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By anpix  
One of the children i met on holiday in the Dominican Republic we were building houses for the people who live in shacks.

Hope you like it more to come later


Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
11 Aug 2009 7:25PM
What a wonderful way to spend a 'holiday' - good for you! I like this image, he has a gorgeous shy little smile that you've caught beautifully. I also like the way you've managed to include his surroundings.

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iancam 9 23 England
11 Aug 2009 7:30PM
I have been there it's a great place. But a lot of poverty. Super shot.
Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
11 Aug 2009 8:11PM
These two images make you think how lucky we are, yet the little chappy looks quite happy in his surroundings, well captured V1 for me...good work.
9 10 10 England
11 Aug 2009 8:39PM
Lovely shot of the little boy and V2 is a sharp reminder of how lucky we are. Great work.
sneal 10 5 7 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 9:39PM
These are great shots Andy. v1 for me, the boy's expression tells a lot and his surroundings even more! Well done.
27 Mar 2010 4:35PM
A bit late for comment but, I know how this might have worked better...

Firstly crop tighter on the edges loose most of the dark side the house on the left and that almost all of shadowed side of the house on the right...

Now to the meat... Lighting, I'll use darkroom technique to explain rather than PS reverse the hightlight hmmm what the hell does that meanSmile Make the subject (the kid) the lightest part of the shot, he is the primary subject, dodge him, just a little more on his face then burn down the surrounding background... Not to much or it will look messed with but just right amount will focus the viewers attention on your main subject and make the rest what it should be, background added detail...

Eyes are funny things they want to know what they see quickly so they are drawn to the lightest areas of a shot first and then if still interested will go into the shadows for more information...

Hope it helps

11 Oct 2010 8:52PM
missing the peace,thought and passion of the subject

I think what is letting this pic down more than the crop is the lighting. In my opinion it is very flat & low contrast.

You could try two ideas the first would be a high contrast B&W Using the red channel manly with Green very little blue.

This should bring you more detail in the clothing & also the background stones. You could then run a bit of sharpening on a layer & paint back so only the child had the effect.

This I think would make the image more edgy and photojournalistic & works well on this type of image.

My second idea would be to go the other way. But I think would only work if you a good RAW file.

Make the shot into an edgy HDR with a stronger level on the child than the background & darken down the background. I've done & seen this on lots on pics like this from Cuba & if you have the HDR skills to not over do it they can really stand out.Grin
Fogey 5 96 13 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 10:32AM
This is a cracking shot that has so much potential. There are two considerations here: The point of capture and post processing.

Point of capture: You were always going to be on the back foot in this situation. The harsh midday sun, giving such a hard light was always going to throw the subjects face into shadow. Either expose for the light background and get the subject in shadow or expose for the subject, (in shadow), and blow out the background. There is an alternative and that is to have used the flash.

I know it sounds a bit daft to use a flash in bright sunlight, but this is a prime example of a good use of flash in daylight. Expose the subject well and empathetically preserve the detail of the poverty in which this child lives.

The photograph would, I feel, be better served had it been taken from a lower viewpoint; something that is very underrated and so often overlooked. What we see here is a shy smile from a lovely child looking up. Had we viewed that shy smile from a lovely child looking down, then the empathy you have sought to achieve would have been emphasised in spades.

All is not lost however. Post processing:

Add a layer to the photograph and using levels, lighten until you can see detail in the subjects face. Make a mask and paint out the background out leaving the tone of the original image showing.

I used Vivesa to enhance the shirt and face of the subject. If you haven't got Vivesa, carefully select the shirt and face of the subject, feather that selection and tweak the brightness, contrast and vibrance, just to bring out a warm glow to make the subject stand out from the drab colours of the background.

I have had a play with this image to show you what I mean.
tommypics 7 3 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2015 9:16PM
Yeah, I was gonna say, be better with more exposure on the boy. Cracking pic though.

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