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Portraits are not my strong suit and I share your wish for commentary when I do take the plunge. I don't see the alternative crop, but I like this one. "Cheeky" jumped to my brain's frontal lobe when I opened the picture. I very much like the color and her freckles stand out well. Her hair is a bit of a mess and well done there. Love the expression too. Any parent or grandparent worth their salt would be proud to have this one.

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Feb 2012 12:52PM
What a little cutie and you've captured her with a mischeiveious smile on her face. Prefer V2.........Sandy
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Feb 2012 12:54PM
I am even more out of my comfort zone with portraits than you Ann but to my untrained eye I would agree with you that it may be a little close and V2 is better, to the purist I suppose the stray strands of hair in front of the eyes could have been moved aside but give me a natural image of a pretty little girl before the plastic barbie doll look any time.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 12:56PM
Definitely V2 for me, shows off that cheeky expression and twinkling eyes, gorgeous colours Ann - Carole
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 1:18PM
This is way outside my contact zone - direct eye contact scares me silly. I'll photograph strangers in the street without a second thought but telling someone how to pose and look at me - terrifying.
I go with the consensus for V2. That bit extra space, particularly for the tangle of hair - which I love because it's real.
The freckles and red hair are so beautiful - but conversely I can see both versions working in b&w.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Feb 2012 1:25PM
A very natural portrait, Ann, which is so good to see. She has wonderful coloured hair and those gorgeous freckles, the fellas will be after her before too long Smile Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Feb 2012 1:51PM
Fantastic eyes, and those freckles and brilliant hair all melt together to enhance a superb in your face smile-- sure it did brighten my day!
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 1:56PM
Excellent natural portrait Ann, great eye contact and I love the red hair and freckles. I think my preference is for V2, but I actually like both versions Smile IMHO a huge part of the portrait is to try and get the personality of the subject and if I may say I think you have done that beautifully. I can well imagine this little lady is very cheeky, or at least has the potential to be Smile

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 2:09PM
A really excellent portrait Ann. Very natural and full of Character. I prefer the wider crop of V2.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 2:15PM
Spot-on informal character study, Ann. Formal portraits of young children always strike me as extremely stuffy, and I'm convinced that Nuala doesn't do stuffySmile
I too go for V2: the crop in V1 is just that little bit too close, not in the compositional sense but because of incipient image break-up (there is a technical explanation but I can't remember it - it is apparent rather than actual, connected with viewing distance and pixel size perhaps).
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
18 Feb 2012 2:18PM
Go with V2 Ann.
Perhaps V1 is too ''in your face'' so to speak !!
Good cheeky shot though.
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 4:02PM
Lovely smile! V2 for me too. V1 is a little too close for comfort.

Sue Smile
18 Feb 2012 4:27PM
Brilliant portrait of this smashing little Girl Ann, very well done indeed.

John Smile
nikshot 8 9 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 4:56PM
Great portrait and beautiful grandchild Ann. Nick
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 5:16PM
A lovely, natural portrait Ann which is shown much better in V2.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Feb 2012 5:17PM
My goodness...she's completely edible! What a sweet thing.

GORGEOUS hair and freckles and a smile to melt all the world's problems. What a lovely kid.

I'm with V1.

Andrew Smile
I'm on V2 Ann the more open image suits this bonnie wee lass right down to the ground. Red hair and freckles and the loveliest expression, friendly and full of fun with a touch of mischief just for the spice. Looks like a wee person who would always be great company. Nuala will break a few hearts along the way and they'll come back for more.
Let's wish Nuala a very long and happy life.


She obviously likes you to give that very special look.
18 Feb 2012 6:30PM
Lovely smile from a cheeky face, a super portrait.

rob_marshall 7 96 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 6:40PM

It's a super portrait of a very cheeky looking character, so it has a great 'dialogue'. I'm finding the face and eyes a bit out of focus though, compared to the hair which is very sharp. What lens did you use, and how close were you? f-stop?
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 7:16PM


It's a super portrait of a very cheeky looking character, so it has a great 'dialogue'. I'm finding the face and eyes a bit out of focus though, compared to the hair which is very sharp. What lens did you use, and how close were you? f-stop?

Yes, looking at it through your eyes, I can see what you mean. Thanks for pointing it out. Exif details are:
ISO 640 (taken in an old steam train on an overcast day)
54 mm
1/20 sec.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 7:18PM
Thank you Andrew for your UA! Smile I'm thrilled as I don't do portraits, but she is very photogenic, so it had to be done!
VivienO 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 8:25PM
It's a lovely portrait Ann. Full of character and expressive, with fantastic clarity and detail - especially round her bright blue eyes. I like the tighter crop of V1
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
18 Feb 2012 9:57PM
Great colour portrait, I also like V2 better.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Feb 2012 10:54PM
no 2 for me as well, a very fresh natural portrait, which I prefer to any studio work!
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
19 Feb 2012 1:11AM
Nice work Ann, - either one. One piece of advice, - the focus needs to be on her eyes, and its on the hair in front of her eye, - try manual focus if you get another chance.

Ray42 10 3 England
19 Feb 2012 8:53AM
A brilliant portrait - a good tip from Willie - must remember that one - congratulations on the two UA's
19 Feb 2012 11:34AM
I meant to give you my award too Ann, the expression is the star here, how sharp does sharp have to be when the image is so wonderful I wonder.

Well done a great picture which will sine out of the family album for years to come. WinkTongueGrin
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 2:54PM
The image, and the cheeky air, jump straight off the screen. As above, how sharp does sharp need to be? I always attempt to focus on the bridge of the nose, but that is a habit I formed when I used a split image focussing screen, many years ago. The split was in vertical objects, fence posts, noses . . .
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 4:00PM
wow this really stands out, the awards say it all Ann, very well detailed and good eye contact.
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
19 Feb 2012 4:34PM
Has to be v2 Ann. The extra tangle of hair makes all the difference and she is not so much 'in your face' (no pun intended) as in v1.
Beautifully natural, not posed at all....I had twice as many freckles when I was that age...

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 4:53PM
Don't know about being out of your comfort zone with portraits - your "Mr Sound" remains one of my favourites.

Like both of these Ann but I do prefer v2.
19 Feb 2012 6:47PM
A beautiful portrait both are lovely, ones to be proud of.. Well done Lin
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
19 Feb 2012 8:09PM
Out of my zone too but what a beautiful young face framed with that gorgous hair!
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
19 Feb 2012 8:22PM
A simply superb portrait of this pretty young girl.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
19 Feb 2012 8:44PM
Delightful Smile - V2 Ann.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
19 Feb 2012 8:57PM
You have captured her impish grin in a very personal and beautiful way. I prefer the crop in v2. The extra space is welcome here.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 11:15AM
All of the above Ann, a terrific portrait! Shortlisted too
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Feb 2012 12:16PM
I prefer v2 Ann, they are both charming portraits of this little girl. Gary has summed things up so eloquently, I much prefer natural portraits to over airbrushed and manipulated ones
12 12 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 12:20PM
Ann convert in mono in nik silver efex software...will look cool I think.
Dave87 Plus
11 42 5 England
20 Feb 2012 8:59PM
The lighting is super and together with the red hair and freckles - a child portrait of the finest order.

A child portrait not to walk past without getting a shot.

No hesitation placing my weekly award here.

Dave. -
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 9:03PM
Thank you Dave and Dougie for your UAs! Wow!

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