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Advice please!

By katieb      
I would be grateful for any advice on this image - this was a spur of the moment shot, I was busy taking a landscape pic and turned round to see my little god daughter sitting on this bench with the dark wood behind her - thought it would make a great pic.
In my speed to capture her before she moved on I didn't get quite the right settings on the camera so ended up with the look I wanted but far too much noise. I have removed some of the noise but have I now made it too soft looking - not sure about colouring also.
Thank you for any help offered.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: KathyR, nigelsharman, sandyb and 13 more

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firzhugh 12 13 New Zealand
1 Aug 2005 9:31AM
this is a very beautiful portrait, gorgeous smile and pose but i think it might be even nicer without the foot of the bench on the left

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phowtow 13 46
1 Aug 2005 9:35AM
I agree, a marginally smaller crop would excentuate the girls face, apart from that its a great grab shot.

the colouring is a great bonus here, not the usual punch and gareishness that some films can produce, the colour is subtle and friendly.

great portrait.

sze4j 13 56 Singapore
1 Aug 2005 9:41AM
i also think that it is a very natural portrait and i like the subtle colors works for me! Smile
1 Aug 2005 9:43AM
absolutely outstanding... superb angelic Smile...)))

ginz04 13 281 20 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 9:47AM
i think this is a nice shot but i agree it is a bit soft looking and i also think a much tighter crop would add impact - crop of from the overhang of her skirt and come down from the top to just above her head this for me would make a better pic she would look like she is sitting on a wooden step at the moment it looks a little odd. regards ian
helendixon 14 30 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 9:58AM
It's a nice grab shot, very natural. Slightly soft and a couple of distractions...see mod, I think it works as it's less cluttered. Anyway see what you think.

katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 9:58AM
Gosh Thank you everyone - croping the picture is definitely a must, it's funny I liked the wooden leg and her dress hanging down but now I have seen and played with various cropped versions I've changed my mind. Thank you Helen and Ian for your versions.
alexya85 13 5
1 Aug 2005 10:06AM
You dont need any advise here. Brilliant shot. OK maybe some crop from top, its 2 dark and 2 much
geoffash26 13 2.5k United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 10:31AM
I'm no good at portraits yet so can't offer much
I think a slightly tighter crop would work better as has been said
Overall I think its a cracker
rletham 13 890 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 1:07PM
Uploaded a couple of mods.

owp 13 168
1 Aug 2005 2:06PM
. . . ccracking shot . . like the @digipal mod & @rletham simple version . . . I think the background could blur right out and is of little / no significance? . . . .the subject looks spot on and very natural . . . . well taken [even as a grab shot!] . . . .


No tech advise and certainly no mods from Dorset! . . .
katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 2:19PM
Thank you again for all the suggestions esp the mods they have been a great help and have certainly improved the image.
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
1 Aug 2005 6:18PM
She is a lovely girl, I did a mod and wrote down what I did, don't know if it helps our not, used to working on birds. Smile Spot on! Click!!!

katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 10:57PM
Greg - thank you thats brilliant!
I can now put all suggestions together and produce a pic for her mummy - Thank you all!
sandyb 13 34 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2005 11:34PM
well done katie I really them all.thats were e2 can help. sandyb
nigelsharman 15 30 England
2 Aug 2005 12:41AM
To be honest I think this is a delightfully natural portrait, technically I would either crop to the bottom of the bench as Helen has, or clone out the dress that hangs below.

katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 9:45AM
Thank you Nigel and Sandy.
xinia 12 54
5 Aug 2005 6:08AM
absolutely charming picture and very well composed though I do agree that some of the top could be cropped - excellent!

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