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By paulbroad  
Some may consider this intrusion. The girl was upset and mum was comforting - I think. About half the frame with some burning and dodging and a smart sharpen.



Tags: Woman Mum Girl Comfort Portraits and people Intrusion

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cats_123 Plus
16 4.9k 30 Northern Ireland
5 Sep 2017 9:37AM
Lovely, sensitive photography 😁

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2164 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 11:29AM
It's a gentle, loving image. I am wary of photographing anyone who is clearly emotionally vulnerable, but crucially the daughter's face is almost hidden - she 's the vulnerable one.

I've uploaded a tighter crop. Your crop places an awful lot of hair / back of head on the dominant left side, and has that black triangle bottom right. But I do like the balance of that shoulder on the left. I think maybe cropping tighter gives a better sense of the emotion.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
5 Sep 2017 1:25PM
Not at all, a human moment capturing human emotions.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 3:18PM
I toyed with a tighter crop and, on reflection, you are right, Moira - it draws attention better to the faces. My old adage - fil the frame!

TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 4:45PM
Intrusion? Nope. Intense, private emotion, yes ... and all the more effective because of that. There's always the ethical question of whether capturing someone else's weak moments like this is okay or not, but then again if we never saw emotive things like this, we'd not be able to empathise. And, empathy being a very human emotion, we actually need that sometimes.

I've done a mod where I've cropped quite tightly, putting the right hand woman's eye on a third. I've also added a series of LUT adjustment layers at various strengths of opacity, and then toned the whole thing via Nik's SilverEfex Pro 2 (think I used the Antique Plate preset).

Good one!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 5:31PM
I have a problem with this, not because of it being intrusive, but because of the first impression I had when I saw it in the gallery, without its title "Comfort" and your description.

Maybe I've been seeing too many "Adult" pictures on this site and have been overly influenced by them, but I saw two lesbians about to kiss.
Of course, not seeing the girl's face doesn't help. Perhaps seeing how young she is would be better. I don't know.
I apologise for this, Paul, but wonder if anyone else saw the same.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
5 Sep 2017 6:36PM
I wasn't sure, Pamela: it is definitely open to misinterpretation, so some explanation helps.

I like Tanya's mod best - but the less-cropped image has interesting qualities based solely on the hair.

Intrusive? I don't think so, for the reason Moira states: but definitely a Marmite image.
5 Sep 2017 6:55PM
I sense strong empathy here...very lovely, sensitive photo.
Robert51 11 7 95 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 8:16PM
Nice shot Paul, I'm sorry to say life is not always a happy one and your shot captures a real tender moment. Real story telling...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.4k 630 England
5 Sep 2017 8:18PM
Not ntrusion for me either. One aspect of photography is about capturing emotions and as emotions aren't always happy why should we ignore those. You could be intrusive barging in on someone's happy moment, come to that.
Misconstrued meaning as mentioned, yes it could be interpreted that way too. Having read the title it put my train of thought towards that intended. A different ttile may well have had a different effect on perception.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2017 8:03AM
I never thought of that, Pamela, but can see it now. I suppose I was there and know what was happening so the thought didn't kick in.

Good job as I'm a bit old fashioned on such things!

Not too keen on the mono though, but that's the personal thing. I rarely now use mono due to the uses for my images - libraries don't want mono - they can convert themselves if needed - and I generally prefer colour for family stuff. Too many years having to print mono.

It does need the crop.


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