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Again trying out a bit of digital manipulation to enhance my images, I felt this image tended to lend itself to a soft dreamy look, so I tried to convey that in my editing of the image, to achieve this I created layers, fill layers used gaussian blur, diffuse glow, overlay, curves and sharpen.

I also rotated the image to put it in landscape format as it was taken portrait, but I felt it would give a stronger composition landscape (does this work, or does it look too wierd with grass coming from the side?)

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:On, Red-eye reduction
Title:Daydreamer
Username:sophis sophis
Uploaded:21 Jun 2011 - 9:28 AM
Tags:Child, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10875 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2875 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 2:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a nice image. I would definitely think about the grass, - Ive desaturated in the mod. It looks odd just because you have rotated the shot, and you wouldnt expect to see someone leaning in grass vertically. The overall tone is quite cold for me, and can do with being a little earmer, - as in the mod. The eyes work is good.


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Last Modified By banehawi at 21 Jun 2011 - 2:23 PM

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 3:50 PM

not sure about the grass but i love the diagonal across the eyes which are fabulous and piercing sharp. the expression is good too.

im wondering if a desaturated version or a mono would take the edge off that grass.

nice work with the layers etc though,
Phil

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104025 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 4:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

it's difficult not to be over critical.......am no expert, so just some opinions...grass isn't overbearing but does look strange once you notice it...perhaps you could substitute something else?...The eye..I know it's a natural `flaw' but she has a small speck in one eye...find myself drawn to it...it's a beautiful portrait anyway Smile

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sophis
sophis  8136 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 5:30 PM

Thanks all Smile

I was debating with myself about the speck in his eyes whether or not I should leave it in as it is something permanent that he has had since he was born, I think it's a birthmark (although doctors haven't confirmed this they just brushed it off when I mentioned it and said its nothing) that is the reason I left it in as it is part of him, something distinguishable about him.

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sophis
sophis  8136 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 6:46 PM

also if you can zoom in at all you will notice that his iris is slightly out of shape because of his mark (maybe not so noticable in this image) but it kind of goes into a straight line right next to it, another reason why i leave it in Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2011 - 9:21 AM

This is actually very nice. A fine composition and my only criticism is that I do find the skin tones a little too light. Why you needed all the treatment beats me a bit. I'll bet it looks just as good with a quick histogram adjustment and smart sharpen.

Paul

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