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Static pose

By sophis
Another of my son, he was lying down on the trampoline playing with his cars, and I wanted to try to get a pose where just his face was in focus, this is what I managed.

f4, 1/250, ISO 100, 119mm

Edit: I have just uploaded a version 2 to try and fix a couple of over exposed areas I noticed after uploading and altered the colour balance

Tags: Portraits and people

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RoxyMoo 6 17 England
5 Jul 2010 12:21PM
Hehe...So cute! Reminds me of my son when he comes down his slide....But gives me a static shock!
Great capture

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Cormy 9 3 England
5 Jul 2010 1:53PM
Love that hairdo and the piercing stare.
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2010 2:45PM
It looks like you have been plugging your son into the mains, Debbie!

I would go for a combination of V1 and V2. I prefer V1 generally but agree that there are a couple of overexposed areas eg on his legs which you have corrected in V2. You could always combine the two versions using layer masks.

It's a great pose, like the bus too. Well done.

Best wishes

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2010 5:21PM
Whilst you are on the right lines with v2, your burning in does leak onto the surrounding areas a bit. Otherwise a well seen and composed image of some merit.

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
5 Jul 2010 9:39PM
Its a terrific action shot, one not to be missed.

In V2 youve addressed a couple of areas that did need some attention, but as Paul said youve left evidence of the changes youve made so they over spill the targeted areas a little.

Heres a better way than using the burn tool:

In CS3, select the curves adjustment; The dialogue box has a small hand with an extended fimger at the top left; select tis, and place it on the area you want to tone down (or brighten); to darken, click and drag down until it looks good; the entire image will darken, - but your adjustment layer will have a mask already on it. Fill the mask with black, alt>backspace with black as the foreground, which removes your adjustment, and then use the white brush to paint in the areas you want darkened. Use the Opacity slider to manage the amount applied, then flatten the image.

Ive done this, re composed the shot by cropping right and adding space left and bottom,. increased contrast using curves, and darkened the trampoline a little, - sharpened a little too.

Notice the difference between how the 2 mods look, - the first had the Adobe RBG colour space attached, the second has sRGB, - so you likely need to assign the sRGB space to your shots before uploading.

Hope this helps.


sophis 10 136 6 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2010 9:32AM
Thank you so much Willie, that was exactly what i was trying to achieve in this image but wasn't succeeding, and thanks for the photoshop technique you have just explained, its a new one to me and will definitely come in useful for future work. Photoshop does so much and with the help of this site and you I'm learning new techniques all the time.

Thanks Catherine and Paul, your honest comments and views always mean a lot.

Thanks Claire and Alan.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2010 9:10PM
Coming to this rather late but I think it's superb. The frazzled look on his face complements his 'hairstyle' perfectly!

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