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Guy ­ Curlewis
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Apr 16, 2011 13:00 |  #1

Hi all

Relatively new to photography. Took this photo of my 4 yr old in cape town

What do you think?


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Apr 16, 2011 14:10 |  #2

If you like high contrast images that I'd say you did well. Note however what high contrast did to your childs skin. Note how the sand is washed out. Note the spectral qualities in this image are shoved towards highlights and shadows leaving very little middle tone in the image.

That aside you probably enjoy the image; 1) because your child is a great subject, 2) because the beach is a great scenic, and 3) because there is a art quality (alternate process) to the image.




  
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Apr 16, 2011 14:59 |  #3

Agreed with jetcode. The contrast is just too harsh. Her eyes and mouth has pretty much zero nuance.




  
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Apr 16, 2011 15:35 |  #4

I agree with the comments above. Another consideratin is the compostion. The child is leaning near the right edge of the frame. Leave room for the subject to move in to.


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Apr 17, 2011 01:04 as a reply to  @ Aquaman's post |  #5

Thanks - I pp it to make it washed out as putting on a canvas.

How would you have changed it?


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Apr 17, 2011 01:05 as a reply to  @ Guy Curlewis's post |  #6

post the original.


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Apr 17, 2011 06:31 as a reply to  @ Flo's post |  #7

I actually don't have a problem with the positioning of the girl...it actually helps the composition by providing a leading line into frame, even though she is the main subject. Over her shoulder is a woman holding a child, and over that woman's shoulder is the backdrop...nice diagonal line through the image that pulls the viewer in. The processing is a bit on the funky side, but I think it works based on your stated intention (not wild about the overblown sand, but that's just me).


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Apr 17, 2011 09:25 |  #8
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Looks like a bright day and you shot like it was plus boosted the colors up. Like the composition, This works for me.
One thing bothers me, it's the left side, you have a sky that gets darker as it goes left but it goes back to baby blue or brighter, I would darken it and show more sand prints, sky and mountains.


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Apr 17, 2011 10:14 |  #9

Guy I would likely try to fix some of the blotchiness in the skin but that would be it if the high contrast effect is a desired goal.




  
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Apr 17, 2011 14:09 as a reply to  @ jetcode's post |  #10

Thanks - all very helpful.

Still trying to learn levels, etc so any ideas are gratefully received

Here is the original


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Apr 17, 2011 14:26 |  #11

The composition is actually nice. Im not wild about the pp, but that's just my opinion. I would tone down her skin. If you want that 70s grungy-grainy look add it after you smooth out skin tones. I woulld brighter her eyes a bit as well. Keep Shooting!


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Apr 17, 2011 19:15 |  #12

I'm not normally a fan of ott processing but it kind of works, the original doesn't look half as interesting.


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Apr 17, 2011 20:32 |  #13

Now that I see the original, I agree with corkneyfonz...although "ott" is relative.

Normally doing this kind of hard processing to an image of a little girl with a beautiful face would be soooo wrong - but here it seems too work IMO. The only suggestion I would have is to bring back the blown area in the sky at the right to help delineate the hair/sky.




  
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Apr 17, 2011 22:15 |  #14

I really like the look of the first one. I think it has a unique feel, and after seeing many images with similar processing, this one caught my eye.


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Apr 18, 2011 00:38 as a reply to  @ backup63's post |  #15

It's a very engaging image...I think the composition is fine

The processing is a little bit much for my tastes - but a slightly toned down version would be a excellent.


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