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Another of my son, he was lying down on the trampoline playing with his cars, and I wanted to try to get a pose where just his face was in focus, this is what I managed.

f4, 1/250, ISO 100, 119mm


Edit: I have just uploaded a version 2 to try and fix a couple of over exposed areas I noticed after uploading and altered the colour balance

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Static pose
Username:sophis sophis
Uploaded:5 Jul 2010 - 12:19 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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RoxyMoo
RoxyMoo  4 England
5 Jul 2010 - 12:21 PM

Hehe...So cute! Reminds me of my son when he comes down his slide....But gives me a static shock!
Great capture
Claire

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
5 Jul 2010 - 1:53 PM

Love that hairdo and the piercing stare.
Cheers
Alan

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2010 - 2:45 PM

It looks like you have been plugging your son into the mains, Debbie!

I would go for a combination of V1 and V2. I prefer V1 generally but agree that there are a couple of overexposed areas eg on his legs which you have corrected in V2. You could always combine the two versions using layer masks.

It's a great pose, like the bus too. Well done.

Best wishes

Catherine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2010 - 5:21 PM

Whilst you are on the right lines with v2, your burning in does leak onto the surrounding areas a bit. Otherwise a well seen and composed image of some merit.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2871 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2010 - 9:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a terrific action shot, one not to be missed.

In V2 youve addressed a couple of areas that did need some attention, but as Paul said youve left evidence of the changes youve made so they over spill the targeted areas a little.

Heres a better way than using the burn tool:

In CS3, select the curves adjustment; The dialogue box has a small hand with an extended fimger at the top left; select tis, and place it on the area you want to tone down (or brighten); to darken, click and drag down until it looks good; the entire image will darken, - but your adjustment layer will have a mask already on it. Fill the mask with black, alt>backspace with black as the foreground, which removes your adjustment, and then use the white brush to paint in the areas you want darkened. Use the Opacity slider to manage the amount applied, then flatten the image.

Ive done this, re composed the shot by cropping right and adding space left and bottom,. increased contrast using curves, and darkened the trampoline a little, - sharpened a little too.

Notice the difference between how the 2 mods look, - the first had the Adobe RBG colour space attached, the second has sRGB, - so you likely need to assign the sRGB space to your shots before uploading.


Hope this helps.

Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 5 Jul 2010 - 9:40 PM

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sophis
sophis  8136 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2010 - 9:32 AM

Thank you so much Willie, that was exactly what i was trying to achieve in this image but wasn't succeeding, and thanks for the photoshop technique you have just explained, its a new one to me and will definitely come in useful for future work. Photoshop does so much and with the help of this site and you I'm learning new techniques all the time.

Thanks Catherine and Paul, your honest comments and views always mean a lot.

Thanks Claire and Alan.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2010 - 9:10 PM

Coming to this rather late but I think it's superb. The frazzled look on his face complements his 'hairstyle' perfectly!

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