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We passed these beautiful young ladies going in the opposite direction. When we'd gone on a few steps I turned to get a shot of them walking away from us and to my surprise, at the exact moment I pressed the shutter, they all turned round to look at the camera.

I've given this a square(ish) crop and added a vignette.

I've uploaded the original too.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

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:15 Feb 2013 - 11:24 AM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Friends
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:14 May 2013 - 5:57 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 6:09 PM

A really great spontaneous capture, I like the crop of V1, love the light .....well done

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
14 May 2013 - 6:32 PM

Thanks Colleen - I'm glad you like the shot Grin

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chase
chase Critique Team 81115 forum postschase vcard England234 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 6:38 PM

A well timed capture of these beautiful Ladies,so good of them to look at you at just the right time Wink
You have processed this well,I like the colours.
Maybe this would have worked with just a we bit more of the bg above their heads,just to place their great smiling faces ( well 2 of the 3 ) on the upper third.
I do like the building to the left of the frame,I think it gives them a sense of 'being' in their natural environment...I would have cloned out the white post though.
I'll have a bash at a mod to show you what I mean.

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chase
chase Critique Team 81115 forum postschase vcard England234 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 6:55 PM

OK,I did a quick mod from your original.
Cropped as suggested,not quite as close as yours in order to retain more of their environment.Straightened the whole image with a rotation.
Removed a couple of bright spots to the right of the frame & cloned out the white post.
Added just a slight vignette to put the focus right onto the Ladies.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41174 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 6:57 PM

A lovely moment caught, just a small shame the girl on the right isn't smiling too.

You've done the crop and rotation you needed, I might be inclined to push the colours a little too, and the contrast, to make it really pop from the screen.
You could even do it selectively on the dresses, to keep the softer skin textures and avoid "panda eyes".

Nick

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41174 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:07 PM

Just did a mod, but it only came out lo-res. You can get the idea of what I meant anyway!

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
14 May 2013 - 7:11 PM

Hi Janet,

Thanks for the mod. I like your crop showing more of the environment and I also like your lighter vignette better. I think my vignette may be a little too harsh.

Thanks for the tip about cropping to put the faces on a third - I'll remember that when cropping in future.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
14 May 2013 - 7:14 PM

Hi Nick,

Yes I can see what you mean about the colors and I think it could look terrific - I'll try it.

I wish the girl on the right had been smiling too Smile

Thanks for the mod - Cheers

Elaine Grin

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cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:56 PM

What a wonderful opportunist shot Smile Smile Smile Smile

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
14 May 2013 - 8:00 PM

Hi Jeff,

It all happened in a second - they turned just as I pressed..........lucky timing Grin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 10:09 PM

A nice moment, charming is the right word. I wouldnt want to get into an argument with the girl on the right.


Youve done quite a good job. I dont see a need for a vignette, but its a personal choice.

I used your original for a mod, - it is cropped longer, and the couple of tree/head merges have been removed. The usual black and white point treatment.




regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 7:23 AM

This is a nice image with a lot of appeal. I'm not sure how you process, but most of your images have a pastel look to the colours. Not unpleasant, but a touch flat. There seems to be a lack of contrast and brightness. Not much, just a tiny bit. I've just downloaded the image into CS3 to try and brighten it up and it looks much better by doing nothing! A bit puzzled by that although the histogram does suggest a lack of the brighter and darker colours at each end.

Look at the histogram. It should reach nought at each end exactly. It actually overlaps the end of the graph at each en suggesting a slight compression of colour range? Willies need for black and white point compensation suggests the same.

Paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod. I think I cropped in too tight now that I've seen your's and Janet's mods which look better.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
15 May 2013 - 11:46 AM

Hi Paul,

I've just checked out the histogram and played around with the white and black droppers and I think I now understand how to set the black and white point properly.

Thanks for your help.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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