A Portrait A Week – July 22nd Edition

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013


1. Our Oldest


2. Our Youngest



3. Our Girls.
Photo credit our Anna Maria



4. Overlooking the River at the end of our town’s main street.
Photo credit our Anna Maria
Not a portrait but I couldn’t resist sharing.

Trying to join in with Che and Fidel for months but each week I have ‘missing children’.  Decided to take the plunge and share at least a few children each week, hoping to be more conscious of capturing each child.

Photography Question: How can I blur/eliminate the ‘unsightlies’ from photo backgrounds?

Linking up with Jennifer‘s challenge this week as well as Jodi

6 thoughts on “A Portrait A Week – July 22nd Edition

  • July 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Lovely pics of your children. (Don't blur the bikes. It's effective!)

  • July 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi Erin,

    From an artist's perspective, I would probably crop a lot when this happens – eg. crop off legs or background to accentuate the contrast of the face or to centre the point of focus or to balance focused and blurred parts of the composition.

    Using a low F-stop, pre-checking the background and getting in really close are some tips I'm learning. Also, increasing the contrast can lift the subject from the background.

    Your children look beautiful!

    God bless:-)

  • July 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Aw thank you:)

    Will have to look into F stops.

  • August 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Erin the lower the F-stop the more blur in the background.

    Here is a fantastic tutorial on the blur effect. Actually I really enjoy all their tutorials.

    Controlling Portrait Backgrounds: How to use depth of field


  • September 20, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Thank you for that, so much to learn!


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