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This is my little niece she was out hunting eggs and has just started walking. My main thing with taking pictures of kids is no pose just aim and shoot. I wanted to capture her pretty blue eyes,face and her pretty curly hair.I wanted to capture her facial expressions while hunting eggs for the first time. I used a 55-200 lens with hood and uv filter

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55-200mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 Mar 2013 - 10:30 AM
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Little PJ Hunting Easter Eggs
Username:winchester66 winchester66
Uploaded:5 Apr 2013 - 3:06 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2013 - 9:56 AM

have had a go at a mod...did a little work on the eyes (possibly too much?) added some clarity/vibrance and adjusted light/dark tones Smile

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iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2013 - 11:58 AM

Lovely.
You have captured her hair and skin tones beautifully. Her eyes are sharp and bright.
I see you used flash which has helped to light her face nicely. The dark shadow under the chin is due to the flash. The flash has worked as fill in flash with most of the light coming from natural light. You can reduce the intensity of the flash in camera. A little less (minus adjustment) would help to reduce the shadow.
The composition is pleasant but in my my would be improved with a lower camera position. There is a lot of the top of her head showing, lower with some shoulders area might work better.
Try and get eye contact, watch the birdie type of thing.
These are my personal views, I hope you will get more comments and advice.
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2013 - 1:37 PM

Nice family record but she doesn't look happy. Possibly not finding an egg! The eyes are very much in the bottom of the image. I would crop a lot from the top. OK , you loose the bow, but the eyes would be better placed. There is a slight lack of sharpness on the eyes and they should be sharp. If you are on auto focus, and I guess you are, then the camera has focused on other than the eyes and the minimal depth of field has failed to bring them into the focal range.

Use focus lock if you have time, half press the shutter button, recompose then shoot. Not easy with an active child. Other than that, set the focus point to the central area only and try and keep it where it needs to be. You could try servo auto focus to track the action, but depth of field would remain an issue.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2013 - 5:06 PM

Sweet image, but too close in for me, she looks cramped. I want to see more space - particularly under the face, but all round her as well.
Moira

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