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By NathalieV
Congolese girls. Each time I stumble upon this photo I can't help but take a long look at their expressions.

Tags: Portraits and people

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 10:33AM
Hi Tallulah, I think that here I would have cropped this just to retain the two right hand ladies, those with whom the picture shows interest. the left hand two do nothing for the image.

How did you arrive at a compensation factor of -0.342875?


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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 2:01PM
I agree. A nice image, but needs either all four looking at the camera, or cropping to the two on the right. Definition just a touch soft but a fun image when cropped.

7 Feb 2013 2:42PM
I cropped it and had a real 'Aha' moment. As far as the exposure compensation goes, I have no idea.

Thanks for the tips.Smile
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
7 Feb 2013 6:12PM
I really like this image. Its got personality. It can be two separate shots, but in a way it also works as a whole showing two sides of the women, the two smiling on the right, and the others, more distant, more thoughtful on the left.

It can be improved quite a bit also. It needs sharpening as mentioned, - when you re size for posting to the web you image will look soft unless you open the new image and sharpen it as needed, then save, then upload.

Its been desaturated, or toned perhaps, and it does work.

There are a lot of bright overblown areas on the face of the person second from left that can be resolved, and its a good idea to add a little catch light to here eyes also, - shes the only one of the three without.

I have uploaded 2 mods, - scroll up this page, click the modifications tab, and view large. The second one has space cropped from the right.

I have cropped into 2 shots, - but frankly (no pun Frank!) it really doesnt work as well as the whole. By the way, that exposure compensation figure is a site error.

Hope this is helpful,



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