Another cute baby Antonio portrait

Here's another portrait of our baby grandson Antonio, smiling last night during a brief portrait session.  Unfortunately living in Florida means that, being so far away from the rest of our family spread across the country, we don't get to see our loved ones very often.  My wife tells me she's been told I need to take more pictures of the newest baby boy in our family and share them.  Hint taken. Cute_Baby_Boy_Portrait_Sitting_On_Grass_Outdoors_In_Tampa_Florida_IMG_20130810_18.jpg

My karate kid

My son Evin competed in his first karate tournament this weekend in North Port, FL. He did much better competing than I did shooting!  He earned two third-place medals, and I walked away a little frustrated at the poorly lit gym and tough angles.  But overall, it was a great day because he had fun!  I'm very proud of him! There were a lot of challenges shooting that day.  The backgrounds were cluttered, and it was difficult getting fast shutter speeds under the lighting conditions.

But here's one that I like.  This is Evin doing a roundhouse kick during kumite fighting!

Evin also performed his kata in front of the judges.  That's his teacher, Sensei Lugo, watching closely in the background.

My favorite pictures are usually candid shots.  This day was no different.

Here's a shot of Evin and my wife Monique:

To the victor go the spoils!  Delicious hot dogs! Evin enjoyed his favorite meal right after the tournament ended.  This is one of my favorite pictures of the day!

Boyhood playfulness

This is my first real attempt at portrait retouching. I grabbed this quick candid shot of my son Evin while we were at a park the other day. I really liked the playful look on his face but not the harsh shadows from the bright sun. The white balance was off as well. So I decided to see if some retouching would help the shot stand out.  Please let me know... How did I do? First, here's the finished result:

And here's the original: