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IN URBAN HOMES WE FIND SWANKY SWINGS , BUT NATURE HAS PROVIDED THESE ROBUST AND NATURAL SWINGS TO VILLAGE KIDS. I FIND THESE KIDS ENJOYING ONE.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Apr 2013 - 9:05 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:NATURE'S GIFT
Username:ukgubbi ukgubbi
Uploaded:14 May 2013 - 1:32 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 2:16 AM

There is nothing like smiling at kids having fun.
This shot is just greatů..GrinGrinGrinWinkWink

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 4:03 AM

Wonderful action and a great sense of joy. Great photo.

Peter

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
14 May 2013 - 4:33 AM

A lovely photo filled with the joy of life Smile

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cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:43 AM

well seen and timed Grin

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Uma
I agree with the comments above this image really shows fun and joy, but as its the critique section I'd like to offer some opinions to held improve on the image you have.

The 2 boys are in silhouette, this is OK if it's what you intended, but using a flash and a slight adjustment in timing would have brought out the boy's face and the smile I imagine is there.

This image as it is semi silhouetted could work as a B+W image and by cropping slightly the boys can be moved away from the centre. I have loaded 2 Mods to demonstrate my thoughts. The mods have been done quickly to demonstrate and with care a better overall result can be achieved.

In both mods I've removed the tree as all it effectively did for me was to crop the image and it serves no real purpose.

Let me know what you think.

Erik

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 9:01 AM

A good basis here but you needed some flash fill. The lighting on the boys is neither full nor silhouette. You were at 55mm, so quite close. Just pop up the internal flash on the 60D and let it do it for you. It is usually very accurate and would have lifted this shot no end.

Not enough people use flash when they should.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 14 May 2013 - 9:02 AM

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

Good capture. A charming picture of children enjoying life. As advised above a touch of fill flash would have helped exposed the boys more.
I've done a mod also:
I used photoshop to lighten shadows and darken highlights followed by burning midtones in areas away from the boys, I finished with a touch of sharpening.
I cropped from left and top to achieve a more balanced feel. I like the tree on the right as I feel it frames the images and helps sets the swinging from trees theme. My cropping of some of the bright sky helps the eye see into the darker more interesting areas.
regards
Ian

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 5:12 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Your shutter speed of 1/800 second has frozen the movement perfectly. Fill-in flash would have given you better detail on the boys ( a lot of people don't think of using flash in bright sunlight, but bright sun creates dark shadows and that's where we need flash!) but I'm guessing that it would have restricted you to 1/200 second. That's generally the fastest shutter speed that will allow flash. So the boys might not have been as sharp... Life is full of compromises, we just have to be aware of the possibilities, and their strengths and weaknesses, and judge as best we can as to what suits the circumstances.
If you get a chance to photograph this sort of scene again though, I suggest that you take time, watch the children discreetly, wait until they are swinging sideways so that their faces are visible in profile and not hidden by the branches. You should have plenty of time to wait for the moment, they're enjoying themselves far too much to move away in a hurry!
Moira

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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 5:52 PM

When U don't allow voting ,a brief comment pops up, both -ive & +ive. You have an eye for app subject ,so keep it up.

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