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My lengthy days of past baby portraiture, prohibit me from viewing the image long enough to form a valid opinion....lol. Seriously it looks like an image any parent would be proud of. And I really get a kick out of it. You've balanced the skin and background tonality - you've managed a very real expression - which can be difficult to draw out on the very young ones. Otherwise, perhaps a bit tight at the top - where the hair meets the edge of the photo & just a touch too soft around the cheeks / lips. Wallet size or proof size or in a collage / composite....the image would look crisp & nobody would be the wiser. Babies are tough on top of dark cloth....hard for them to keep their heads up & nothing to bounce the light up onto their faces. I used to have my main flash aimed much lower than adult portraiture, add a reflector...sometimes simply a white sheet...out of the composition & in front of the posing area for the main to bounce and fill, with the secondary powered down to glance the hair etc. You could try the main bounce and fill technique with a single flash, gives the baby a nice glow, but could never get those crisp eyelights like you've achieved in your image with a single flash. Hope I'm not telling you something you already know...if so just kick me in the shin & tell me to be quiet
Based on your description, it accomplishes what you desired. One could have angled the lens down just a touch in order to get the full white foam pattern (center bottom) - which might have mirrored the pattern on the right. But then you would have this odd looking branch sticking out of nowhere at the top left. Good call on the framing. Lately I've felt I've run out of ways to shoot waterfalls...your shot is inspiring.
Agreed, extremely underrated. Excellent grab, don't you love it when the world lines up a beautiful shot, complete with evenly spaced blurred passers by who allow you to place the subject of your image 'front and center'....and even one entering on the left to provide a frame? Oh....and a touch of technical skill to pull it all off...lol. Great shot.
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