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By Tracey_McGovern

Haven't posted anything for a while, thought it was about time I did.
This was taken on a trip to Africa.
Taken with Canon 400D, 55-250mm IS, the focal length was 55mm, F4, 1/50, ISO 400.
Please let me have any critique or feedback, the voting has been disabled.
Thank you

Tags: Mono Travel People Black and white Potrait Portraits and people

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paulashby 9 10 1 United Kingdom
26 May 2013 10:36AM
Splendid portrait, great angle and dof.

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collywobles 14 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
26 May 2013 4:07PM
Beautiful portrait, but then again children make the most wonderful subjects. You have listed this as a modification, but I see no reason to modify it. Just looked at your PF and you have some wonderful portraits there.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
26 May 2013 4:55PM
Its been a while Tracey, youve forgotten that selecting Critique disables voting!

Gorgeous shot, very sympathetic to the subject. Square crop work great. It like good as it is. A personal preference would be for it to have a slightly higher contrast, so it look less flat, and Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.

Well done,


kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
26 May 2013 8:12PM
how for could a thought fall into those eyes , deep ,wonderful shot
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
27 May 2013 9:13AM
Very nice indeed with first rate composition. Just needs to be a touch darker. Willie suggests more contrast and that would increase impact, but watch that highlight on the nose then!

27 May 2013 10:54AM
Thanks Guys for your comments and feedback, it's much appreciated as its the best way to learn and improve.

Thanks Willie, yes it's been a while hasn't it, I've promised myself to get more involved again, plus I need your valuable feedback. I agree with you and Paul about increasing the contract slightly.

Best Wishes Wink

27 May 2013 10:58AM
The eyes have it, as always in portraits. Contrast looks fine on my monitor, but I do find the background defocusing a little distracting. Have you softened it in Photoshop? If so, maybe a little too much, if not then perhaps darkening it more would help.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
27 May 2013 1:33PM
The focus on the eyes is perfect, they convey a clear, calm view of the world and maturity beyond his years. As it stands the rest of the face is a little bit flat - I agree that a little more contrast helps, gives a more rounded feel. I would also like to lighten the background a little bit.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
27 May 2013 1:42PM
Mod uploaded. I darkened highlights by 5% then made a Levels adjustment to bring a bit more contrast into the face, to give a more rounded effect. Then I used the Burn tool (shadows, 2% exposure, large brush) over the face, to define detail. Then I isolated the background, lightened it and added more contrast there. I think that gives a more luminous effect.
28 May 2013 9:45PM
Thank you for your comments and thank you also mrswoolybill for your modification, much appreciated.


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