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By Berniea
I think you either like or hate this shot. I used a high ISO to try create an evocative and moody shot of my friends little boy.

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mswiech 7 3 1 Canada
6 Feb 2011 11:23AM
I like the picture. I think you did a good job with the higher iso, as it gave it a old pic feel to it. The only thing that is distracting to me is the white spots on the eyes. I think there is a little too much glare on his forehead on the right side of the pic, but other then that, a good portrait shot.

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 3:29PM
I don't like dummies in pictures either, and this lighting and pose looks more like a gangster than a toddler (Babyface Nelson, perhaps? Tongue ).

More sympathetic lighting would perhaps be more apprpriate?

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
6 Feb 2011 8:05PM
No issue with the ISO or the dummy/soother/pacifier, - but the issue I do see Bernie is with lighting and expression.

This could be a shot for an advert for a creepy film! The kid looks very sad, and the dark areas introduce unnecessarily drama that give the impression he is in imminent danger.

I have loaded a mod with a crop; rotation to place the eyes more on a diagonal, and one eye on a third; slightly rediced noise in the face to soften but left in the nackground; and using the liquefy tool tried to give a hint of a smile to his eyes.

I know you will take this in the spirit its meant Bernie, so hope this input is ok.


7 Feb 2011 1:46PM
Thanks guys - all points taken and understood this is just one of those photographs that I had which I was interested to get some feed back. As I said probably not an easy image to like and maybe not one for the family portrait gallery !!Wink

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