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I'm a bit out of my comfort zone with portraits, so comments and criticisms are very welcome. I've decided to upload another version with a less severe crop which may be better on reflection... Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:SIGMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Nuala
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:18 Feb 2012 - 12:24 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Portraits are not my strong suit and I share your wish for commentary when I do take the plunge. I don't see the alternative crop, but I like this one. "Cheeky" jumped to my brain's frontal lobe when I opened the picture. I very much like the color and her freckles stand out well. Her hair is a bit of a mess and well done there. Love the expression too. Any parent or grandparent worth their salt would be proud to have this one.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 12:52 PM

What a little cutie and you've captured her with a mischeiveious smile on her face. Prefer V2.........Sandy

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6510 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 12:54 PM

I am even more out of my comfort zone with portraits than you Ann but to my untrained eye I would agree with you that it may be a little close and V2 is better, to the purist I suppose the stray strands of hair in front of the eyes could have been moved aside but give me a natural image of a pretty little girl before the plastic barbie doll look any time.

gary

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 329 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 12:56 PM

Definitely V2 for me, shows off that cheeky expression and twinkling eyes, gorgeous colours Ann - Carole

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom883 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:18 PM

This is way outside my contact zone - direct eye contact scares me silly. I'll photograph strangers in the street without a second thought but telling someone how to pose and look at me - terrifying.
I go with the consensus for V2. That bit extra space, particularly for the tangle of hair - which I love because it's real.
The freckles and red hair are so beautiful - but conversely I can see both versions working in b&w.
Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:25 PM

A very natural portrait, Ann, which is so good to see. She has wonderful coloured hair and those gorgeous freckles, the fellas will be after her before too long Smile Carol

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:51 PM

Fantastic eyes, and those freckles and brilliant hair all melt together to enhance a superb in your face smile-- sure it did brighten my day!

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 1:56 PM

Excellent natural portrait Ann, great eye contact and I love the red hair and freckles. I think my preference is for V2, but I actually like both versions Smile IMHO a huge part of the portrait is to try and get the personality of the subject and if I may say I think you have done that beautifully. I can well imagine this little lady is very cheeky, or at least has the potential to be Smile

Hugh

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5168 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 2:09 PM

A really excellent portrait Ann. Very natural and full of Character. I prefer the wider crop of V2.
Derek

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woolybill1
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18 Feb 2012 - 2:15 PM

Spot-on informal character study, Ann. Formal portraits of young children always strike me as extremely stuffy, and I'm convinced that Nuala doesn't do stuffySmile
I too go for V2: the crop in V1 is just that little bit too close, not in the compositional sense but because of incipient image break-up (there is a technical explanation but I can't remember it - it is apparent rather than actual, connected with viewing distance and pixel size perhaps).
Regards
Bill

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mikbee
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18 Feb 2012 - 2:18 PM

Go with V2 Ann.
Perhaps V1 is too ''in your face'' so to speak !!
Good cheeky shot though.
Mick.

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Sue_R
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18 Feb 2012 - 4:02 PM

Lovely smile! V2 for me too. V1 is a little too close for comfort.

Sue Smile

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 4:27 PM

Brilliant portrait of this smashing little Girl Ann, very well done indeed.

John Smile

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nikshot
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18 Feb 2012 - 4:56 PM

Great portrait and beautiful grandchild Ann. Nick

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gingerdelight
18 Feb 2012 - 5:16 PM

A lovely, natural portrait Ann which is shown much better in V2.
Carol

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ChiliMan
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18 Feb 2012 - 5:17 PM

My goodness...she's completely edible! What a sweet thing.

GORGEOUS hair and freckles and a smile to melt all the world's problems. What a lovely kid.

I'm with V1.

Andrew Smile

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Scottishlandscapes
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18 Feb 2012 - 5:47 PM

I'm on V2 Ann the more open image suits this bonnie wee lass right down to the ground. Red hair and freckles and the loveliest expression, friendly and full of fun with a touch of mischief just for the spice. Looks like a wee person who would always be great company. Nuala will break a few hearts along the way and they'll come back for more.
Let's wish Nuala a very long and happy life.

Dougie

She obviously likes you to give that very special look.

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Len1950
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18 Feb 2012 - 6:30 PM

Lovely smile from a cheeky face, a super portrait.

Len

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rob_marshall
18 Feb 2012 - 6:40 PM

Ann

It's a super portrait of a very cheeky looking character, so it has a great 'dialogue'. I'm finding the face and eyes a bit out of focus though, compared to the hair which is very sharp. What lens did you use, and how close were you? f-stop?

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AnnChown
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18 Feb 2012 - 7:16 PM


Quote: Ann

It's a super portrait of a very cheeky looking character, so it has a great 'dialogue'. I'm finding the face and eyes a bit out of focus though, compared to the hair which is very sharp. What lens did you use, and how close were you? f-stop?

Yes, looking at it through your eyes, I can see what you mean. Thanks for pointing it out. Exif details are:
ISO 640 (taken in an old steam train on an overcast day)
54 mm
f/9.0
1/20 sec.

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AnnChown
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18 Feb 2012 - 7:18 PM

Thank you Andrew for your UA! Smile I'm thrilled as I don't do portraits, but she is very photogenic, so it had to be done!
Ann

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VivienO
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18 Feb 2012 - 8:25 PM

It's a lovely portrait Ann. Full of character and expressive, with fantastic clarity and detail - especially round her bright blue eyes. I like the tighter crop of V1
Viv

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nonur
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18 Feb 2012 - 9:57 PM

Great colour portrait, I also like V2 better.

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annettep38
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18 Feb 2012 - 10:54 PM

no 2 for me as well, a very fresh natural portrait, which I prefer to any studio work!

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19 Feb 2012 - 1:11 AM

Nice work Ann, - either one. One piece of advice, - the focus needs to be on her eyes, and its on the hair in front of her eye, - try manual focus if you get another chance.




Willie

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Ray42
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19 Feb 2012 - 8:53 AM

A brilliant portrait - a good tip from Willie - must remember that one - congratulations on the two UA's

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Scottishlandscapes
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19 Feb 2012 - 11:34 AM

I meant to give you my award too Ann, the expression is the star here, how sharp does sharp have to be when the image is so wonderful I wonder.

Well done a great picture which will sine out of the family album for years to come. WinkTongueGrin

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jonwebber
jonwebber  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2012 - 2:54 PM

The image, and the cheeky air, jump straight off the screen. As above, how sharp does sharp need to be? I always attempt to focus on the bridge of the nose, but that is a habit I formed when I used a split image focussing screen, many years ago. The split was in vertical objects, fence posts, noses . . .
jon

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Mynett
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19 Feb 2012 - 4:00 PM

wow this really stands out, the awards say it all Ann, very well detailed and good eye contact.

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19 Feb 2012 - 4:34 PM

Has to be v2 Ann. The extra tangle of hair makes all the difference and she is not so much 'in your face' (no pun intended) as in v1.
Beautifully natural, not posed at all....I had twice as many freckles when I was that age...

Malc

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19 Feb 2012 - 4:53 PM

Don't know about being out of your comfort zone with portraits - your "Mr Sound" remains one of my favourites.

Like both of these Ann but I do prefer v2.
Jason

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19 Feb 2012 - 6:47 PM

A beautiful portrait both are lovely, ones to be proud of.. Well done Lin

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Anjantoo
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19 Feb 2012 - 8:09 PM

Out of my zone too but what a beautiful young face framed with that gorgous hair!
Jann
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19 Feb 2012 - 8:22 PM

A simply superb portrait of this pretty young girl.

Rock

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19 Feb 2012 - 8:44 PM

Delightful Smile - V2 Ann.
Brian.

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Joline
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19 Feb 2012 - 8:57 PM

You have captured her impish grin in a very personal and beautiful way. I prefer the crop in v2. The extra space is welcome here.

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20 Feb 2012 - 11:15 AM

All of the above Ann, a terrific portrait! Shortlisted too

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20 Feb 2012 - 12:16 PM

I prefer v2 Ann, they are both charming portraits of this little girl. Gary has summed things up so eloquently, I much prefer natural portraits to over airbrushed and manipulated ones

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20 Feb 2012 - 12:20 PM

Ann convert in mono in nik silver efex software...will look cool I think.

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Dave87
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20 Feb 2012 - 8:59 PM

The lighting is super and together with the red hair and freckles - a child portrait of the finest order.

A child portrait not to walk past without getting a shot.

No hesitation placing my weekly award here.

Dave. -

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20 Feb 2012 - 9:03 PM

Thank you Dave and Dougie for your UAs! Wow!
Ann

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