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As we sailed down the Ganges we stopped off to visit some typical villages. It was wonderful to see the typical Indian way of life in places off the beaten track. I felt privileged to be welcomed by the villagers and this lovely little boy followed us everywhere we went. He was delighted when we presented him with a ball (we had bought a sack full of children's toys in Delhi to give to the village children that we met along our journey).

I remembered to use the on-camera flash and dialled in a -2 flash compensation as I thought that this would just give enough flash light to light up the little boys face and reduce the harsh shadows caused by shooting in the midday sun

V2 shows the same shot with the black points re-set; V3 = B & W version and v4 = the original shot from the camera before any processing.

I'd appreciated any feedback on the crop and processing.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Feb 2013 - 7:33 AM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:27 May 2013 - 8:37 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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banehawi Critique Team 111261 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3284 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 12:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice shot, and good work with the flash.

Of you crops, I like V1, though it ,ay be slightly over sharpened. Cropping that close also does give a s,all amount of noise, which is exaggerated when you sharpen, so just keep an eye on this.

In V2, you would be best to set the points first in the un cropped image, then crop. I set the points in the mod Ive uploaded, using the original, and ended up in a different place. One area to watch for when increasing contrast that much, is that colour saturation follows, and you may have to de sat a little to get colors back to where they need to be. For me, the black point was low down on one of the stripes on his sleeve, which would not increase contrast as much as using a higher stripe.

Good work overall though.

I would personally not crop quite so close, and leave that stone in the background, which means cropping some space from the right, and some cloning to remove the "helpful" tourist! The aspect ration is Az. and view largte. I lightened the left side of his face very slightly, and toned down the highlight on his cheek just a touch.



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Hi Willie,

Yes I think I did push the sharpening a little too much on this one.

Your mod looks great. The reason I cropped so close was because I thought the angle of the little boy's body didn't look quite right to me, so I straightened the image a bit and then cropped close - looking at it again though I guess I was being over critical Tongue

Thanks for your advice Willie.


Elaine Grin

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