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This was a little and old house in a little forgotten town in Argentina.
This family were waiting for me to take a photo in their garden.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Apr 2011 - 7:53 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:la tapera
Username:Bernabedellamattia Bernabedellamattia
Uploaded:25 Jan 2013 - 12:14 PM
Tags:Gaucho, Portraits / people
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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 12:50 PM

Amazing setting and very well lit. Looks like it came from a different era rather than just last year. I imagine they dressed up especially for the occasion? No way my kids could kep a dress on all day and be as clean as that little girl!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 1:04 PM

This has got to be a set piece. Hardly shot on the hoof. Good work but very posed. The lighting also looks set up to me. Not natural. So, nice image but I think you are not telling us all.

Paul

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costas
costas e2 Member 6costas vcard Greece2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 2:09 PM

This is a superb family portrait brilliantly lit and composed, individually the poses are so expressive, well done !

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 2:18 PM

I have done a mod.

I am not sure if you have a version of PS that has shadow/highlights but

I increased shadows +30
increased highlights +70
increased contrast +40
and using the overlay layer darken the lighter area on the woman's face and lightened the dark shadows on all the faces.

I did it rather quickly so there might be an odd flaw but I hope you like it

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mugshotmyk
25 Jan 2013 - 2:51 PM

Sorry, can't critique what is a marvellous image. The figures are so wonderfully placed and the natural poses simply unbeatable, but the addition of the little dog is quite magical. Yes, perhaps the process suggestions are useful but all in all it's an image you can be rightly proud of.

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 3:05 PM

Stunning image. One can see the amount of work that has gone into the set up of the shot and the control of lighting is very skilled.
First class image all round.


David.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 3:39 PM

Above all praise. Excellent!

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capto
capto e2 Member 1588 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 3:55 PM

I must admit that my first reaction was that this was a stage set. It doesn't matter, it's an excellent image however it was done. Smile

ivor

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 426 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 3:56 PM

superb shot.....love it SmileSmileSmile

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Bernabedellamattia

The Family was posing for me, (they where specially dress for the photo, is natural that they want to be nice on it)and I used a flash light with 70x100 soft box.
I had change the colors a little bit, but not too much.
Thanks a lot for your comments.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 1:32 AM

Its quite a nice shot overall.


I would suggest that you could have lowered the camera height at the time of shooting, getting down more to their level, rather than shooting down, which has introduced a little distortion (minor).
I find, - might be just me, that I am drawn each time I look at this, to the dog, who looks the most posed of all, and seems to be coming out of the wall! And next to the cigarette.

I would remove the dog (how did a Scottish West Highland Terrier get there!), perhaps the cigarette, and crop closer as in the mod. But the biggest change would have been to shoot from a lower position so the lady, the girl, and yes the dog, are not looking up.


regards



Willie

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 9:11 AM

It is certainly nice to see slices of life from all around the world, but I do assume that this is posed as the clothing, which shows this to be a proud family, surely can't be worn all the time in that sort of environment.

I really do like this but would remove a chunk of the left hand side or make a square crop to suit the body language of mum, front and centre. The lighting is good and suits the mood well.

Well done.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 10:16 AM

A bit more info helps. It is very nice, but the lighting was obviously contrived and from the right which is the main give away. I think you needed a bit of frontal fill to lighten the shadows a touch as it is those that don't look natural.

Paul

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