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Tried a portrait again and also in mono. Must say fairly pleased with the shot but to much light on the top of the hat
Leon

Camera:Panosonic Lumix FZ50
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Gonna blow this thing
Username:leons29 leons29
Uploaded:15 Jan 2009 - 6:24 PM
Tags:Black & white, Boy, Bubbels, Child, Children, Close-up / macro, Hat, Portraits / people
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 6:34 PM

A wonderful expression on the child's face, very well captured. Carol

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
15 Jan 2009 - 6:48 PM

Cool Dude,love the hat.!!
Cheers
Alan

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 6:54 PM

A lovely capture great expression and a super sun hat,we wear hats to keep the rain off,Smile
Alan

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photophantom
16 Jan 2009 - 4:12 AM

Great portrait Leon, in case like this, I will use the linear burn tool to defuse the excess light surrounding the hat. Well done.
Dennis

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Skye24Blue
16 Jan 2009 - 8:48 AM

Sweet shot.
Mac

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rangerpaul
16 Jan 2009 - 8:27 PM

Intimate portrait Leon. I agree the BG is bright but nothing that's easily fixed.
Has the makings of a great shot.
Paul

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willgriffiths
willgriffiths e2 Member 6willgriffiths vcard Wales
16 Jan 2009 - 8:44 PM

Excellent lovely in mono. Will

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2009 - 4:13 AM

What a great portrait Leon, such a great expression.
Bob

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Andree_Borrel
17 Jan 2009 - 11:02 AM

Fine mono

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
17 Jan 2009 - 1:42 PM

What a fabulous candid shot.
Many thanks for your comment on my Loch scene.
I'm very much a photographer at the learning level and hadn't even thought of the crop.
Annette

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2009 - 9:25 PM

A lovely portrait which works so well in mono

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leons29
leons29  6 South Africa
18 Jan 2009 - 4:14 AM

Thanks for all the comments guys
Leon

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 6:11 AM

Needs a bit of composition and contrast, beside that, it's an interesting shot, well done
Astyag

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 8:31 AM

This is a lovely portrait of a boy engrossed in his activity. It would however, like Astyag said, benefit from a boost of contrast.
If you look at the histogram using the "Levels" feature in your software you'll see that there are almost no pixels in the black area to the left. This means your image has lots of highlights or whites but very little dark tones / shadows. The levels tool has 3 adjustment sliders for white point, midtones and black point.
By moving the left (black point) slider to the the right (where the actual graph starts) you are telling your software where the range of tone within the image to start as black should be. This will increase the contrast. You can then move the midpoint slider slightly to the right as well. This will further darken the image without interfering with the brighter areas. Hope this helps.
Alex

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leons29
leons29  6 South Africa
18 Jan 2009 - 11:16 AM

Thanks Alex, will give it a bash
Leonm

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 3:28 PM

Lovely mono candid. With Alex' excellent suggestion it will be even better.
Rende

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georg
georg e2 Member 9georg vcard South Africa
18 Jan 2009 - 3:37 PM

works good in b+w

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dreamflower
19 Jan 2009 - 11:20 PM

I like what you captured!

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2009 - 2:57 PM

When I would shoot an image with this kind of strong light, I would not be able to recover the burned out areas. I've therefore started shooting in RAW mode, and am able to recover more data. For this image, you could simply crop it tightly at the top and the side. I think if you darken it, you might loose detail in the face. I rather like the high-key tone of this, also quite appropriate for a child portrait. Good candid capture.
Anne

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leons29
leons29  6 South Africa
21 Jan 2009 - 5:38 PM

Thanks guys. Anne believe it or not I have never tried RAW. I do have the functionality and will give it a go. Most of my shots is straight of the camera. Looking to get PS but for now I have a fairly basic program. Has some nice features though. You will not believe how expensive PS is in South Africa and mainly due to the dollar being so much stronger than the rand. Good news is I donít live in Zimbabwe other wise it would cost well over a million zim dollars Smile You are spot on regarding darkening, lost a lot of detail when I tried it so I cropped tight on top and just left the rest
Leon

Last Modified By leons29 at 21 Jan 2009 - 5:41 PM

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2009 - 4:03 AM

Make sure you have a program to convert those RAW files. My camera came with software that converts. I don't know about other cameras.
Anne

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2009 - 2:18 PM

The tighter crop idea came to mind here-- I love the expression on the boys face, concentrating on the job at hand--

and I love the high key sense you have accomplished!
Jennnn

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