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Protective Boy

By david1810
Recently had the opportunity to do my first maternity shoot. Half way through her little boy climbed off the bed and went to protect mum from the nasty photographer. Was a lucky moment and would never have thought of the pose.

All natural light coming through an east facing window. Would love any critiques/comments that will help me improve. Using Lightroom 4 for pp.



Tags: Boy Black and white Little boy Emotional Portraits and people Maternity photos

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18 Mar 2016 8:32AM
I love this, I wanted to give it an award but see that you have it up for critique.
david1810 9 1 Australia
18 Mar 2016 8:57AM
thanks answeronapstcard , I looked at your folio, as a result, your comment carries considerable weight. Love your diversity and skill.

TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2016 11:45AM
Well, I'm another one who opened this one thinking "Oh wow, I've got to ... oh damn, I can't ... " Sad

I personally think that this is superb! I love everything about it and that little chap's expression is just so perfect - you couldn't have asked for or predicted this, but that's the reason the image works so well.

Even though this works as it is, I've done a quick mod for you as a suggestion. Not so much on the taking side, but the post processing side of things. Firstly, I took a sliver off the top edge and a little off the right as well, as I wanted to lose some of that empty space there. In a way, for me, it makes that feeling of protectiveness more apparent.

The other thing I did was a Levels adjustment, where I've just adjusted the midtones to darken the image down a touch. It didn't need it, and those eyes would shine out of any gloom! But by darkening down the midtones it feels different somehow; more private, perhaps.

Lastly, I just applied some toning - a soft sepia to the highlights. Again, it's not something the image needs in the slightest, but I liked the way it added a warmth to the material covering the bump.

But I'll be honest and say that I'm so envious of this one, you wouldn't believe! Grin In the main gallery, I'd have given this image my UA without hesitation.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4308 Canada
18 Mar 2016 12:01PM
Its a nice pose, and better because its unplanned and candid.

I like the boys expression a lot.

I would be inclined to decrease exposure on the left side; theres quite a differential between both sides, so lowering exposure on the left would address this for me.

Theres a horizontal in Mums garment I would try to remove by cloning, its better if it visually drapes and flows vertically. Theres a slight intrusion top left side of Mum that can be cloned out also.

Ive uploaded 2 mods with these comments included, mod2 having a slightly diffused glow on the boy, done in photoshop.

Good work, Im sure Mum loves this one.


dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
18 Mar 2016 4:44PM
Everything about this is perfect.

The hands matter: both mother and son have put them in precisely the best place.

I don't feel a need to darken, to be honest: light and airy, even if it is making skin tones slightly unnatural (and I don't know htat iti is).

Please, make prints. Make backup copies. Put a copy in cloud storage. Do everythign you possibly can to preserve this.

And - slightly unkindly, maybe - make sure that when htis young man gets married, there are prints of this all over the room.

Like others, if this had awards enabled, it would have mine. And, indeed, you will if you repost it in the main gallery!
Philip_H 10 1.5k United Kingdom
18 Mar 2016 6:07PM
A lovely moment captured.

david1810 9 1 Australia
18 Mar 2016 11:09PM
wow did not expect so much positive feedback. I loved it when I saw it, nice to know others like it as well.

Dudler - did not realize you can resubmit to main gallery.

Thank you all for your time and quality feedback.


dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
19 Mar 2016 5:52PM
David -

indeed you can - just post the picture anew on a different day. There's no mechanism that prevents the same image going up twice, as I have found to my annoyance, by duplicating myself. and posting the same picture twice, months apart. And repeating...
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
19 Mar 2016 9:33PM
A cracking capture, amazing how many times the impromptu shots are among the best.
Really like Tanya's toning mod.
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2016 12:16PM
I would also urge you to resubmit this one, because I really want to give it a UA!! Smile
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
21 Mar 2016 1:28PM
david1810 9 1 Australia
21 Mar 2016 11:50PM
ok guys thanks again for your support... You win
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1932 England
23 Mar 2016 11:44AM
I think you do, too...

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