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Face of an Angel

By Bhuyan
Face of an Angel
This photo was taken in my home town, near my home I was looking for birds,suddenly I show 4 years child playing, and he want to play with me.He was looking through broken wall,that very moment I show him
I feel that an Angel watching me, and immediately I took my Camera to capture the moment. It was really a beautiful moment I ever had. Thank you![/i]

Tags: Boy Portraits and people

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viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 11:15AM
I like the spontaneity of the image and the expression on the child's face. In my modification I have tried to darken the background highlights so that they compete less with the highlight of the child's eye which should be the main focal point.


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Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 12:08PM
Excellent image and I think Phil is spot on with his advice.

The last thing I always do with an image is to give it that last look over. Just to check that nothing is drawing the eye away from the subject like brighter lights, sports or or things that draw the eye out of the frame. These are only the smallest of things that make so much difference to an image.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 12:23PM
Hello Abhijit, welcome to ePHOTOzine, I see that you have just joined us. I hope that you will enjoy it here it's a very friendly site. You ticked the critique box when you uploaded, I hope that was intentional. It has the effect of disabling votes and awards, but invites more in-depth commenting. It also enables members to download the image and modify it - click on the blue Modifications button below the image, the modifications appear under the numbers there.

Thanks for telling us about the circumstances, and what you see. A very mischievous angel, but totally enchanting. Well taken, with sensible settings. I think the point of focus is just a bit in front of the eye, on the broken wood, but I honestly wouldn't worry about that, the result is a delightful image.

Black and white works, it gets rid of distractions that might occur in colour, the child's shirt for example. But as Phil points out above, the bright light background right is a distraction, and for me so is the very bright arm. It would work if the hand appeared in the frame, I think. Without the hand, the arm is unnecessary. I have uploaded two modifications which are simply crops, no other change. I think they retain enough of the wood as a frame, but concentrate attention on the face.

See what you think. It helps here if you join in the conversation, let us know what you think.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
26 Jul 2020 1:14PM
A warm welcome from me too.

This is quite lovely with the child peeping through the gap, just low enough to separate the eye from the broken wood.

My first thought was that the arm across the frame isn't really needed, the interest here is totally on the child face and eye.
My crop would be as Moiras first modification, a much more cheeky view of the child.

A well spotted image.
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 2:08PM
Hello Abhijit,

Welcome to ePz and a very nice first upload.
All I would do is echo Moiras' comments and crops, particular the 1st one.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
26 Jul 2020 2:33PM

It is really a nice shot, and you have good feedback.

I added mod4. I would leave the arm, it his, and I think helps explain that he is crouching looking through the fence.

A little sharpening was also applied, and cropped a little tighter,

It was shot 5 years ago, - interesting to see if you could take a shot of the same person today...


pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 7:11PM
Hello, Abhijit, and a warm welcome from me, too.

I was was immediately drawn to this image because the boy's eyes draw the viewer in, to join him behind the broken fence. His smile is also engaging. You did well to capture that expression. And who knows where an angel can be found? There may indeed have been one distracting you from the birds and calling you to play.

You have decided to present this in black and white, and it looks fine this way, without the distraction of colour, so the eye takes in the face and little else. I like the catchlights in the eye, too. Another thing that I find interesting is the broken part of the fence that falls directly above the boy's eye, which immediately draws the attention to that eye.

The fence is a large part of your story here, but I don't think you need so much on the right side. It simply needs to act as a frame for the boy.

There have been some interesting modifications for you to ponder upon, and I will add two more. The first one is simply a crop that removes the fence on the right. The second one has the fence straightened, which isn't necessary, but I felt it was more frame-like. I kept the arm in both mods.

I look forward to seeing more of your work.

DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 8:04PM
Having read Willies comments I wonder if this image would suit a softer focus.
In the mod I've cropped as Moiras but introduced a softening rather than sharpening.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
26 Jul 2020 8:30PM
And welcome form me, too, Abhijit.

I can't add much at this stage, as there's a lot of good advice above.

One word about camerawork, though: if you are intending to do a lot of portraiture, and can afford a second lens, it could be worth buying a fixed focal length lens of 50, 70, 85 or 105mm. This will give you a wider maximum aperture for light-gathering and differential focus, and potentially far higher quality, too.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
27 Jul 2020 11:41AM
Welcome from me too.
I can't add to the advice already given, and it would be nice to hear your thoughts on what we've said.
clicknimagine Plus
10 659 101 India
29 Jul 2020 5:49PM
 I was looking for birds,suddenly I show 4 years child playing, and he want to play with me.He was looking through broken wall,that very moment I show him 
I feel that an Angel watching me, and immediately I took my Camera to capture the moment. It was really a beautiful moment I ever had. Thank you![/i]

Very nice to hear that you have found interest in human life where art of seeing element matters rather than big budget lenses...i am trying to incorporate the points which are really good here, and if you know it, i believe you can do better...

1. You have framed the boy's expression beautifully...

2. You have converted the image to B/W very nicely...

3. You have given emphasis on the light, expression and composition only and keep the image simple, as simplicity is a basic element of better photography...

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