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I enjoy taking candid shots of children but this time was caught out hence Caitlin's expression. Thanks to previous advice received here, I cloned out some distracting features

Camera:Canon eos 450d
Lens:Canon Zoom EF-S 18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:"WHAT.........????"
Username:Disee Disee
Uploaded:14 Mar 2010 - 10:11 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 4:14 PM

A nicely caught portrait Dinah. Those big eyes really make the shot. It looks from the shadows just below her ear that there was some fairly strong light bouncing around but you have managed to control it well.

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Catherine

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 4:56 PM

Hello, Dinah. Such a great expression and amazing eyes, quite charming. Well done for removing some distracting features. My first thought was to crop the left, not only for a better composition, but also to remove some unnecessary background. I assume you composed the image without the top of the child's head? That's not meant to be rude, I just wondered. Anyway, it looks ok and, after all, it's those wonderful eyes that capture the viewer's attention. They do, however, have a lot of coloured reflections within them, which is a shame because the reflections disguise the pupils. There is a pink cast to the picture, so I wonder if you adjusted your white balance for the shot. I have done a modification where I cropped, adjusted the colour and levels.
Pamela.

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Disee
Disee  4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 8:42 AM


Quote: A nicely caught portrait Dinah. Those big eyes really make the shot. It looks from the shadows just below her ear that there was some fairly strong light bouncing around but you have managed to control it well.

Best wishes

Catherine

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Disee
Disee  4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 8:46 AM


Quote: A nicely caught portrait Dinah. Those big eyes really make the shot. It looks from the shadows just below her ear that there was some fairly strong light bouncing around but you have managed to control it well.

Best wishes

Catherine

Thank you Catherine, (Caitlin's Mum is also a Catherine) We have very bright light here in Zimbabwe and it has been commented before that my shadows are perhaps too hard and sharp so it's something I have to always look out for....still learning to use all the features on my camera. Kind regards, Dinah

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Disee
Disee  4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 10:56 AM


Quote: Hello, Dinah. Such a great expression and amazing eyes, quite charming. Well done for removing some distracting features. My first thought was to crop the left, not only for a better composition, but also to remove some unnecessary background. I assume you composed the image without the top of the child's head? That's not meant to be rude, I just wondered. Anyway, it looks ok and, after all, it's those wonderful eyes that capture the viewer's attention. They do, however, have a lot of coloured reflections within them, which is a shame because the reflections disguise the pupils. There is a pink cast to the picture, so I wonder if you adjusted your white balance for the shot. I have done a modification where I cropped, adjusted the colour and levels.
Pamela.

Hello Pamela
Thank you for all your comments. I did crop a bit off the right to remove someone's back and you are correct, I needed to crop the left for both your reasons. Head cropping just happened, I looked at that but felt it was okay - but something to watch out for in the future. I agree fully with all your modifications and very much like your results. Thank you for your time and trouble. Kind regards, Dinah

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