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Whilst we were entertaining friends for the afternoon, it began snowing rather heavily. It was the first proper snow storm of the season. My little girl, without thought for the cold or the wet, ran outside into the street in front of our house, and with a joyful expression on her face and began catching snow flakes on her tongue. It is this abandonment of expression and glee that I love about my children. It is the same way that Jesus desires us to approach him, with sheer joy, and without reserve.

Canon EOS—1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
ISO 400

When I shot this, the image came out quite dark as it was getting dark outside. I did shoot others which are brighter but don’t have the detail of the snow as good. The snow in the others is blurred because of longer exposure, and I didn’t want to use a flash because I wanted to keep the natural light. I decide to lift the shadow and raise the exposure a bit using iPhoto and changed it to B&W to highlight the detail of the textures. I am pleased with the result. I hope you like it as well. Please view large.

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful black and white Shawn!!

  • Thank you so much Linda. I love this shot of my little girl. Merry Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image Shawn – instant fav for me!

  • Thank you Simon. That is a lovely compliment. It was a fav for me the moment I took it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 5 years ago

    It is such a great feeling when you have pressed that shutter and just known you have nailed it isnt it!

  • Absolutely! Thank you again.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    Awwwww sheer joy! – Give her a hug from me :-)

  • I certainly will. Thank you so much. She is an absolute joy. This shot just shows her character.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • gobucki
    gobuckiabout 5 years ago

  • Absolutely wonderful feeling. Thank you greatly for the honour. Have a very merry christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudabout 5 years ago

    This is a sweet joyous shot… nothing like the joy of a child’s wonder!

  • Absolutely. This shot encapsulates the joy and wonderment of being a child. Thank you so very much for the lovely compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Clare Forder
    Clare Forderabout 5 years ago

    Love it! Just saw it on fbk too – fab shot!

  • Thank you dearly my friend. I really appreciate the kind words. Alice is such a joy to me. (even if she sometimes has the attitude of a teenager)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 5 years ago

    This was may favourite of the series you uploaded to FB! Glad to see it here! :-)

  • I was wondering which to put up here, but this one really does stand out doesn’t it? Thank you my wonderful friend. I really appreciate it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 5 years ago

    Lovely…Excellent shot in B&W, I love it!

  • Thank you so much Carole. B&W work so well with this shot, i agree.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Yvonne Churchley
    Yvonne Churchleyabout 5 years ago

    Lovely captured moment :)

  • Thank you my friend. I was very pleased that I managed to have my camera with me cause if I had needed to go and get it, the moment would have been gone. Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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