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Footie on the Beach

By WeeGeordieLass
I'd be grateful for any opinions of this image please. I like the simplicity - but would it be seen as boring?

I hope the image conveys a sense of carefree, innocent freedom.

I've applied a touch of HDR when processing - hopefully not too much!

Thanks in advance for any suggested improvements.

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Stenk 9 6 England
18 Mar 2012 10:16PM
Hi there, to me all that needs to be done is to crop off some of the sea, make it a letter box style photo. I would make it so the the water line is about a third from the top, then you have a winner on your hands because the main subject is then stronger in the picture.

Hope this helps


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Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
18 Mar 2012 10:31PM
Hi Elaine,

I like this a lot. It certainly succeeds in your quest for the portayal of freedom.

As Steve says, I suppose you could crop it although personaly, I'd leave it.

After I'd straightened it up, that is!

18 Mar 2012 10:38PM
Hi Steve,

I've just tried this crop in Elements and yes, it makes a big difference to the shot, as you advised it has focussed the attention on the child, which is what I wanted to convey.

Thanks for this advice.

I've checked out your website and your work is wonderful. It gives me encouragement to keep on trying to improve my images - it helps to look at acomplished work.


18 Mar 2012 10:47PM
Hi Bren,

I'm glad you like the shot. Thanks for taking the time to load your straightened mod. The letter box crop looks good, so I'll probably do that in the final straighten it as you have advised. Thanks a load.


RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
18 Mar 2012 10:58PM
Certainly not boring, in fact a very fine capture on the innocence and freedom the child is enjoying all on her own on the beach: I do agree with Steve's advice re. cropping......makes the composition even more dramatic and enhances the shot.
I see that you agree with his opinion.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 11:06PM
Definitely simplicity rather than boredom, Elaine!

I like the idea of cropping a bit off the top and a bit of a clockwise rotation does help. I'm not sure if the camera is really at an angle but the slight angle of the shoreline just makes it look a bit wonky. Other than that, it's a good shot of childhood, as distinct from any particular child, so it's something everyone can relate to.

Not sure what the point of the HDR was, though, as all it seems to have done is introduce haloes around the girl. Really, the purpose of HDR is to let you capture scenes where there's such a range of brightness levels that a single exposure is forced to be either under- or over-exposed or even both. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't apply it elsewhere but I think that better results are usually achieved by more appropriate tools -- which usually means the curves tool for anything that looks like a contrast or brightness adjustment.

Hi Ronnie,

Sorry I didn't get time to reply to you last night - I'd gone to bed.

Thanks for taking the time to give your opinion on the cropping. It's amazing what a little change like this can make to an image.


Hi David,

Again sorry I didn't reply sooner, but I'd gone to bed last night before I saw your message.

I'm glad you have pointed out the HDR processing on the image. I've had a rethink and feel that the original image is nice enough to just warrant a bit of tweaking i.e. cropping, straightening, contrast, brightness etc.

I've just bought some new processing software which has HDR type options and am keen to put it to good use, but I guess here, less is more!

Thanks for taking the time to comment and also pointing me in the right direction.


paulbroad 9 116 1062 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 4:05PM
This is my kind of image - simple and appealing. However, a couple of points. You need the girl slightly nearer the left bottom third. You then need a very heavy top crop, even more than the mod for me. How did you do HDR without either more than one exposure, or a RAW starting file?

But, the basis for a really superb image is there.

Hi Paul,

Yes, I'll certainly take your advice on the crop and the placing in the scene of the little girl - thanks very much for that advice.

I opened the RAW image in Elements, made some changes to the RAW file, little tweaks to exposure, sharpen brightness, contrast etc , then opened it in Topaz Adjust 5. In Adjust there are some HDR type of effects you can apply to a single image. I don't know how to use it properly yet..........I've decided not to use it on this image now.

Thanks for your very helpful comments, it's very much appreciated.


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