My mother is a Volunteer Grandma (I think that is what she is called) to these two brothers and she arranged for me to photograph them for our "children at play" club assignment. They are really sweet boys, but boy are they active too! I took my 70 - 20 mm lens for the great backgrounds it captures but quickly realized I would never be able to keep them in the frame even in their good-sized backyard, so ended up using my newer 24 - 70 mm 2.8 lens. I was really disappointed that at the wide aperture I used I still got so much of the background in focus...it is too distracting in most of the shots. I got some nice images of them interacting but nothing really outstanding to submit.
Camera info: Nikon D200, 24 - 70 mm 2.8 lens at f2.8 and 1/400th, ISO 100
Post processing: set white and black points in ACR, softlight layer at 50% opacity, Punch Drunk action by Kubota for more saturated colors but masked off face and skin, Touch of Light action to lighten faces, Curves for more contrast and to darken the background.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
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