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Mother and child

By HalfBeard
Candid shot of a mother comforting her child.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
29 Nov 2008 1:06PM
Welcome to EPZ Matin.

Its a nice candid moment youve caught here. The good thing about candid is you can get an unguarded natural moment like this, and sometimes the negative is that you get one quick chance for the shot.

It appears a little too dark to me, - Im sure the lighting conditions werent great either, and theres a section of table at the bottom taht would be better removed.

Ive loaded a brighter mod using a levels adjustment, cropped some off the bottom and top, and Ive softened some areas that looked a little harsh or oversharpened, especially the mothers hair.

I hoe you find this helpful,


Boyoclark 13 16 1 Wales
29 Nov 2008 6:45PM
Hi Mart,

Cracking first shot, you've caught the mood perfectly; loving mother and child, simple composition, blurred background which doesn't distract away from the main focus of the photo. Willie has done a great job on the faces, and this works really well. I'd have preferred to leave some more contrast in the mod, perhaps in the clothing, which I think looked better in the original and could have just been lightened just slightly for the mod. Either way the mono version is a perfect way to show candid portraits off to the full.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 8:41PM
Hello, Matyn. I can't help loving this image, such a beautiful moment captured, the child with her eyes closed as the mother kisses her, beautiful. Did a quick mod with the background cleaned up.
30 Nov 2008 10:52AM
All thanks for the comments which I really appreciate. New to photography really so any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time out......and like the mods too.
Boyoclark 13 16 1 Wales
30 Nov 2008 7:00PM
Hi Mart. Lightened the faces a tad but left clothing for contrast and mood. A minor tweak to the background at the top of the photo and cropped to lose the foreground. Hope you like it. Bryan

P.S. I think there is some over sharpening in the photo as suggested by Willie

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