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Little girl

By vickik
This is a shot of my friends little girl....I took tons of her running around the garden and this was one of the very few I got of her close up without her pulling a face!

I haven't done much in PS, just tweaked levels and curves and blurred the background out a bit more. I haven't changed the colours in the background at all and I'm pleased with the way they compliment her eyes and lips.

Please let me know what you think.

Handheld using available light
F3.5 @ 1/250
ISO 400

Tags: General Girl Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2008 8:43PM
This is about as good as it gets. You should be very pleased with this shot. You could probably tweak it in various ways in PS, but I quite like the very natural feel to it as is.

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Cole 14 53 16 England
26 Sep 2008 9:03PM
lovely soft lighting, really works well
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
26 Sep 2008 9:37PM
It's a lovely shot, and I agree with you about the background complementing the colour of her eyes. I don't really know how to improve it apart from sharpening the eyes to make them stand out more.
capture 11 6 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2008 10:11PM
hey great capture, the eye contact is great lighting is perfect, the dof is good too.

well done
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2008 12:27AM
Hi Vicki,

What a lovely capture (in the literal sense of the word- little girls take some pinning down to get that nice and natural feel). The light and the crop work well in this shot, but I agree with Geraint about the need to sharpen the eyes. Also, and this is just a personal preference the colours are IMHO a little too much - especially the lip colour - it tends to compete with the eyes as a focal point here.

I've uploaded a mono conversion using three selective B&W layers in PS CS3. Send me a PM is you want more info. I've also sharpened the eyes using the high pass technique you can download from epz.

Hope you like it, and feel free to ignore this critique!

Warm regards,

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
27 Sep 2008 12:29AM
A nice shot., nicely framed and composed.

As stated above, just needs slight sharpening in the eyes.
Loaded a mod with this done, and eyes lightened a small amount.


vickik 9 15 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2008 11:28AM
Thanks very much for the comments and critique, all very useful indeed and I'm really pleased that you all like the shot.
Adam - I'll be contacting you to find out more about the mono conversion and high pass technique....I'm really interested to find out how to do these.

Thanks, Vicki

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