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Mother and Son

By Bhuyan
Mother and Son

Tags: Mother Boy Baby Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
28 Jul 2020 5:22AM
What makes this interesting is the child is looking at you!

Nice overall; on my screen it looks over saturated, - too much colour, and I have reduced it in the mod.

I would suggest you crop a little space from the left side, and increase shadow detail in post processing to allow the childs face to be brighter.

Ive done this in the mod, and applied additional sharpening.

When you shoot, make sure you select a single focus point, and not the default multiple points, as you can miss focusing exactly where you want.



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Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 7:30AM
I really like the image and the way the subject is placed with the frame.
Two things first I would have had the lens wide open,this would have put the mother out of focus and the eyes would go straight to the child. Second using a 20mm lens is really hard for a portrait, as it does strange things towards the edges. On the whole most people avoid wide angle lenses for portrait, it can be done but it's vert tricky.

Just ideas to think about.

I have to add I like Willie's mod.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 8:41AM
As well as the child's face, this also has a very animated feel. It's a mix of the angle, low viewpoint and wide angle. I like that.

I wonder what processing you have done? I suspect that the camera exposed for the bright white teeshirt, making everything else dark, and that you have adjusted for that - leaving the teeshirt overexposed so that detail is lost. I may be wrong there. I also suspect that you increased saturation - or maybe you have that preset in your camera.

F/8 at wide angle gives considerable depth of field, I would prefer F/5.6, which would soften the background a bit more. We are not seeing how you 'instruct' the camera. Aperture priority? Shutter priority? Manual? Program? Auto? It would help to know. But a really attractive, satisfying shot - well done.
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 9:50AM
You have used quite a wide focal length, as said above, but have you also cropped in, which means a longer zoom could have been used.
Or where you constrained by distance?

In a mod I've removed the pole to the right - I did initially remove the cup also but that left what seem a large uninteresting void.
I've also reduced the tones a little, sofened the focus overall and, to reduce impact of the background, added a slight vignette to focus the eye on the centre. This last step to try and address the comments above on the high f stop and DoF.

Finally a boarded - simply because I like them Smile

Hope you like the results.


chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
28 Jul 2020 10:20AM
It would be nice to have a bit more input from you, for instance what, if any, post processing have you applied here, I see a little vignetting around the edges of the frame but that could easily be the effect of the lens you have used.

It's nice to see the child looking right at you and this is a very natural slice of life.
I agree that the lens could have had a better effect wide open, focusing on the face of the child.

I did a mod for you...
Attempted to reduce the highlights with the Adobe Camera Raw filter.
Cloned out the post on the right as it looks as though it is coming out of the back of the child.
Applied some lens blur to show you how this may have looked with a different aperture, thus blurring out most of the bg and putting the focus on the child, that helped with the blown highlights on the tee shirt too.

He/she doesn't look very happy and probably a bit worried about you taking the image.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 4:33PM
This is a very busy scene, but that is to be expected with all of the laundry on the line, and it's a well captured slice of life. The child's face is the first thing a viewer notices, particularly because the child is looking directly at your camera, unlike the mother.

So critiquers have tried to make the background a bit less intrusive, in different ways. What do you think of their modifications?

You have been asked to give a little input. You gave none on the previous entry into the Critique Gallery, although you received several comments.

The critique guidelines ask that you kindly respond to questions from critiquers.
Here, in the comments section under your picture, you can easily let us know if the critique you received was helpful, so we can tailor advice according to your needs and abilities.
Also feel free to ask questions.

A few words from you can make all the difference to the critiquer, who will otherwise never know how their critique was received. Our only reward is in knowing that we have helped someone.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
28 Jul 2020 7:50PM
I'd say this is good use of a wideangle lens, to give a sort of child's eye view.

I really want to see an unprocessed version: the version you posted looks quite heavily edited.

And, as others have said, I would like to hear more from you.

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