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Hi
As always, I'm looking for critique and modifications to help me improve my photography. I'm also looking for a good title for this image. I entered it at a camera club competition and the judge scored it down because of the title - can anyone come up with anything better, I struggled.

The photograph of this litte boy was taken in a small village in Uganda, all he had on was this huge T-shirt which had obviously been handed down from an adult.

Canon 400D, 55-250mm IS lense, taken at f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 800.

Thank you for looking.

Tracey

Brand:Canon
Lens:55.0-250.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jul 2011 - 8:04 AM
Focal Length:109mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Dad's Old T-Shirt
Username:Tracey_McGovern Tracey_McGovern
Uploaded:2 Mar 2012 - 8:31 PM
Tags:Africa, Boy, Mono, Portrait, Portraits / people, Uganda
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johnriley1uk
johnriley1uk e2 Member 926 forum postsjohnriley1uk vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2012 - 10:24 PM

The eyes are alive, the expression wonderful and the tonal quality just right. I like the way the sleeves have been included, they complete the simple but elegant composition. This is one of your best and it would be difficult to improve without spoiling the genuine feeling it evokes. Smile

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
2 Mar 2012 - 11:04 PM


Quote: The eyes are alive

Yes, the eyes are the first thing that registered with me.

This is a very powerful image Tracey, I just want to pick up that child and give him a hug!

Titles that come to mind are:

The Windows to the Soul
The Eyes of Innocence

Elaine

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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 8:44 AM

Love the picture!! Its really powerful and looks like it should be in national geographic. This really stands out. And if someone has marked it down because of the title i find that absolutely pathetic. Surly you get judge on your photo and not a title!! I would possibly suggest that you could have shot the picture with a lower ISO given that the shutter speed was 1/500 which would have allowed for a better quality picture. Remember that if you want to have noise in the picture you can always add it easily in photoshop afterwords!

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 352 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 2:52 PM

What a lovely, yet moving, portrait. I can't help with the title, mine are rubbish, but I can't see why it should be marked down for it. The only things I could think of by way of potential improvement was to add a touch more light and contrast; I have therefore offered a mod with that in mind.
Phil

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 5Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 4:56 PM

Hi All
Thank you for your feedback and kind words.
Thank you to Elaine for the suggested titles, I like "The Eyes of Innocence" the best.
Thank you to Phil for taking the time to do a modification.
All is very much appreciated.
Best Wishes
Tracey x

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jacksloan
jacksloan  4 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2012 - 6:44 PM

Beautiful shot! I really like the simplicity created with the shallow depth of field and the mono conversion. It made me focus my attention on the facial expression.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2012 - 11:42 AM

Superb!

After my comments on your gorilla, I'm surprised to see that this was shot at ISO-800, too, as there's no obvious noise. Definitely no need for that here, as dropping to ISO-400 would still give you a shutter speed of 1/250s, which is more than adequate at ~100mm on an image-stabilized lens. It's also about half a stop under-exposed (look where the histogram stops) but that doesn't make a huge difference; you could lighten his eyes, though, which would make them even stronger.

Why does it need a title?

Dave.

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 5Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2012 - 8:08 PM

Hi Dave

Thank you for taking the time to look at this image and comment, of which I take on board regarding the eyes. As for a title, I entered this into my camera club's competition and also trying it out in a couple of salons, a title is required to enter. I've now changed the title for future competitions to The Eyes of Innocence which was suggested by Elaine.

Best Wishes
Tracey

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2012 - 1:08 AM

Good luck with the competitions -- the shot deserves to do extremely well!

I think I'd go for something very neutral like "Boy, Uganda" as a title, if forced to supply one. I'd rather see the photo judged on its considerable merits, rather than run the risk of a judge disagreeing with the title, rather than the photograph. But I've never been anywhere near a competition in my life.

Dave.

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