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By bias  
Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of "déjà vu," when you are used to existence, you become an adult. EUGENE IONESCO, Present Past / Past Present

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 8:39PM
Really appealing portrait. Great expression.

I like that you can get a sense of the environment the child is in although though strong reds in the background are a little distracting. Worth thinking about the background although good choice of aperture to control depth of field. Perhaps desaturating selectively or switching this into mono might help make a stronger shot with the focus on this little chap.

Lighting is quite flat but suits the type of portrait. If anything I'd bring the eyes up a little more.

Nonetheless a delightful portrait.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
3 Apr 2013 9:29PM
Hi Bia, welcome to the Critique Gallery.

Reading the introduction, and seeing that you used +1 exposure compensation, I am guessing you wanted a dreamy look. You have this in the pose, and the far away expression, and you can make some modification to get you closer. You can also use f/2.8 for a shallower depth of field, - but with 28mm, its still quite deep.

The eyes are a little too dark, and can benefit with some more light, - and also some sharpening. Dont know if you are aware of this, but when you re size the image for the web, save as a new file at max quality, then open the new file, check for sharpness (it usually needs some) and apply, then save, then upload.

The very colourful background, though very much a part of the childs environment, can be toned down a little, and perhaps blurred. Applying a diffuse glow filter, softens the whole image for that dream effect.

I have made these modifications in the mod I uploaded, - just scroll up this page to view large.

I also uploaded a mod to the Messy shot you uploaded earlier.

let me know if you would like more detail on how to achive this effect, - I use Photoshop.

Enjoy the site,


bias 5 Belgium
3 Apr 2013 9:33PM
guys,thank you very much for your comments and modifications. I knew I was missing something in this picture...
banehawi...i generally work with Lightroom but since a week I have purchased P. Elements. Of course I would love to learn about how to get to this effect.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 10:40AM
Nice tight family image. The background is cluttered, but it is kiddie clutter so I accept that. The lighting is contrasty and your increased exposure compensation has caused near burn out on her hand. You actually needed a little less exposure to retain full detail, then, with your new software and the dodge tool, lighten the darker shadows on the face and the eyes.

You could also go down a shutter speed as I think the very slight softness might be a bit of camera movement. 1/20 is very slow, even at 28mm.


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