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Davinci of Tomorrow

By niranjan900
I took this shot when I noticed the child seriously trying to bring out its creativity.

Tags: Photo journalism People portraits

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 9:08AM
Hi, welcome to the Critique Gallery - you've been on the site for a while but I think this is the first time you have ticked the critique box? I hope that it was intentional, and that you will find it useful. It has the effect of disabling awards and votes (and I think this would do well for votes), but invites more in-depth comment.

This is delightful, and it's right up my street. People who are interested in what they are doing usually make for involving images. We can imagine joining in their activities...

You have a very fine camera, you are using it thoughtfully. My only quibble with settings here would be that 1/30 second is perilously slow, both for capturing a living, breathing, blinking subject, and for steady hand-holding. (I am assuming that this was hand-held, because of the situation?) I would prefer at least 1/125, preferably 1/160 second, for safety; which would mean increasing the ISO - which the D610 can cope with. You got away pretty well with the slow speed, fortune favours the brave...

I am interested to see that you work in colour correction, because this to me seems to have a yellow cast. I have uploaded a modification, worked with the Photoshop Camera raw filter. I cooled colour, and also increased exposure by 1/3 stop and reduced contrast a bit. Just minor tweaks.
Moira

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 9:14AM
The content is very good indeed. You are a touch under exposed and ar using manual. How did you arrive at the settings? The under exposure, in this light, has probably caused the yellow cast which will reduce significantly f you brighten things up a bit.

I, too, would probably have been at ISO800 in this lighting but I suggest you use shutter or aperture priority and adjust with exposure compensation. much easier these days. save manual for specialist preset situations.

Paul
dudler Plus
16 895 1504 England
6 Aug 2019 9:16AM
And welcome from me, too.

I'll echo Moira's thought about colour - this doesn't look quite right to me. I wonder if part of the reason is mixed lighting - a bit of daylight, some fluorescent light: that's often a combination in schools and other semi-public places, and it's difficult to deal with.

The original also seems a touch underexposed - this may be the result of shooting in manual, which is challenging if the lighting isn't very steady.

It would be interesting to read your own thoughts on exposure and colour.

And a beautifully-observed image, a gem that parents and relatives will love.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 9:22AM

Quote:I wonder if part of the reason is mixed lighting - a bit of daylight, some fluorescent light: that's often a combination in schools and other semi-public places, and it's difficult to deal with.

That's a good point from John. I work quite often in a hall that suffers badly from this, and it's a nightmare! Easiest to cope with by going in close as here. I also use flash bounced off the ceiling, which avoids interrupting people's concentration but does counter the rather sulphuric tone of the electric lighting there!
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
6 Aug 2019 12:43PM
This is a very nicely timed image. Shes really is absorbed in the art!

Youve done a LOT of work on the original, - it would be great to see the original if you still have it, - upload it right here as a modification.

You have some strong dark lines around her shoulder and hand, and you selected a white balance that appeals to you, but seems odd to me. Differences in colour monitors of course also affect what we see, and for the most part, we are using colour managed graphics monitors.

Though mixed light plays a role, ( I assume her hair is actually black) what also has an effect here is the coloured paint containers reflecting light into her face, - and they likely have a significant effect. This can be left as is, but its also worthwhile trying to minimise the impact.


In my mod Ive removed some of the remnants of processing that I see ( those dark lines) and Ive spent some time trying to adjust colours. For basic white balance reference Ive used the white pearls, and for finer work, Ive used the back of her hand as a reference for her face to reduce the effect of reflected paint colours. Her hair is also black.

Its cropped a little from the left also.

A delightful image overall.



Regards


Willie

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