Santa Claus in the Tropics

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© Winston Baltasar
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UploadedDecember 26, 2008
TakenDecember 25, 2008
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 40D
Exposure1/125 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
ISO400
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Normally, I wouldn't post a traditional family portrait but then again, this isn't exactly traditional with Kris Kringle having fun in warm weather.

There are four generations here of siblings, cousins, parents, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other permutations.

26 responses

  • Bonnie Doyle

    Bonnie Doyle   gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    nice happy group, good job

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman   gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    I love to look at these kind of shots; moments in time -- excellent group photo.

  • Winston Baltasar

    Winston Baltasar said (26 Dec 2008):

    Thanks, Bonnie and Jan. I must admit, the lighting here (all natural or au naturelle, if your wish) was quite difficult. It kept changing as the clouds would cover the sun.
    I made sure though that the white haired matriarch would be well lit, as well as Santa's little elves. Santa's face, however, would remain dark as he's been spending too much time in the sun.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    ok, Winston, great family portrait. you made me feel homesick. I recognized Baby Billie, but who are you here, you can't be the white haired matriach. I would think you will have a timer and you are the white shirted guy. I'm just guessing. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon sa buong pamilya!

  • Winston Baltasar

    Winston Baltasar said (26 Dec 2008):

    Nice try, Lita, but I'm much slimmer than that. Maligayang Pasko din sa inyo!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    Terrific shot! You did a great job with the lighting.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    ok, you're not the white shirted mama. You can't be the "short haired" guy at the back because that would be to far to run if you have a timer, If both are not you, you must be a good guy who sacrificed not to be in the photo, hehehe. BTW, I went and look at your site, can't see the link

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    Great shot Winston. A nice extended family. My vote

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    Oh, I love this....wonderful, wonderful....

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (27 Dec 2008):

    Great capture!!!

  • Justin C

    Justin C gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    Wonderful family portrait!

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    What I like about this photo is the amount of personality you managed to pull out of each individual. Everyone is having so much fun. It's a warm family portrait. Great work. My vote

  • Winston Baltasar

    Winston Baltasar said (28 Dec 2008):

    Ok, let me give some tips and tricks. Lita, the "short haired" guy in the back is me. There is enough time on the timer to run to the back and grab the wifey. I would rather have used a camera trigger but fortunately the light blinking on the camera focuses everyone's attention.
    The trick is to keep a steady, humorous banter so that everyone keeps smiling. The difficulty is in timing a joke's punch line so that it coincides with the timer taking the photo so that there people react just at the right moment. That's why the unusual expression on my face. I just delivered the punch line. hehe.
    Thanks everyone for the comments, especially Kiwi ana from down under who was very perceptive.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (29 Dec 2008):

    a great capture!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    Thanks, Winston for the tip. I knew you can deliver the punch line and I found your webpage so I think my guess is right and with your confirmation. You are a cool guy, Sir Winston. keep it up!.

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2008):

    Really great capture to be treasured!!! Lovely family.....

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Very good family portrait where all eyes open and no faces are hidden, which sometimes happens in taking group pictures. You captured good expressions on everyone.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    This is wonderful! To capture that many happy faces in a crowd so large is no small miracle. This is a real day brightener.

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (20 Jan 2009):

    love it..

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    Wonderful photo, love the boy with the green hat, is he an elf???

  • LAM KHIN THET

    LAM KHIN THET said (9 Feb 2009):

    Fantastic shot

  • Jill Pendley

    Jill Pendley gave props (27 Feb 2009):

    Love it...a fun family portrait.

  • Holly Walker

    Holly Walker gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    Aaw! Lovely family.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Mar 2009):

    This is precious, it reminds me of our years in Brazil, and we always had a Santa on Christmas Eve and celebrated with friends and family visiting from England or the USA.

  • joe barrett

    joe barrett said (18 Mar 2009):

    wow!this would have to win in family,great capture!

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (23 Mar 2009):

    This is a great family portrait! So many wonderful happy smiling faces isn't an easy task ^-^

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