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I would be grateful for any advice on this image - this was a spur of the moment shot, I was busy taking a landscape pic and turned round to see my little god daughter sitting on this bench with the dark wood behind her - thought it would make a great pic.
In my speed to capture her before she moved on I didn't get quite the right settings on the camera so ended up with the look I wanted but far too much noise. I have removed some of the noise but have I now made it too soft looking - not sure about colouring also.
Thank you for any help offered.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 - 70mm
Recording media:Raw ISO 200
Title:Advice please!
Username:katieb katieb
Uploaded:1 Aug 2005 - 9:24 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
1 Aug 2005 - 9:31 AM

this is a very beautiful portrait, gorgeous smile and pose but i think it might be even nicer without the foot of the bench on the left

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phowtow
phowtow  946 forum posts
1 Aug 2005 - 9:35 AM

I agree, a marginally smaller crop would excentuate the girls face, apart from that its a great grab shot.

the colouring is a great bonus here, not the usual punch and gareishness that some films can produce, the colour is subtle and friendly.

great portrait.

chris

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sze4j
sze4j  1056 forum posts Singapore
1 Aug 2005 - 9:41 AM

i also think that it is a very natural portrait and i like the subtle colors here...it works for me! Smile

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nolongeramember

absolutely outstanding... superb angelic Smile...)))

nikki

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ginz04
ginz04  10276 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2005 - 9:47 AM

i think this is a nice shot but i agree it is a bit soft looking and i also think a much tighter crop would add impact - crop of from the overhang of her skirt and come down from the top to just above her head this for me would make a better pic she would look like she is sitting on a wooden step at the moment it looks a little odd. regards ian

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helendixon
helendixon  1030 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 - 9:58 AM

It's a nice grab shot, very natural. Slightly soft and a couple of distractions...see mod, I think it works as it's less cluttered. Anyway see what you think.

Helen.

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katieb
katieb e2 Member 9255 forum postskatieb vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2005 - 9:58 AM

Gosh Thank you everyone - croping the picture is definitely a must, it's funny I liked the wooden leg and her dress hanging down but now I have seen and played with various cropped versions I've changed my mind. Thank you Helen and Ian for your versions.
Katie

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alexya85  9
1 Aug 2005 - 10:06 AM

You dont need any advise here. Brilliant shot. OK maybe some crop from top, its 2 dark and 2 much

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geoffash26
geoffash26  102506 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 - 10:31 AM

I'm no good at portraits yet so can't offer much
I think a slightly tighter crop would work better as has been said
Overall I think its a cracker
Geoff

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rletham
rletham  10890 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 - 1:07 PM

Uploaded a couple of mods.

Rab

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owp  9168 forum posts
1 Aug 2005 - 2:06 PM

. . . ccracking shot . . like the @digipal mod & @rletham simple version . . . I think the background could blur right out and is of little / no significance? . . . .the subject looks spot on and very natural . . . . well taken [even as a grab shot!] . . . .

Mike.W

No tech advise and certainly no mods from Dorset! . . .

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katieb
katieb e2 Member 9255 forum postskatieb vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2005 - 2:19 PM

Thank you again for all the suggestions esp the mods they have been a great help and have certainly improved the image.
Katie

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2005 - 6:18 PM

She is a lovely girl, I did a mod and wrote down what I did, don't know if it helps our not, used to working on birds. Smile Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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katieb
katieb e2 Member 9255 forum postskatieb vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2005 - 10:57 PM

Greg - thank you thats brilliant!
I can now put all suggestions together and produce a pic for her mummy - Thank you all!
Katie

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sandyb
sandyb  934 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 - 11:34 PM

well done katie I really them all.thats were e2 can help. sandyb

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nigelsharman
2 Aug 2005 - 12:41 AM

To be honest I think this is a delightfully natural portrait, technically I would either crop to the bottom of the bench as Helen has, or clone out the dress that hangs below.

Nigel.

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katieb
katieb e2 Member 9255 forum postskatieb vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 9:45 AM

Thank you Nigel and Sandy.
Katie

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xinia
xinia  954 forum posts
5 Aug 2005 - 6:08 AM

absolutely charming picture and very well composed though I do agree that some of the top could be cropped - excellent!

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