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Aug 11, 2012 15:16 |  #1
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I would like as much help with this picture as I can get, as I want to enter it into a contest and I would like to make sure its as good as I can get it first. Heres what I got so far, how does it look? Thank you in advance to anyone who helps!


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Aug 11, 2012 15:38 |  #2

Retake the picture with the dog not covering up half of the little girl's face. Otherwise, I think that's enough right there to not place in the top 5.


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Aug 11, 2012 16:01 |  #3
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Cant retake, it was a spur the moment shot, and the dog was the main focus. The kid actually leaned over onto her mom as I was taking the picture. This was after a raft trip near the coast. Thanks for the input though.


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Aug 11, 2012 16:18 |  #4

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Since you've cut off the hands off the woman and the little girl, I'd crop in closer.
Here's a quick edit just to show the crop (cropping such a small file degrades the image even more, but it may give you an idea).
I think I'd try cloning out the flower stem leading into her head, too.


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Aug 11, 2012 16:42 |  #5

Bob is right. Crop the pic. The dog dominated the pic. Literally..LOL. Otherwise it is a great spur of the moment shot!


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Aug 11, 2012 17:29 |  #6

I like it!
I would only straighten and crop out some of the distracting border elements. I would dodge in the face of the lady as it is in shadow. Would also clone out the thing on her right near her ear..

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Aug 11, 2012 17:56 |  #7
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Hmm, Yeah, I like Spikes edit the best. Thanks for the info, and even if I don't use this photo in the end, I will still fix it as she was interested in prints. Also, really like the border you did Spike, how did you do that?


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Aug 11, 2012 20:23 |  #8

Hi Josh....just use "image - canvas size" in Photoshop twice....1st with white extension - increase 2 pixels then with black extension - increase 4 or whatever pixels.




  
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Aug 11, 2012 20:44 |  #9
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The dog has a BIG head....:)


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Aug 11, 2012 22:36 |  #10

No offense, but even "fixed" I wouldn't call it a show winner. There's a lot of empty space on the top left of Spike's edit and the dog throws off the balance of the shot. It's huge, looks disproportional, and doesn't fit with what's going on between the mom and daughter. No dog = great pic. With dog = pic gone wrong. Or maybe, with dog and with mom's hands = great pic. My opinion.


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Aug 12, 2012 11:16 |  #11

Sorry, but it still isn't working for me as a contest entry. After being "fixed" they look posed with fake smiles, even the dog. More so in the tighter crop. Three subjects looking at three different things. Would like to see some of mom's eyes.

It is fine for the scrap book to remember the experience of the raft trip.


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Aug 12, 2012 11:34 |  #12

Have to concur with above statement. There is nothing happening to make this work. You can say a lot of ifs, but since it was a one-off, you just have to stay vigilant for another shot at another time.


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Aug 12, 2012 14:45 |  #13

It actually would make a great pet store ad, if it were the 70's. I seriously like it!


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Aug 12, 2012 17:03 |  #14
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Well that was disappointing... but good to know so I can improve next time. Guess I will look for another photo to submit instead. Maybe that Yosemite one. Thanks everyone for your input!


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Aug 12, 2012 17:56 |  #15

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Well that was disappointing... but good to know so I can improve next time. Guess I will look for another photo to submit instead. Maybe that Yosemite one. Thanks everyone for your input!

Bro, it was a good shot, but we are super critical. To non photographers (and some) they would be all over it, and I bet the pet owner loves it. We judge each other hard to improve ourselves..


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