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I took this without really thinking. I cropped it down to an offset panoramic as I felt that worked better. I have applied a very slight gritty effect to tweak up those freckles which I do think has worked nicely. Interestingly I did not touch contrast yet the girls lips are both very red - although they are quite coloured in life too but not sure if it looks false on this shot and not sure if that needed tweaking - but don't know how. I do like the Sandy / beachy colours. I think the DOF is slightly wrong as the younger one is slightly out of focus - can you see that? And there is no catch light in her eyes - does it need some? Feel free to ip it apart people.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55-200mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Sisters Panoramic
Username:perkyjude perkyjude
Uploaded:24 Jul 2011 - 9:17 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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rambler
rambler e2 Member 6474 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2011 - 10:32 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Judy,
I love this shot, a very natural portrait which portrays the vitality of the two girls.
Catch-lights? Do not get hung up on them, if you look closely you will see the younger girl has one feint one in her left eye. The other eye is too closed to have one, nothing wrong in that.

The depth of field is perfect, portraits of children often benefit from a slightly soft feel. Here the slight difference between the two reinforces the age difference and works extremely well for me.

Their skin tone and lip colour are good too, it tells me that they have been out playing on the beach, running around and enjoying themselves.

I do have one negative point, the younger girl has a slight bogey, once seen never forgotten ha ha,
Quick job to clone that out.

I loke the rest of your portfolio too, you have the eye as they say, keep up the good work.

Ken.

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2011 - 12:20 PM

LOL about the bogey!

Lovely portrait, and as Ken said there is a tiny catchlight, and even if you have done something to this it looks perfectly believable.

Cheers, Goggz

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2011 - 7:00 PM

A nice image, well cropped. Obviously heavily backlit - I wonder if a burst of flash set to half power might just add a bit including those catch lights. However, like what you have done.

Paul

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ItsMeJustG
25 Jul 2011 - 11:27 AM

I think its wonderful. Beautiful subjects, beautifully shot.
I think the light hair to the right helps to balance the space on the left. Makes the effect of the off-centre composition really work for me.
Personally, I would be chuffed to bits if it was my shot.

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55jase e2 Member 8186 forum posts55jase vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2011 - 1:39 PM

A super portrait. I love the expression on their faces. A great crop makes the picture.
Jase

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2011 - 1:43 PM

Thankyou everyone - funny thing is I did not spot the bogey...lol, I will have to sort that out.

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2011 - 8:55 PM

its a lovely shot, the format although difficult to work with, is working for you and it looks as if the two lovely young models are peeking through into another world.
their expressions are super.

the colours are a little strong on my screen and id be tempted to desaturate slightly, i think it would work well in mono too.

super work to get both expressions right
Phil

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2011 - 9:11 PM

Thankyou Phil - It's interesting that you say about the colours being a little strong - it does not look strong on my screen, or in the prints I have had done, however I have not yet had my screen calibrated. Does anyone else think the colours seem saturated? Maybe I need to change my monitor settings - I do find it a constant concern.

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