If you love candid shots of children, just sit outside while your children are playing and capture them naturally. Do not ask them to pose or interrupt their play as this makes the shot look 'staged'. Of course if you are photographing neighbor children, be sure and get the mothers written permission and a release to use the images as you please . I have been photographing my neighbors children for 14 years and even won a trip to Rome in 2007 with a picture I took of this little boys older sister , Cassa Marie. (If you know my work, you will know who Cassa is , I have taken hundreds of images of her !)

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