Monday, November 15, 2010

"Sophia's First Smile"

Our daughter's first smile came one evening when mommy kissed her.

Technical details: both shots were taken with on-camera bounce flash using my hand as a flag.  Ambient was underexposed 1 stop, then flash was added (TTL, 0 FEC).  For postprocessing, I created a new canvas and pasted each image as a separate layer.  The top layer was the kiss photo - I just deleted the background.  The second layer was the smile photo.  I first resized the smile photo to make it larger (I didn't want both images to have the same size).  To create a fade effect, I applied a layer mask and used a gradient to fade the image from left to right.  I then lightened the opacity.

Equipment used: Nikon D300 + Sigma 50-150 2.8 + Nikon SB-800.


  1. Congratulations on the new baby! My brother just had a baby named Sofia, too! What a coincidence!

  2. Thanks Ed! Congratulations to you and your bro's family! That's a funny coincidence :)

    Best regards,


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