Project 52 – Week 29 – Smiles



My 13 year old son Jack has got to that fascinating yet frustrating age where he has to do everything his own way before accepting that an adult suggestion might actually be right.  This particular incident made us all smile and captures a great memory too.  Picture a beach covered in rocks and pebbles, pretty steep, uneven and challenging to walk on.  Would it not be the wisest choice to put sweatpants on sitting down rather than standing up?  I did express that to Jack before he attempted to change, but of course he was vocally positive that he wouldn’t have any problems at all.  To be honest it was actually quite satisfying when he immediately over balanced, and you can see from his smile that he knew he’d been busted!

Taken with my Canon DSLR, paired with my 50mm 1.4 lens, the settings for this image were ISO 100, f/2.0, and shutter speed 1/60.  Post processing in Lightroom 4, I increased the contrast, clarity, and blacks in the photograph.  A simple edit for a simply fun picture.



This photo was inspired by a Project Life 365 prompt of ‘funny’, but I thought it worked perfectly for ‘smiles’ too. 🙂  We had so much fun with this outing.  It was late, just before closing time of Barnes and Noble, and I think we were all a bit giddy from a long exhausting day.  My husband roamed the store, while the kids and I found the biggest joke book that we could.  Then the fun began.  Some of the jokes were so silly that one could not help but laugh.  And between me laying on the floor of the bookstore and the kid’s antics, we ended up with some onlookers who just added to the fun. This was actually the first shot I took, but we also ended up wth a ton of outtakes that I don’t think I will be able to part with.

I shot this photo with my iphone 4 in artificial light.  I cropped,sharpened and did some select focusing in snapseed.  I then converted to black and white and played with the contrast and brightness in the Afterglow app.

“A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever”~George Tice

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