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This was a spur of the moment shot of my son during a break in a play, It was taken some time ago so i`m a little sketchy on the setting other than, camera an lens, I was just trying to capture the brightness of the uniform.

Camera:Canon EOS 500
Lens:standard ef 80-200mm
Recording media:33mm
Title:Playing Soldiers
Username:TerenceD TerenceD
Uploaded:16 Jan 2010 - 11:00 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Portraits / people
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young_al
young_al  5 England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 11:35 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi there,
not sure what in camera settings you could have changed to improve this as the shot itself seems ok, nice colours and the soldier is well exposed. takin snapshots always leaves things that you don't see at the time, the only thing i find distracting here is the table to his left, very bright and takes attention away from him. had a quick go at darkening it, nomy quick so its slightly patchy but if you did it with a bit of care it may improve....

nice shot of the moment though

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davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 4:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

On the plus side there's a good expression, nice colour rendition and shallow depth of field so the background is out of focus. On the minus side the background is still distracting and competes with your model. Al has mentioned the burnt out area on the left but having a dark area on the right means that the top part of the cap has disappeared. I'd have tried to pose him against a plain background; or if your photoshop skills are up to it make a selection of your model and copy/paste to a new background.
Dave

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 5:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to ePhotozine!

This is a nice, fun portrait that makes you smile. He has a nice expression and the catchlights in his eyes bring the face to life.

There are a couple of small issues. As has been remarked, the background is rather distracting. As has been said, it's good that it's out of focus and toning it down would make it less noticeable. Since the right-hand side is a solid region of black, I've taken the approach of painting the whole background with that shade for my mod.

It's a pity that he's not quite looking at the camera. Eye-contact isn't essential but the photo would be stronger if he were either looking directly into the camera (and, hence, establishing eye contact with the viewer) or obviously looking away. Here, he seems to be looking at something over your shoulder, neither directly at you nor really looking away. Talking to the person you're photographing will usually get them to look directly at you, while avoiding the forced look that results from just telling them to look into the camera.

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TerenceD
TerenceD  4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 - 9:44 PM

Thanks for all your comments, I was attemting to capture him in the moment and felt distracting him would give the picture to posed a feel but I think I may have misjudged it, all of your comments have been very helpful.

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LittleDowney
LittleDowney Junior Member 4
7 Feb 2010 - 5:51 PM

its meeeeeeeeeee

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