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I think you either like or hate this shot. I used a high ISO to try create an evocative and moody shot of my friends little boy.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70 -300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Elias
Username:Berniea Berniea
Uploaded:6 Feb 2011 - 10:27 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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mswiech
mswiech  3 Canada1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 11:23 AM

I like the picture. I think you did a good job with the higher iso, as it gave it a old pic feel to it. The only thing that is distracting to me is the white spots on the eyes. I think there is a little too much glare on his forehead on the right side of the pic, but other then that, a good portrait shot.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41195 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 3:29 PM

I don't like dummies in pictures either, and this lighting and pose looks more like a gangster than a toddler (Babyface Nelson, perhaps? Tongue ).

More sympathetic lighting would perhaps be more apprpriate?

Nick

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:05 PM

No issue with the ISO or the dummy/soother/pacifier, - but the issue I do see Bernie is with lighting and expression.

This could be a shot for an advert for a creepy film! The kid looks very sad, and the dark areas introduce unnecessarily drama that give the impression he is in imminent danger.


I have loaded a mod with a crop; rotation to place the eyes more on a diagonal, and one eye on a third; slightly rediced noise in the face to soften but left in the nackground; and using the liquefy tool tried to give a hint of a smile to his eyes.

I know you will take this in the spirit its meant Bernie, so hope this input is ok.




Regards



Willie

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Berniea
Berniea  3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 - 1:46 PM

Thanks guys - all points taken and understood this is just one of those photographs that I had which I was interested to get some feed back. As I said probably not an easy image to like and maybe not one for the family portrait gallery !!Wink

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