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By WeeGeordieLass    
We passed these beautiful young ladies going in the opposite direction. When we'd gone on a few steps I turned to get a shot of them walking away from us and to my surprise, at the exact moment I pressed the shutter, they all turned round to look at the camera.

I've given this a square(ish) crop and added a vignette.

I've uploaded the original too.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Tags: General Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
14 May 2013 6:09PM
A really great spontaneous capture, I like the crop of V1, love the light .....well done

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14 May 2013 6:32PM
Thanks Colleen - I'm glad you like the shot Grin
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 May 2013 6:38PM
A well timed capture of these beautiful Ladies,so good of them to look at you at just the right time Wink
You have processed this well,I like the colours.
Maybe this would have worked with just a we bit more of the bg above their heads,just to place their great smiling faces ( well 2 of the 3 ) on the upper third.
I do like the building to the left of the frame,I think it gives them a sense of 'being' in their natural environment...I would have cloned out the white post though.
I'll have a bash at a mod to show you what I mean.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 May 2013 6:55PM
OK,I did a quick mod from your original.
Cropped as suggested,not quite as close as yours in order to retain more of their environment.Straightened the whole image with a rotation.
Removed a couple of bright spots to the right of the frame & cloned out the white post.
Added just a slight vignette to put the focus right onto the Ladies.
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 6:57PM
A lovely moment caught, just a small shame the girl on the right isn't smiling too.

You've done the crop and rotation you needed, I might be inclined to push the colours a little too, and the contrast, to make it really pop from the screen.
You could even do it selectively on the dresses, to keep the softer skin textures and avoid "panda eyes".

Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 7:07PM
Just did a mod, but it only came out lo-res. You can get the idea of what I meant anyway!
14 May 2013 7:11PM
Hi Janet,

Thanks for the mod. I like your crop showing more of the environment and I also like your lighter vignette better. I think my vignette may be a little too harsh.

Thanks for the tip about cropping to put the faces on a third - I'll remember that when cropping in future.


Elaine Grin
14 May 2013 7:14PM
Hi Nick,

Yes I can see what you mean about the colors and I think it could look terrific - I'll try it.

I wish the girl on the right had been smiling too Smile

Thanks for the mod - Cheers

Elaine Grin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
14 May 2013 7:56PM
What a wonderful opportunist shot Smile Smile Smile Smile
14 May 2013 8:00PM
Hi Jeff,

It all happened in a second - they turned just as I pressed..........lucky timing Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
14 May 2013 10:09PM
A nice moment, charming is the right word. I wouldnt want to get into an argument with the girl on the right.

Youve done quite a good job. I dont see a need for a vignette, but its a personal choice.

I used your original for a mod, - it is cropped longer, and the couple of tree/head merges have been removed. The usual black and white point treatment.


paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 7:23AM
This is a nice image with a lot of appeal. I'm not sure how you process, but most of your images have a pastel look to the colours. Not unpleasant, but a touch flat. There seems to be a lack of contrast and brightness. Not much, just a tiny bit. I've just downloaded the image into CS3 to try and brighten it up and it looks much better by doing nothing! A bit puzzled by that although the histogram does suggest a lack of the brighter and darker colours at each end.

Look at the histogram. It should reach nought at each end exactly. It actually overlaps the end of the graph at each en suggesting a slight compression of colour range? Willies need for black and white point compensation suggests the same.

15 May 2013 11:41AM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod. I think I cropped in too tight now that I've seen your's and Janet's mods which look better.


Elaine Grin
15 May 2013 11:46AM
Hi Paul,

I've just checked out the histogram and played around with the white and black droppers and I think I now understand how to set the black and white point properly.

Thanks for your help.


Elaine Grin

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