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A Soul

By Papayapeach  
Here is the picture of two girls who are identical twins. They are two person but they behave like one and also they are fond of each other. In this image I tried to capture their one soul in this princess themed flower bed.

Tags: Princess Kids portrait Portraits and people


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
5 Sep 2018 11:17AM
Hello, Rachana, and welcome to Ephotozine. I see you joined today.

Your profile doesn't say a lot about you, but the link to your website tells me quite a lot - you are doing this for a living (as, frnakly, the style and processing of the picture suggest). Do you actually want critique? (If not, make sure the 'Critique wanted' box isn't ticked next time you upload.

But since - this time - you did tick the box, a couple of thoughts...

All the settings, nearly, are very sensible. I'll question just two - Shutter priority (aperture is usually more pressing, because of hte need to control depth of field precisely), and auto white balance (because this will lead to colour variations as composition changes with brightly coloured subjects like these two girls).

The overall effect is lovely - but there's a tiny bit of imbalance, as the upper twin seems to occupy more space, and makes the picture feel a little top-heavy. I'd either reframe a little to include a few inches more bottom and left, or flip the image upside down. Shooting from above means this should work... I might also have changed hte angle so that both girls are at an angle to the top and bottom - one is parallel to them, the other significantly diagonal.

I shall try that in a modification.

And... All the views here are nothing compared with the logic of sales.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 11:26AM
Not really a critique image. It is a fine piece of photography for a client who should be well pleased. There is nothing to comment on technically. Not sure about capturing the soul - just two happy young ladies and a lot of setting up.

A bit cheesy for my tastes but many like suck things. Not an image for my wall, even if they were my grand kids, but I don't have any on the wall anyway.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
5 Sep 2018 12:58PM
Very nice.

Perhaps they are a little closer to the bottom than the top, - not quite centred, but its a small point.

I tried a rotation just for fun.


Robert51 13 7 127 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 1:36PM
I can only echo the above. Great image that captures the closeness of the two girls.

The mod I have gone for a much light touch to the image to try to reflect their age.
5 Sep 2018 4:44PM
This is absolutely beautiful. Well done. Grin
Fefe Plus
10 62 38 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 4:44PM
miptog 16 3.6k 68 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 5:38PM
For me, this image is about symmetry. The crop is slightly off-center, and the placement of the twins hands would be nice if there matched in a "mirror-image" fashion. There also seems to be what looks like a dust-spot on the bottom left hand side of the frame on the blue dress. Having said that it is still a lovely image, and I am being critical.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 7:03PM
This is beautiful. Everything about it is delightful and a joy to look at even if the children have no connection to the viewer.

Part of me would like more symmetry, but then you deny the viewer the opportunity to explore the parts that aren't symmetrical, and which add to the charm.

I like the way the girl in blue has her hand up to her twin's face, which is an indication of their togetherness. At first, I wanted to see that hand down on her dress, like a mirror of the other girl, but changed my mind. An alternative would have been for the girl in yellow to emulate her twin's raised hand, giving you more of a chance to crop more closely and in a more balanced way. As it is, you obviously didn't want to cut off that lowered hand.

The eyes are beautifully sharp, and looking into the camera, which immediately engages the viewer, and I love the flowers and the garlands. Lovely work.
I would have to give this an award if it were in the main photography gallery.

RLF Plus
11 18 4 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2018 7:13AM
Stunning portraits.
A delightful pairSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2018 9:14AM
It's a really beautiful image, beautifully taken, and I am sure the twins will love it. Congratulations! As said above, it isn't really an upload for critique, and it would be well received here if votes and awards were enabled - so I suggest that you upload it again without ticking the critique box.

However as you did tick that box, a few random thoughts:

Unlike John, I agree with shutter speed priority, it can be important with excited young children! They don't hold a pose 100% reliably... Wink You kept an eye on aperture, increased ISO to give F5.6 which is perfect - so no problem for me there.

My personal taste - I would prefer a lot less processing on the faces, it really isn't necessary on children's skin. It gives a plastic look. I know skin-smoothing is promoted a lot - but children's skin is so lovely, why change it ?

I would like to reduce saturation slightly, particularly on yellows, particularly on the flowers. I have to go out, I'll try that later.

I really like the asymmetric arrangement - that's down to the angles of the arms, and it reinforces the sense of two different characters.

Finally - it's a matter of styling not photography, and it was probably the client's choice, but I would prefer to see the girls without the floral headbands, for me that's a complication too much, they look cluttered. Just have natural hair falling over flowers...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2018 7:56AM
I've uploaded a modification with a few tweaks - I reduced saturation a bit, put a bit more light on the flowers, and cropped with specific reference to the placement of the flowers, to play on asymmetry.

Looking closely, the flowers top left have been cloned in and it shows... That area needs a bit more attention to detail, particularly in the petal outlines.

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