The first two are straight off the camera, except for watermarks. I attempted to use ACR tonight and it reminded me a lot of Lightroom. I think it’s a great tool for simple post processing, although I feel like I have less control than with Photoshop. It’s probably more of a perception issue since I feel more comfortable with PS.
I do like the recovery slider, since it’s more straightforward than attempting to recover the highlights in PS. The only thing I don’t like is that when I save the photo from ACR it seems to make my photos cooler. I think this is a color profile issue as it seems to set my profile to Adobe RGB when I save, rather than using sRGB. I’ll have to figure out how to correct that problem.
They love to fling the sand around and I just love how these photos turned out. The first one my camera focused on the sand particles and which blurred the kids…I think it's a pretty cool effect. Adding texture without any editing! (You can tell I don’t hold my camera straight.)
Cooper was fascinated with the sand flowing between his fingers. I wish I had been sitting further back from him so I hadn’t chopped his head, and I probably could have used a higher f/stop so that when I focused on his hands, his face remained in focus as well. I still love his expression though.