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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Jan 2009 6:34PM
A wonderful expression on the child's face, very well captured. Carol

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Cormy 10 3 England
15 Jan 2009 6:48PM
Cool Dude,love the hat.!!
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 6:54PM
A lovely capture great expression and a super sun hat,we wear hats to keep the rain off,Smile
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
16 Jan 2009 4:12AM
Great portrait Leon, in case like this, I will use the linear burn tool to defuse the excess light surrounding the hat. Well done.
16 Jan 2009 8:48AM
Sweet shot.
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
16 Jan 2009 8:27PM
Intimate portrait Leon. I agree the BG is bright but nothing that's easily fixed.
Has the makings of a great shot.
16 Jan 2009 8:44PM
Excellent lovely in mono. Will
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
17 Jan 2009 4:13AM
What a great portrait Leon, such a great expression.
17 Jan 2009 11:02AM
Fine mono
Nettles 11 England
17 Jan 2009 1:42PM
What a fabulous candid shot.
Many thanks for your comment on my Loch scene.
I'm very much a photographer at the learning level and hadn't even thought of the crop.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Jan 2009 9:25PM
A lovely portrait which works so well in mono
leons29 10 South Africa
18 Jan 2009 4:14AM
Thanks for all the comments guys
astyag 10 12
18 Jan 2009 6:11AM
Needs a bit of composition and contrast, beside that, it's an interesting shot, well done
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
18 Jan 2009 8:31AM
This is a lovely portrait of a boy engrossed in his activity. It would however, like Astyag said, benefit from a boost of contrast.
If you look at the histogram using the "Levels" feature in your software you'll see that there are almost no pixels in the black area to the left. This means your image has lots of highlights or whites but very little dark tones / shadows. The levels tool has 3 adjustment sliders for white point, midtones and black point.
By moving the left (black point) slider to the the right (where the actual graph starts) you are telling your software where the range of tone within the image to start as black should be. This will increase the contrast. You can then move the midpoint slider slightly to the right as well. This will further darken the image without interfering with the brighter areas. Hope this helps.
leons29 10 South Africa
18 Jan 2009 11:16AM
Thanks Alex, will give it a bash
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
18 Jan 2009 3:28PM
Lovely mono candid. With Alex' excellent suggestion it will be even better.
georg Plus
13 4 South Africa
18 Jan 2009 3:37PM
works good in b+w
19 Jan 2009 11:20PM
I like what you captured!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
21 Jan 2009 2:57PM
When I would shoot an image with this kind of strong light, I would not be able to recover the burned out areas. I've therefore started shooting in RAW mode, and am able to recover more data. For this image, you could simply crop it tightly at the top and the side. I think if you darken it, you might loose detail in the face. I rather like the high-key tone of this, also quite appropriate for a child portrait. Good candid capture.
leons29 10 South Africa
21 Jan 2009 5:38PM
Thanks guys. Anne believe it or not I have never tried RAW. I do have the functionality and will give it a go. Most of my shots is straight of the camera. Looking to get PS but for now I have a fairly basic program. Has some nice features though. You will not believe how expensive PS is in South Africa and mainly due to the dollar being so much stronger than the rand. Good news is I donít live in Zimbabwe other wise it would cost well over a million zim dollars Smile You are spot on regarding darkening, lost a lot of detail when I tried it so I cropped tight on top and just left the rest
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
22 Jan 2009 4:03AM
Make sure you have a program to convert those RAW files. My camera came with software that converts. I don't know about other cameras.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Jan 2009 2:18PM
The tighter crop idea came to mind here-- I love the expression on the boys face, concentrating on the job at hand--

and I love the high key sense you have accomplished!

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