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I'd be grateful for any opinions of this image please. I like the simplicity - but would it be seen as boring?

I hope the image conveys a sense of carefree, innocent freedom.

I've applied a touch of HDR when processing - hopefully not too much!

Thanks in advance for any suggested improvements.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Mar 2012 - 4:33 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Footie on the Beach
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:18 Mar 2012 - 10:11 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, General
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Stenk
Stenk  7 England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 10:16 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi there, to me all that needs to be done is to crop off some of the sea, make it a letter box style photo. I would make it so the the water line is about a third from the top, then you have a winner on your hands because the main subject is then stronger in the picture.

Hope this helps

Steve

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Jestertheclown
18 Mar 2012 - 10:31 PM

Hi Elaine,

I like this a lot. It certainly succeeds in your quest for the portayal of freedom.

As Steve says, I suppose you could crop it although personaly, I'd leave it.

After I'd straightened it up, that is!

Bren.

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2012 - 10:38 PM

Hi Steve,

I've just tried this crop in Elements and yes, it makes a big difference to the shot, as you advised it has focussed the attention on the child, which is what I wanted to convey.

Thanks for this advice.

I've checked out your website and your work is wonderful. It gives me encouragement to keep on trying to improve my images - it helps to look at acomplished work.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
18 Mar 2012 - 10:47 PM

Hi Bren,

I'm glad you like the shot. Thanks for taking the time to load your straightened mod. The letter box crop looks good, so I'll probably do that in the final image............plus straighten it as you have advised. Thanks a load.

Cheers

Elaine

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 10:58 PM

Certainly not boring, in fact a very fine capture on the innocence and freedom the child is enjoying all on her own on the beach: I do agree with Steve's advice re. cropping......makes the composition even more dramatic and enhances the shot.
I see that you agree with his opinion.
Ronnie.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 11:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Definitely simplicity rather than boredom, Elaine!

I like the idea of cropping a bit off the top and a bit of a clockwise rotation does help. I'm not sure if the camera is really at an angle but the slight angle of the shoreline just makes it look a bit wonky. Other than that, it's a good shot of childhood, as distinct from any particular child, so it's something everyone can relate to.

Not sure what the point of the HDR was, though, as all it seems to have done is introduce haloes around the girl. Really, the purpose of HDR is to let you capture scenes where there's such a range of brightness levels that a single exposure is forced to be either under- or over-exposed or even both. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't apply it elsewhere but I think that better results are usually achieved by more appropriate tools -- which usually means the curves tool for anything that looks like a contrast or brightness adjustment.

Dave.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Mar 2012 - 3:26 PM

Hi Ronnie,

Sorry I didn't get time to reply to you last night - I'd gone to bed.

Thanks for taking the time to give your opinion on the cropping. It's amazing what a little change like this can make to an image.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Mar 2012 - 3:36 PM

Hi David,

Again sorry I didn't reply sooner, but I'd gone to bed last night before I saw your message.

I'm glad you have pointed out the HDR processing on the image. I've had a rethink and feel that the original image is nice enough to just warrant a bit of tweaking i.e. cropping, straightening, contrast, brightness etc.

I've just bought some new processing software which has HDR type options and am keen to put it to good use, but I guess here, less is more!

Thanks for taking the time to comment and also pointing me in the right direction.

Cheers

Elaine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 4:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is my kind of image - simple and appealing. However, a couple of points. You need the girl slightly nearer the left bottom third. You then need a very heavy top crop, even more than the mod for me. How did you do HDR without either more than one exposure, or a RAW starting file?

But, the basis for a really superb image is there.

paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Mar 2012 - 9:42 PM

Hi Paul,

Yes, I'll certainly take your advice on the crop and the placing in the scene of the little girl - thanks very much for that advice.

I opened the RAW image in Elements, made some changes to the RAW file, little tweaks to exposure, sharpen brightness, contrast etc , then opened it in Topaz Adjust 5. In Adjust there are some HDR type of effects you can apply to a single image. I don't know how to use it properly yet..........I've decided not to use it on this image now.

Thanks for your very helpful comments, it's very much appreciated.

Elaine

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