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Being new to DSLR, my intention was to try and master the camera settings(other than automatic!) Hopeful of catching a lovely sunset, it was my childrens impromptu antics that took over! I had to go with the moment and resorted to 'Sports' setting and continuous bracketing and managed to capture my 15yr old daughter who is a Highland Dancer. I would like to make this into a canvas but would welcome criticism/advice before I do so.

Camera:Canon EOS 500
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Island Fling
Username:mnicn mnicn
Uploaded:29 Jun 2010 - 11:40 PM
Tags:Portraits / people, Silhouette:sunset:beach:dance:
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139367 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2010 - 1:05 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a decent enough impromptu photo of your child, and you have to work with whatever you have, in a sense. It is a moment I'm sure you will treasure for all sorts of reasons - not necessarily photographic!

However, the problem with the image as it stands is that your daughter is 'bisected' so to speak by the darker area of sea and rock. As you were shooting against the light it may have been better to shoot from a lower position so as to get more of the subject as a silhouette against the bright sky.

I the mod I've uploaded for you I have attempted to mitigate this issue with use of the PS shadows/highlights tool to differentiate the subject from the darker part of the background and also the rein in the highlights to increase richness of tone.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2010 - 8:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The idea is excellent, but the rocks cut your daughters silhouette and rather spoil things. This is one of those where you needed sun, sea and sand + daughter and nothing else.

You could then have given at least 2 stops less exposure to reduce the glare and burnt out highlights. I would also come in closer, cutting out much of the sky. but leaving the reflection on the sand.

Paul

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sophis  7136 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2010 - 11:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this image, but as already said the rocks in the background stop your daughter standing out of the image, I have had a go at a mod using photoshop cs3 in which I cloned out most of the rocks from the sea and created a new layer using soft light at 50% opacity and carefully added a slight bit of colour to the sea.

Debbie

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sophis  7136 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2010 - 11:18 AM

I've just uploaded a second mod as looking at it again after I uploaded, I realised the blue colour I chose for the sea in first mod was a bit dominating in the image, in the second mod I did exactly the same but chose a colour from the foreground so it blends in more with the rest of the image.

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