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father and son

By cjentlie  
This was just a moment that I caught so it wasn't posed. It was just natural light from a north window and is a little grainy because the camera was set at ISO 1600. I would like to get your suggestion and feeling as to the cropping. Should I crop tighter? I tried a few and liked this the best. Please leave your feedback. Chuck

Tags: Boy Man Baby Dad Father Kiss Black and white Moment Landscape and travel Portraits and people Night and low light

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23 May 2010 5:47PM
Nice Shot

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VIKI 9 18 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 5:54PM
Superb!
wamp 9 276 8 England
23 May 2010 8:27PM
The crop seems to work well, I'd be tempted to clone out those two lighter patches above his head as they are a little distracting Smile

squarescape
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
23 May 2010 9:41PM
i agree with Sean
The chid nestles neatly inside the legs but the fathers head looks awkward and the space above the head adds nothing to the composition. in many ways the comp would have been improved in horizontal format wth the full extent of the fathers knees included.

the fathers head would have looked better with eye contact with the child rather than the viewer looking down upon it. this may have required a higher position of the child. i just feel the best or most comfortable pose has been discovered here.

as presented, i applaud the choice to use mono and would suggest a much tighter crop to square which would concentrate the focus on the child.

best regards
Phil
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3349 Canada
24 May 2010 12:54AM
Lovely shot. I agree re the light spots, but I would keep the space, and crop in tighter from the bottom, as in the mod. I sharpened it quite a lot also, - and added a little contrast, while reducing the brightness on the baby.

Hope it gives you another perspective to consider.


Regards


Willie
f8 12 9.2k 22 England
24 May 2010 1:04AM
A great paternal embrace Chuck,
Banehawi's mod is a better crop, but I think it could be cropped even tighter.
cjentlie 8 1 2 United States
24 May 2010 6:45AM

Quote:I agree with Sean
The chid nestles neatly inside the legs but the fathers head looks awkward and the space above the head adds nothing to the composition. in many ways the comp would have been improved in horizontal format wth the full extent of the fathers knees included.

the fathers head would have looked better with eye contact with the child rather than the viewer looking down upon it. this may have required a higher position of the child. i just feel the best or most comfortable pose has been discovered here.

as presented, i applaud the choice to use mono and would suggest a much tighter crop to square which would concentrate the focus on the child.

best regards
Phil



Thanks for all of your suggestions and comments. I blurred out a greater distraction on the top however I guess didn't feel I could black it out completely as it didn't feel honest to the natural shot but you are right, its my shot, why not. I think that is why I was wanting to crop it more but I also now see that the horizontal format, cutting off his legs was subconsciously bothering me as well. I am going to post an additional version that I did just after I posted this one (as soon as the timer will let me). I couldn't change the format but I added a duotone tint and tighter crop.

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