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Free is a bird and still has her shadow to dance with

By candywest
Dancing along beside the sea with her loyal shadow not too far away

Tags: Portraits Seaside Child photography Beach photography Portraits and people Canvey island Family phootographer Jumping photograph

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 8:29AM
My tilt the head test fails me here. I would normally condemn the tilt, but she is so happy and vibrant that I do not find myself tilting my head, so, it works. A fine spontaneous shot of high quality.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 9:52AM
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Happiness preserved digitally. As Paul says this has a real sense of spontaneous fun. The tilt is a bit of a photographic cliché but it works here, it conveys quirkiness, character. There are diagonals pulling against each other - the child against the background, and that creates a really dynamic, energetic feel.
The two important details that add so much - she's grinning directly at us, involving us in the play. And both feet are in the air, which means the shadow isn't connected to her, it's broken free and has a life of its own.
Very well done, I wish I had taken this.
Possible improvements...
I'm wondering how this would look with a bit more space at the top, less at the bottom. I think I'd crop a strip off below where that diagonal hits the left side of the frame, it would add punch to the composition. She needs plenty of ground to leap from, but after a certain point out of focus foreground reduces the impact.
There are a couple of dirty blobs in the sky on the right of the frame, and one on the left. Always check blue skies!!
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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 10:45AM
Just one further thought - you've used your lens at its longest, for an action picture like this where composition can be a bit hit-and-miss it's worth going a bit wider and cropping afterwards.
Andrew_Hurley 15 71 73 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 1:44PM
I was going to add a mod to crop off some of the bottom off the picture, which Moira has done. I would also tone down the highlights in the background and the left of the image.

A great image all the same.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 4:13PM
A captivating image, beautifully timed with the girl in mid air, and the disconnected shadow as a big bonus. It's fun and holds a lot of appeal. Can't fault it.
candywest 14 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 7:35PM
thank you everyone for your comments i really appreciate it
i also agree with paul i dont usually like the tilt either really irritates me but for me it also works
all the best
francesca Smile
Jestertheclown 12 8.5k 253 England
5 Aug 2013 8:22PM
I'd leave this just as it is.


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