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Dad's Old T-Shirt

By Tracey_McGovern
As always, I'm looking for critique and modifications to help me improve my photography. I'm also looking for a good title for this image. I entered it at a camera club competition and the judge scored it down because of the title - can anyone come up with anything better, I struggled.

The photograph of this litte boy was taken in a small village in Uganda, all he had on was this huge T-shirt which had obviously been handed down from an adult.

Canon 400D, 55-250mm IS lense, taken at f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 800.

Thank you for looking.


Tags: Mono Portrait Africa Boy Uganda Portraits and people

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2 Mar 2012 10:24PM
The eyes are alive, the expression wonderful and the tonal quality just right. I like the way the sleeves have been included, they complete the simple but elegant composition. This is one of your best and it would be difficult to improve without spoiling the genuine feeling it evokes. Smile

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2 Mar 2012 11:04PM

Quote:The eyes are alive

Yes, the eyes are the first thing that registered with me.

This is a very powerful image Tracey, I just want to pick up that child and give him a hug!

Titles that come to mind are:

The Windows to the Soul
The Eyes of Innocence

AndyD999 6 43 6 England
3 Mar 2012 8:44AM
Love the picture!! Its really powerful and looks like it should be in national geographic. This really stands out. And if someone has marked it down because of the title i find that absolutely pathetic. Surly you get judge on your photo and not a title!! I would possibly suggest that you could have shot the picture with a lower ISO given that the shutter speed was 1/500 which would have allowed for a better quality picture. Remember that if you want to have noise in the picture you can always add it easily in photoshop afterwords!
Philo 8 99 83 England
3 Mar 2012 2:52PM
What a lovely, yet moving, portrait. I can't help with the title, mine are rubbish, but I can't see why it should be marked down for it. The only things I could think of by way of potential improvement was to add a touch more light and contrast; I have therefore offered a mod with that in mind.
3 Mar 2012 4:56PM
Hi All
Thank you for your feedback and kind words.
Thank you to Elaine for the suggested titles, I like "The Eyes of Innocence" the best.
Thank you to Phil for taking the time to do a modification.
All is very much appreciated.
Best Wishes
Tracey x
jacksloan 8 12 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2012 6:44PM
Beautiful shot! I really like the simplicity created with the shallow depth of field and the mono conversion. It made me focus my attention on the facial expression.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2012 11:42AM

After my comments on your gorilla, I'm surprised to see that this was shot at ISO-800, too, as there's no obvious noise. Definitely no need for that here, as dropping to ISO-400 would still give you a shutter speed of 1/250s, which is more than adequate at ~100mm on an image-stabilized lens. It's also about half a stop under-exposed (look where the histogram stops) but that doesn't make a huge difference; you could lighten his eyes, though, which would make them even stronger.

Why does it need a title?

9 Mar 2012 8:08PM
Hi Dave

Thank you for taking the time to look at this image and comment, of which I take on board regarding the eyes. As for a title, I entered this into my camera club's competition and also trying it out in a couple of salons, a title is required to enter. I've now changed the title for future competitions to The Eyes of Innocence which was suggested by Elaine.

Best Wishes
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2012 1:08AM
Good luck with the competitions -- the shot deserves to do extremely well!

I think I'd go for something very neutral like "Boy, Uganda" as a title, if forced to supply one. I'd rather see the photo judged on its considerable merits, rather than run the risk of a judge disagreeing with the title, rather than the photograph. But I've never been anywhere near a competition in my life.


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