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Island Fling

By mnicn
Being new to DSLR, my intention was to try and master the camera settings(other than automatic!) Hopeful of catching a lovely sunset, it was my childrens impromptu antics that took over! I had to go with the moment and resorted to 'Sports' setting and continuous bracketing and managed to capture my 15yr old daughter who is a Highland Dancer. I would like to make this into a canvas but would welcome criticism/advice before I do so.

Tags: Portraits and people Silhouette sunset beach dance

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Carabosse Plus
13 40.2k 269 England
30 Jun 2010 1:05AM
This is a decent enough impromptu photo of your child, and you have to work with whatever you have, in a sense. It is a moment I'm sure you will treasure for all sorts of reasons - not necessarily photographic!

However, the problem with the image as it stands is that your daughter is 'bisected' so to speak by the darker area of sea and rock. As you were shooting against the light it may have been better to shoot from a lower position so as to get more of the subject as a silhouette against the bright sky.

I the mod I've uploaded for you I have attempted to mitigate this issue with use of the PS shadows/highlights tool to differentiate the subject from the darker part of the background and also the rein in the highlights to increase richness of tone.

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2010 8:24AM
The idea is excellent, but the rocks cut your daughters silhouette and rather spoil things. This is one of those where you needed sun, sea and sand + daughter and nothing else.

You could then have given at least 2 stops less exposure to reduce the glare and burnt out highlights. I would also come in closer, cutting out much of the sky. but leaving the reflection on the sand.

sophis 10 136 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2010 11:11AM
I like this image, but as already said the rocks in the background stop your daughter standing out of the image, I have had a go at a mod using photoshop cs3 in which I cloned out most of the rocks from the sea and created a new layer using soft light at 50% opacity and carefully added a slight bit of colour to the sea.

sophis 10 136 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2010 11:18AM
I've just uploaded a second mod as looking at it again after I uploaded, I realised the blue colour I chose for the sea in first mod was a bit dominating in the image, in the second mod I did exactly the same but chose a colour from the foreground so it blends in more with the rest of the image.

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