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Spread Happiness

If an idea for a pic stays on my mind for more than a week I usually make it happen. This image is created from 2 main images then 2 distant balloons added. My first task was to get Kara (daughter) to agree to the shoot so I went with the sure thing, money. On a great sky day I drove around chasing clouds while searching for a white fence and a clean background. I ended up in a town called Mt. Airy and I was thrilled when the breeze brought the perfect puffy clouds into the scene. I shot the scene and created an HDR image in Photomatix. I hurried to the party store and ordered balloons for a 3pm pick up and got Kara all ready for the shoot. I flipped our picnic table on edge and I had Kara do a balancing act across while holding the balloons. It was easy to add Kara to the scene, after all she was walking on a 2″ wide beam. Stay tuned, another pic to follow.

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  • John Barclay - July 25, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Just curious… why did you need to do and HDR on this scene?

    Now with regard to the image…. UMMM… KILLER!! Love, love, love it!

    Hi John, actually I could have gotten by with a single image, I went with the HDR/Tonemapping for the detail enhancements. FerrellReplyCancel

  • Nadia McIlhany - July 25, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    So you had to pay her, eh? Don’t tell my son. He currently poses for free.

    My kids got tired real fast of having a camera pointed at them. They would see me coming and say “I don’t want my picture taken.” Offer a little cash and you wouldn’t believe how fast they pop out of that couch. FerrellReplyCancel

  • JRP - July 25, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    I love your creations! This is simply wonderful. What an imagination you have!
    This came out beautiful!
    Thank you Jen so much. The creative process is an elusive one but I feel we all create from building blocks of those that went before us. Though some like to think they do, we can never create in a vacum FerrellReplyCancel

  • Dan Dorland - July 26, 2009 - 1:32 am

    Simple elegance is the way I describe this. I could totally see this on an a birthday card!ReplyCancel

  • brian - July 26, 2009 - 4:14 am

    Why HDR? Because you can, saw this pic and it immediately caught my eye. hopefully some company will buy the rights to it and add it to an ad campaign!ReplyCancel

  • MEM - July 26, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Love this, Ferrell! Balance is what we’ve been talking a lot about these days at the Retreat I’m attending this weekend. And the sky, clouds, and balloons, daughter….beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Tommy - July 27, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Fantastic Ferrell…..thanks for the info on how you set it up… always, very creative from the beginning.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - August 4, 2011 - 1:16 am

    Wow, wonderful picture. Really makes you think the world is full of fun and happiness. If only that was reality…gorgeous daughter of course.ReplyCancel

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