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57 Comments |
Alwolfe Platinum
 
Alwolfe October 28, 2017
What a really great photo!
korinna
 
korinna February 03, 2018
Voted
simonparry
 
simonparry March 04, 2018
Really wonderful capture..
cfitts
 
cfitts March 04, 2018
Perfect.
cahit
 
cahit March 04, 2018
cute!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 March 04, 2018
❤!! シ
Flinforth
 
Flinforth March 04, 2018
Really lovely photo!
rodneyaiken PRO+
 
rodneyaiken March 04, 2018
Very Nice. Love the image, Love the blue jeans against the green background and love the way it plays off the water. Great shot.
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana March 05, 2018
Nice work!
petercundill PRO
 
petercundill March 07, 2018
Wow! What a fabulous photo this is, stunningly beautiful it has everything. A winner in my eyes!
Mrjaxx
 
Mrjaxx March 09, 2018
This is a spectacular capture.
Tanda4bama PRO+
 
Tanda4bama March 09, 2018
What an awesome shot.
krysiarokowska
 
krysiarokowska March 14, 2018
fantastic!
darrylynn
 
darrylynn March 14, 2018
Brings back wonderful memories of my childhood. Great photo.
mariaclaramernesruffinelli
 
Congratulation !!!!! Excellent!!!!
robinwolstenholme55
 
robinwolstenholme55 March 15, 2018
Congratulations. Such a gorgeous pic
Cintography
 
Cintography March 16, 2018
Well done!
Johanlon Platinum
 
Johanlon March 16, 2018
A shot that sets the world apart from adult to childhood, I can only dream.
KristinaKalvaityte
 
KristinaKalvaityte March 16, 2018
Adventure! Well done! :)
PinaRojas
 
PinaRojas March 18, 2018
Excellent!!!
ChasingShadows
 
ChasingShadows March 18, 2018
Excellent shot!
JM18Photography PRO+
 
JM18Photography March 19, 2018
Congratulations!
0965_9187
 
0965_9187 April 09, 2018
Good
gbernhard
 
gbernhard April 13, 2018
What a picture to cherish!
caroljones
 
caroljones August 01, 2018
Love this capture. Brings me back to playing in the creeks and streams as a child.. Also reminds me of our great books such as Huck Finn!
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi September 30, 2018
materpiece. lovely composition
price-moore_photography
 
price-moore_photography October 14, 2018
This is so sweet
mcdougale79
 
mcdougale79 December 03, 2018
Omg my eyes!!!! Love love love this!!
americorocha
 
americorocha December 10, 2018
One of the most beautiful photos i have seen. Congratulations
JeanneMcDowell
 
JeanneMcDowell December 10, 2018
So very expressive! Nice!
Motherearth01
 
Motherearth01 December 12, 2018
Super gorgeous photo!
johnbarnes_3189
 
johnbarnes_3189 December 12, 2018
Amazingly great shot! Love it!
Tmhardwick
 
Tmhardwick December 13, 2018
Adorable
gary_richards
 
gary_richards December 16, 2018
great shot
theresafurlong
 
theresafurlong December 20, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
anumohan_ms
 
anumohan_ms December 30, 2018
No words...One of my favorite photos in this app!!
Viktor_Odnovyun PRO+
 
Viktor_Odnovyun January 27, 2019
Great work, Regards, Viktor
ripoff
 
ripoff January 28, 2019
a quintessential Southern image...
ArlenesPlace
 
ArlenesPlace February 01, 2019
Great photo!
margitulstrup PRO
 
margitulstrup February 14, 2019
I'm back in time. This photo telling a beautiful story love it smile
Csawatzky Ultimate
 
Csawatzky February 15, 2019
Beautiful shot
vegaslady94
 
vegaslady94 February 15, 2019
Too cute, great shot
Holy_Amazing
 
Holy_Amazing February 19, 2019
Marvelous shot! Beautiful scenery and I love the story it's telling.
janicejh
 
janicejh March 10, 2019
Masterpiece!
lorijwhitneybrice Platinum
 
lorijwhitneybrice March 18, 2019
This is adorable=)
AmandaBlomPhotography
 
AmandaBlomPhotography May 04, 2019
Awesome!
Jasman2016
 
Jasman2016 May 04, 2019
Great photo
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair May 21, 2019
Amazing capture!
jodiecam PRO
 
jodiecam September 06, 2019
Fabulous capture
Uphollandlatic PRO+
 
Uphollandlatic October 11, 2019
Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn?
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh January 30, 2020
Excellent
kimberlyjmayo
 
kimberlyjmayo February 28, 2020
How on earth you got two little boys to sit on a rock looking positively angelic is beyond me! My photo of my grandson would have been of him splashing me IN the water! LOL
PRECIOUS in every way!
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto November 13, 2020
magnifique
dawnbelusic
 
dawnbelusic January 06, 2021
Love this!
Uplander
 
Uplander January 06, 2021
Outstanding story in this picture
vf4tjhnjkf
 
vf4tjhnjkf December 11, 2021
Cute photo
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller January 17, 2023
amazing photo
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photo at an unnamed location along the Santa Clara River, located in Southern Utah, USA. The spot can be found quite easily by simply hiking along the trail which runs parallel to the river. It's a relatively short hike, somewhere in the range of 15-20 minutes, which I realize is more than what most people are accustomed to when it comes to taking portraits. But then, I've never really been one to do what people are accustomed to doing anyway.

Time

This was taken in the late afternoon in the middle of summer. Since the days are longer, late afternoon light was still roughly around 7:30pm, just about 2 hours before the sun disappeared behind the horizon.

Lighting

I picked that time because the geography of my location was such where the rock canyon walls to the west of the river would block the intense direct light for a considerable amount of time before the natural sunlight actually disappeared completely. That way we were able to enjoy some nice filtered sunny light without all the intensity of the direct sun.

Equipment

I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera body with a Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE lens. Now, those of you who know how Zeiss lenses work will understand that this was an all manual focus setup. No auto focus made things trickier, particularly since I was literally standing in the middle of the river to get the shot. So, I set up on a tripod to stabilize the camera which would allow me to spend more time setting focus and working with the kids on their setup. I used a Manfrotto tripod with the Junior Geared head to compose the shot with a nice straight horizon line.

Inspiration

Honestly, the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I loved reading the book as a kid and I would spend my summer days out adventuring in the forest just like Tom Sawyer did. I love the storybook explanation of children's adventures and this shoot was designed to recreate a little bit of childhood memory mixed with some Tom Sawyer fiction.

Editing

Basically my processing is simply just a glorified set of vignettes mixed with some dodging and burning. Most of the processing for this shot was simply light balancing. Bringing attention to my subjects by darkening the surroundings and brightening up the boys. There was a little bit of color control done, simply to harness some of the raw beauty of the green surroundings. A couple final border vignettes and that's all it took!

In my camera bag

I rock a Canon 5D Mark III the entire time and my lenses vary somewhat. For portrait work I always have the Canon 85mm f/1.2, the Zeiss 135mm f/2, and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. Those three lenses, even though they all have ranges which compare close enough to each other, all serve very specific functions and I usually pick the lens for specific shots, not the other way around. For this shot, I wanted the combo of both the power of an open aperture of f/2 but the compression of the 135mm focal length.

Feedback

Oh man, this is a loaded question. For starters, don't be afraid to use a tripod for portrait work. I know, I know, it seems unintuitive to use a tripod when working with subject matter like children...outside...in the water. But I wanted the tripod partially to allow me to spend more time working on posing and image focus while simultaneously letting me slow the shutter speed down to smooth out that water a bit. Don't be afraid to let the kids be kids. I didn't have a plan for this shot at all. I knew my scenery, I knew my backdrop, and I knew my lighting, but I had no idea what mood those kids would be in. So, using the help of the parents, we set the boys up on that rock and just let them interact with their environment. Moments after getting them in place, an airplane could be heard passing overhead. The boys immediately noticed the sound and I simply asked them if they could actually find the airplane in the sky. Both of them started searching hard, eventually the older one found the airplane and pointed it out to his younger brother. That's when I snapped the shutter. Be patient. Be prepared. Have fun. :)

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