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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Apr 2012 - 11:26 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Two little boys reflecting
Username:phillemare phillemare
Uploaded:5 Nov 2012 - 7:59 AM
Tags:Portraits / people, Refection
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 8:15 AM

I normally dislike kiddie pics but this one with its lovely reflection and the child touching the water is enchanting, and very well taken.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 10:04 AM

Set up or otherwise, an interesting shot.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10829 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2833 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 5:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a beautiful moment with the two kids unaware of the camera. It works well with the reflection visible.

If you want to tweak it, the kids faces are a little too bright, and while this is addressed, it will also reduce the glare coming from the water, and the gravel path, and give everything a little more detail.

I would crop some space from the bottom to remove the bits of grass, and just a little off the right to move the kids a little off centre.


I used the highlight tool in Photoshop CS to do this.


Ive done this in mod1. Sometimes, shots where direction subjects are looking is to the left, flipping the shot horizontally, as in mod2 can give a completely different feel to the shot, though its not how it was at the time.


Hope this helps,


Regards


Willie

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phillemare
5 Nov 2012 - 8:22 PM

Thank you Willie, most helpful. Its funny I have stared at this picture so many times and i missed the grass, and yes bringing it off centre would help....I pondered this for some time and I agree with you. I use Lightroom 4, a new prog for me, so I am off to play with the brightness.
Thank you again.
Philip

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 11:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Willie addressed the issues I was going to raise. Before reading other people's critique, I take my time to sample some thoughts myself, but most of the stuff I came up with were already pointed out.

As already mentioned, the highlights needed to be kept in check as the some areas of the face and neck are close to being burnt out - adjust this if you have the RAW file (shows JPEG in EXIF). Also, the crop is to "in the centre" for my liking - I'd crop to give the impression of negative space in the direction the children are looking - might also use content-aware fill to add some more space if the original picture wasn't larger. I think Photoshop would tackle that very easily.

Also, I think you could have used a slightly faster shutter speed and a wider aperture (say f/5.6 maybe) to try to get that grass to be blurred out and better isolate the kids and the reflection - though to be honest I don't know whether a shallower depth of field would end up blurring parts of the reflection.

Finally, I think this is crying for a B/W conversion - you might lose the red-hair (which leaves an impact) but you'll also get rid of the red-shirt that is vying for attention. I'll try to do a mod myself now and see where that takes me...

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 11:34 PM

Mod uploaded - description in the mod itself. Also cloned out the grass, was distracting in my opinion. One thing that I could have also cloned out is that label on the kid's trousers. That's easy to fix I guess. The simpler the clothing looks in the final picture, the better, let's keep attention where it's needed most.

Last Modified By alistairfarrugia at 5 Nov 2012 - 11:35 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:12 PM

Nice kiddy shot, but a few tweaks needed. Bit off the top and right. At least half a stop less exposure andit is rather red. Would dial in a touch of blue.

Paul

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