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Jump!

29/08/2013

A very lazy sort of Sunday had given way to a late Sunday lunch and therefore a late Sunday tea, so we were still out in the garden as the sun started to drift down.  Elma and I were lying in a big nest of quilts, surrounded by stuffies and her stacking cups, while H and Kitty performed the disappearing handkerchief trick, the latter’s version of which is to hurriedly stuff the hankie up her t-shirt and shout “It’s gone!” with a mixture of awe and steely determination.  If she could make it vanish by willpower alone it wouldn’t be seen this side of Christmas.

H went in to put the oven on for supper and reset a few tricks and Kitty, who’d been pottering around in her princess froofy twirly party skirt and Hello Kitty wellies for most of the day, thanks to a little over indulgence in the matter of the telly and Sofia the First, hopped up onto her trampoline.

And I grabbed the camera, rolled over, and pressed the shutter.

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Kitty and the trampoline

If there’s one perk about the nights starting to draw in, and the annual farewell to long late summer’s evenings, it’s that the gorgeous light that comes just before dusk, also now comes just before small girl bedtime.  It makes it very easy to take photos that don’t need anything more than a little cropping, and that’s all these have.

I freely admit that I use Lightroom to tweak most of my photos.  They aren’t massive adjustments; I’m not adding things that aren’t there, and while I’ve been known to turn random strangers in the background into trees, I’m not into giving myself a face lift.  It’s mostly a question of fine tuning the exposure or the colour, or a little bit of sharpening, to bring the image on the screen as close as possible to the memory in my head.

But when every once in a while a picture pops up in the import box that I know I don’t need to touch, it feels so great to be as clever as my camera – for once.  Although I suspect it’s more a matter of luck.  Luck that the settings I’d left it on were suited to the evening sunlight, luck that the trampoline was positioned just to one side of the light so that she has a lovely halo around her without loosing her smiles into shadows, and more than anything, luck that she stayed bouncing long enough for me to take a photo.

She is so utterly absorbed in her bouncing, and so happy with it, I think they may be some of my favourite Kitty pictures of late, and they’re definitely going in the “print me” folder.

 

 

 

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  • Katie 29/08/2013 at 12:25 pm

    Great pictures – what a brilliant skirt!

    I love dusk, it’s my favourite time of day, it always seems so calm and serene.

    • Carie 29/08/2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you – it’s her favourite skirt at the moment – and surprisingly difficult to squish into a shopping trolley beside her sister

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 29/08/2013 at 9:47 pm

    These are gorgeous, and she does look lovely jumping in her little princess skirt! x

    • Carie 29/08/2013 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂 you just can’t beat a good froufrou skirt – I wish they made them in my size just for the twirling factor!

  • Mandycharlie 29/08/2013 at 11:47 pm

    I’m glad the trampoline has stood the test of time. Could you email kitty’s measurements, shoulder to knee. I think she may have grown just a little!

  • Mandycharlie 29/08/2013 at 11:48 pm

    I forgot to say, the photos are magnificent.

    • Carie 30/08/2013 at 12:01 am

      The trampoline is, as always, brilliant, and very much a firm favourite – littlest miss likes to chill out lying on it too! I’ll send madam’s measurements – as a rough guide she’s wearing a size 4 or 5 in commercial clothes at the moment depending on brand and the Oliver + s dress was a T4