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lovely mono portrait
really excellent photo - spent a good couple of minutes looking as i was so drawn in.
the only thing i could see after all that time was the thing (shoulder?) in the bottom left, but it may be more work than it's worth to remove.
really cracking image.
First of all, please add a description about your image if you want to receive accurate critique. How are we supposed to know what you were trying to capture, whether you managed to capture it and why you took the shot? Secondly, the critique gallery is not the place for signatures on images and to my way of thinking, they should be in the border not on the image, at least yours is less intrusive than most.
As far as the image goes, I like it a lot. There is definately a great image to be taken here but I think maybe you are either just a little too early or just too late. The background isn't brilliant being really white with the black bit behind the young boy but sometimes that is what you get and there's not a lot you can do about it. However, when this is the case you should ensure that the main subjects are exposed correctly. There is some overexposure on the right hand persons shoulder and clothing probably due to harsh midday light judging by the shadows on their faces. Use spot metering and exposure lock on the bright parts to ensure that you don't get any overexposed areas.
With no description I have no idea if this is a snapped shot or a setup but the former seems more likely to me. The composition would have worked better for me had the boy been to the right of the lady and her hand was not covering her mouth as much. Sometimes it is just a case of waiting for the scene to unfold or even asking them if you can take the shot and set them up, most people don't mind as long as you ask first. Then you could have done something with that background as well.
Sorry if I appear to have been a bit harsh but that is the nature of critique and that's how we learn from it.
Dave has said exactly what I would. Te image is great, but your exposure, or mono conversion, has lost detail.
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