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M wife, a ceramist, and I on our honeymoon in 2005 met this family of potters working in a technique as old as the Romans......We were invited to their very, very modest home, and invited to have lunch with them. They sent us for a walk in the hills with one of their children while they killed and cleaned one of their few chickens. I could have spent the whole day photographing the mother, who was also the potter.

Brand:Minolta Co., Ltd.
Camera:Konica Minolta Dimage A1
Lens:24/61 mm lens setting, f/5.0 at 1/160
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2005 - 8:58 PM
Focal Length:24.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Berber Mother and Daughter
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:7 Jan 2013 - 4:18 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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abeeror2
abeeror2  1 Australia
7 Jan 2013 - 4:57 AM

Beautiful warm capture.Smile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 4:07 PM

Its a very nice shot Peter. I had a Dimage 7 years ago that I loved.


The shot is well composed with a good exposure. Its slightly flast, - meaning low contrast, and thats really nothing you could do much with at the time of shooting. Its in post processing where this can be improved. This simply involves ensuring that black = black.

The Mother has some very nice natural catch lights in her eyes, and these are worth enhancing a little by brightening, - catch lights only.

All done in the mod, and its cropped to an 8 X 10 aspect ratio that gives a better eye placement in the frame for the mother.


Well done,



Regards



Willie

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7100 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 9:06 PM

In addition to Willies remarks it might have helped to use a wider aperture giving a narrow depth of field, this would defocus the background and allow the mother and daughter to stand out.

I have added a mod where I have simulated this in PS.... of course it would be better to do this in camera not in post production.

Just a thought

Trev

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:58 AM

Nice image. Just brighten a bit, then crop top and left to come in very close on the faces. The balance is better and the brighter background is largly excluded.

Paul

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