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By ukgubbi

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
14 May 2013 2:16AM
There is nothing like smiling at kids having fun.
This shot is just great…..GrinGrinGrinWinkWink

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Wonderful action and a great sense of joy. Great photo.

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
14 May 2013 4:33AM
A lovely photo filled with the joy of life Smile
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
14 May 2013 7:43AM
well seen and timed Grin
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
14 May 2013 7:59AM
Hi Uma
I agree with the comments above this image really shows fun and joy, but as its the critique section I'd like to offer some opinions to held improve on the image you have.

The 2 boys are in silhouette, this is OK if it's what you intended, but using a flash and a slight adjustment in timing would have brought out the boy's face and the smile I imagine is there.

This image as it is semi silhouetted could work as a B+W image and by cropping slightly the boys can be moved away from the centre. I have loaded 2 Mods to demonstrate my thoughts. The mods have been done quickly to demonstrate and with care a better overall result can be achieved.

In both mods I've removed the tree as all it effectively did for me was to crop the image and it serves no real purpose.

Let me know what you think.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 9:01AM
A good basis here but you needed some flash fill. The lighting on the boys is neither full nor silhouette. You were at 55mm, so quite close. Just pop up the internal flash on the 60D and let it do it for you. It is usually very accurate and would have lifted this shot no end.

Not enough people use flash when they should.

iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 10:35AM
Good capture. A charming picture of children enjoying life. As advised above a touch of fill flash would have helped exposed the boys more.
I've done a mod also:
I used photoshop to lighten shadows and darken highlights followed by burning midtones in areas away from the boys, I finished with a touch of sharpening.
I cropped from left and top to achieve a more balanced feel. I like the tree on the right as I feel it frames the images and helps sets the swinging from trees theme. My cropping of some of the bright sky helps the eye see into the darker more interesting areas.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 5:12PM
Your shutter speed of 1/800 second has frozen the movement perfectly. Fill-in flash would have given you better detail on the boys ( a lot of people don't think of using flash in bright sunlight, but bright sun creates dark shadows and that's where we need flash!) but I'm guessing that it would have restricted you to 1/200 second. That's generally the fastest shutter speed that will allow flash. So the boys might not have been as sharp... Life is full of compromises, we just have to be aware of the possibilities, and their strengths and weaknesses, and judge as best we can as to what suits the circumstances.
If you get a chance to photograph this sort of scene again though, I suggest that you take time, watch the children discreetly, wait until they are swinging sideways so that their faces are visible in profile and not hidden by the branches. You should have plenty of time to wait for the moment, they're enjoying themselves far too much to move away in a hurry!
17 May 2013 5:52PM
When U don't allow voting ,a brief comment pops up, both -ive & +ive. You have an eye for app subject ,so keep it up.

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