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I'm not moving

By Debbiee
One of my sons tricks at the moment is sitting down in the middle of the street and refusing to move, this was one of those moments.

When I take images of him I usually try to get down to his level, but I liked the way he was looking up at me with a defiant look on his face in this one so I took this from slightly above.

I was thinking about my images and one thing I learnt while at college was the presentation of images is often as important as the image itself. In the past when I've uploaded my images onto ephotozine I never really thought about it I just uploaded as was. So i thought this image would be a good start to thinking about the presentation, I did try to frame it with a clean off white border, but didn't really like it so instead created a black border and cloned in the ground around it. Does it work like this?

Also thanks Willie for the latest link you provided, I used it for this image. Getting the right tones in my images has always been a problem for me, especially since I started using my laptop so this technique will be really helpful to me.

Tags: Child Portraits and people

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luckybry 13 3 Scotland
24 Jun 2011 12:23PM
realy like this grt details and well presented
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
24 Jun 2011 3:12PM
He certainly has a defiant look that youve caught well. I like the skin colour and tone.

The border area has some areas obviously cloned and look a little smudged, but I think the idea is good.

One approach that can instead of cloning when working with a large area is to use the marquee tool, and select areas you want to copy, and then paste them into where you want them. You can them move the new area, use transform to change the shape, and since it will be on a new layer, remove what you dont want.


pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2276 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 5:08PM
This is a very nice portrait shot and you have him nicely positioned in the frame. The street gives a good clean background that also contains some nice texture. Shooting at this angle has helped with the background I think.
I assume that your original is what is inside the black frame, and you therefore had to add the rest. If this is not the case, and your original is larger, you can use the pen tool to draw 4 straight black lines inside the frame. I don't think I would have used cloning on this, as some repeats are obvious, and Willie's suggestion is a good one. Quite honestly, I had to look closely to see what you had done, it was your son who had all my attentionGrin . Another alternative would be to increase the size of the image and then paste your picture, with the black border already added, onto it. Or, reduce the size of your image and paste it onto a normal-sized copy. (You will have to excuse the options I give you because I use PaintshopPro, but no doubt you can find the equivalent). Using the Pick Tool, you could select some of the ground on each side and stretch them, adding your black line afterwards.
baileysmith 11 19 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 9:14AM
Really like the detail in the photo and as the parent of a two-year old daughter I think you've captured that defiance they have perfectly! Excellent portrait and one his girlfriends will love in the future and he will hate!

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 5:39PM
This is a nice shot and, this time,. expression suites. My next comment is personal like/dislike. I would leave that black frame off - if you want a border, and that is OK, a 2 or 3 pixel black border round the extreme of the image - but, for me, never inset like this.

As said, this is where it becomes subjective, but I find myself looking at the frame, and that should not be.

Debbiee 16 136 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 10:23PM
Thank you everyone Smile

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