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Two little boys reflecting

By phillemare
I would like to know your thoughts on this picture.

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 8:15AM
I normally dislike kiddie pics but this one with its lovely reflection and the child touching the water is enchanting, and very well taken.

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 10:04AM
Set up or otherwise, an interesting shot.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
5 Nov 2012 5:00PM
Its a beautiful moment with the two kids unaware of the camera. It works well with the reflection visible.

If you want to tweak it, the kids faces are a little too bright, and while this is addressed, it will also reduce the glare coming from the water, and the gravel path, and give everything a little more detail.

I would crop some space from the bottom to remove the bits of grass, and just a little off the right to move the kids a little off centre.

I used the highlight tool in Photoshop CS to do this.

Ive done this in mod1. Sometimes, shots where direction subjects are looking is to the left, flipping the shot horizontally, as in mod2 can give a completely different feel to the shot, though its not how it was at the time.

Hope this helps,


5 Nov 2012 8:22PM
Thank you Willie, most helpful. Its funny I have stared at this picture so many times and i missed the grass, and yes bringing it off centre would help....I pondered this for some time and I agree with you. I use Lightroom 4, a new prog for me, so I am off to play with the brightness.
Thank you again.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
5 Nov 2012 11:19PM
Willie addressed the issues I was going to raise. Before reading other people's critique, I take my time to sample some thoughts myself, but most of the stuff I came up with were already pointed out.

As already mentioned, the highlights needed to be kept in check as the some areas of the face and neck are close to being burnt out - adjust this if you have the RAW file (shows JPEG in EXIF). Also, the crop is to "in the centre" for my liking - I'd crop to give the impression of negative space in the direction the children are looking - might also use content-aware fill to add some more space if the original picture wasn't larger. I think Photoshop would tackle that very easily.

Also, I think you could have used a slightly faster shutter speed and a wider aperture (say f/5.6 maybe) to try to get that grass to be blurred out and better isolate the kids and the reflection - though to be honest I don't know whether a shallower depth of field would end up blurring parts of the reflection.

Finally, I think this is crying for a B/W conversion - you might lose the red-hair (which leaves an impact) but you'll also get rid of the red-shirt that is vying for attention. I'll try to do a mod myself now and see where that takes me...
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
5 Nov 2012 11:34PM
Mod uploaded - description in the mod itself. Also cloned out the grass, was distracting in my opinion. One thing that I could have also cloned out is that label on the kid's trousers. That's easy to fix I guess. The simpler the clothing looks in the final picture, the better, let's keep attention where it's needed most.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 10:12PM
Nice kiddy shot, but a few tweaks needed. Bit off the top and right. At least half a stop less exposure andit is rather red. Would dial in a touch of blue.


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