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Chris & Rowan

By Juliee  
My brother-in-law and his six week old son, who had only just started to smile.

This was a bit of a 'grab the camera' moment, but in a room with good natural light.
The background, however, was very cluttered and distracting, so I've done my best to tidy it up, so I'd appreciate any opinions and suggestions for improvement on that in particular.

Thanks for looking,

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
1 May 2011 9:51PM
Youve done a very good job with hiding the background. Mono was also a good choice to help the process.

The shot is really terrific as far as timing goes, - a beautiful moment.

The mono can be improved with toning down highlights to allow a little more texture into both faces, and can be sharpened a little more.

One addition idea is to use the lasso tool, select the baby, then use the move tool to move him cloer to Dad, then crop.

Ive done this in the mod, and I hope you find the feedback helpful,



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Juliee 13 382 4 England
1 May 2011 10:21PM
Thank you for the feedback and the mod. I'd never have thought to move them closer together.
I'm always wary of over sharpening too, so good to know I could push it a little further.

JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
2 May 2011 10:01AM
Even though you say this is a "grab" shot the slightly diagonal angle of the eyes of the son & dad looking directly at each other is good, as are the smiles.

The colour shot with the background, for me, comes across as being less formal and more natural

However, to sort out the background "clutter" have you tried using the "magic wand" to select the background, inverting the selection ( so you now have dad & son ) and then copying to a new layer. Then use the "paint bucket" to give a plain background of whatever colour you choose.

I suspect there is also a way of superimposing the selection of dad & son onto another shot of an uncluttered background but I have no idea how to do that Wink
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 7:21PM
You have done a good job of removing the background, but it may not have been necessary here. There is rather more detail in your colour image than in the mono, which has some burnt out areas - result of some inaccuracy in the conversion. do you use the channel mixer , you should.

I would have stayed with colour - there seems to be a fashion to go for mono, and it's not always ideal for the subject in my opinion. Whilst I like this, despite my comments, I would like them a little closer together too - that would suggest an even greater 'contact'.

Robert51 11 7 91 United Kingdom
3 May 2011 10:37PM
Hi Julie

What a super image and I love the bw.
I have uploaded a mod which I have toned a little to give it a softer feel as the real bw can be a little harsh. I have also put the backgound back in as I always feel it's part of the story your telling.

Great pictures and I hope you like the mod.

Juliee 13 382 4 England
3 May 2011 10:56PM
Thank you all for your considered comments and advice.
Robert51, thank you for the mod too. Although I like mono portraits, I can see how this does look a little harsh and the softer treatment does suit the subject.

I may have another go at the colour version soon.
Thanks again,

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