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A father's love...

By SteveH1978    
Another one for my current pet project. Fortunately my young daughter was happy to oblige in this instance and I'd had this shot in mind for a while, as I felt the image of her small hand in my rather large one would be particularly symbolic of the unconditional love between parent and child, and of the bond and care that is always there for your children.

Again shot at 50mm, f/2.2, 1/4000th and ISO100. It was very bright natural light, and I liked the shadows in the folds of my hand. I converted to B&W in Elements, and again boosted the contrast and added the vignette as in my last image. I intend to try and keep the same processing techinques across the series to help tie them all together.

Any comment, advice or critique warmly welcomed, as this is the first project like this that I've really thrown myself into.



Tags: General Black and white Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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debu 8 India
25 Aug 2011 11:39PM
Great capture.

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Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
26 Aug 2011 9:45AM
The image says it all, lovely composition Smile Geoff.
Anna62 7 1 Australia
26 Aug 2011 11:59AM
this is very poignant Steve..i really like this one.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
26 Aug 2011 4:37PM
Steve, this is another well thought out idea which has been executed well.

Just one observation: highlights are a bit blown out in two areas. One, a tiny bit on your pinky. Two, the bit along the outer edge of your hand up there. Could be to do with two much contrast applied.

Such a sweet and lovely shot, though Smile

Looking forward to more.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
26 Aug 2011 10:50PM
The image is soft Steve, due to the large aperture. I dont know if thats how you intended it, - and if it is, its fine. I would guess though that you were after an overall soft look, and not one that has some areas in focus, and some not?

I would liked to have seen a little more depth, - using perhaps f/5.6, depending on the distance; the girls thumb would be better showing over your thumb rather than under; your bottom finger should be in shot; theres quite a large tonal range difference between your hand and your daughter; there should be some difference, but perhaps a little more alike.

If you are going for a soft look, - try using the smaller aperture as I suggested, then in post processing, if you have Phosothop, use a filter under distortions called Diffuse Glow, - it can perhaps get you the effect you are after; or if you are adventurous, apply a very light smear of vaseline on the lens!


SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
27 Aug 2011 4:13AM
Thanks for the comments and advice folks. I know the image isn't absolutely spot on, but am trying something new with these shots, so the help is really appreciated. I wasn't exactly happy with cutting off my finger, and I hadn't spotted the blown highlights (oops) but it was the best shot from several that I took. Might try this one again to see if I can improve those areas, or at least try and correct some of the flaws in Elements.

Thanks again

tmann 13 4 2 United States
29 Aug 2011 1:54PM
well thought out idea and it works
the message is precious and clear
Thanks for sharing. Smile
johncob 8 34 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2011 6:49PM
Steve Nice concept. Regards John

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