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This was intended to be a shot of a child playing piano. The focus was to be her hand and the keys.

F 5.6
Focal Length 50mm
Exposure 1/60
ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 18-50mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Piano Lesson
Username:davidblose davidblose
Uploaded:15 Jan 2011 - 11:50 PM
Tags:Black & white, Piano
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Lou_Pink
Lou_Pink e2 Member 5Lou_Pink vcard Northern Ireland6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 12:59 AM

Nice shot, works well in mono and takes me back to another little girl, longer ago than I care to admit, trying to stretch my fingers to get that full octave, lovely image

Lou

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Patricia Fenn
Patricia Fenn e2 Member 10614 forum postsPatricia Fenn vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 8:20 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a lovely shot with good composition but the problem is the highlights are burned out, particularly the little finger.
You can avoid this happening by sellotaping a length of greaseproof paper over the window where the light is coming through to hit her hand, this will soften the light and you will keep the details of her skin.

I've tried to rescue the image as much as possible by shadows/highlight: Shadows +14, Highlights +10, then I copied the details of her ring finger into the burned out little finger, then added a sepia filter +50.
Hope that helps,
Patricia.

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Grampy
Grampy e2 Member 5507 forum postsGrampy vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 9:20 AM

I feel that the sweater detracts from a nice image, a little backlight from a refector would help bring out the background black keys.
I guess that this was shot with camera flash, it might be worth trying natural light using a standard or bedside light to add a little interest in the very dark part top left.
Phill

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 9:45 AM

Nice idea but the exposure/lighting is very wrong, and that rather spoils everything. The detail has completely gone on parts of the hand, and you can't get that back. You should see this on the LCD.

paul

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