I took this photo at Mercer Botanical Gardens, not long ago. My friend and I wanted to take our kids somewhere different, so we decided that Mercer would be a nice change. Neither of us had been there in a while, so I was surprised to see how much had changed.
My son is rather shy when it comes to other children his age, and it takes him a while to warm up, even to his friends. We were walking up some stairs, and the little girl needed to hold her mommy’s hand for stability. We were looking at the different plants in the gardens, when we approached the second set of stairs to go down to ground level. My son offered his hand to his friend, and this was the split- second photo I took of the children holding hands.
Of course the settings on the camera were not where they were supposed to be, and the background was completely blown out, also there was only partial mottled shade, light shining through the trees, for lighting. Not Good. I couldn’t miss this opportunity for this picture, so I took a few before the moment was gone. Even knowing that the settings were wrong and the photo was going to be too bright, I thought I might be able to save at least one image, since I didn’t have time to mess with the camera.
In photoshop, I converted it to black and white, and exaggerated the details a bit. Then I softened the entire photo to give it a demure painted look. It’s definitely not the best photo I have ever taken, but I was at least able to salvage a somewhat other unusable image. With that said, the photo still has a fairly high sentimental value to me, which is why I have posted it here on my blog.
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