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Little Boy's Blues
Little Boy's Blues
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Challenge: Natural Light Indoor Portrait (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-500D Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Strongsville, OH
Date: Aug 16, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2012

I took a bunch of pictures of my grandkids in front of the living room window, and while it was tough to pick a favorite, I thought this one best suited the challenge and best captured the mood I was looking for.

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Place: 44 out of 60
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10/31/2012 08:50:11 PM
Frank

Once again, thanks for your comments on my photo. I really appreciate that you provide valuable, constructive criticism, and point out what's good about the photo, as well as what needs to be improved.

I've been away from dpchallenge for a while due to vacation, illness, and just plain busy-ness with other activities. And honestly, I think some discouragement about not improving much has begun to set in and dampen my enthusiasm for competing. So, thanks for the encouragement and the suggestions. Hopefully, I'll get back involved again real soon.

Mike

Originally posted by FrankRobinson:

Hi Mike, welcome to the Critique Zone!

I'll start by saying that I disagree with several of the comments below. Where to start? I think that the fabric up his nose is great - he's a young boy, made of snails and puppy dogs tails etc. He should be misbehaving! Secondly I think that it is a very 'interesting', or rather, captivating portrait with some minor technical issues rather than the other way around.

Technically, it's a little soft. Perhaps because of the very slow shutter? You can totally get away with ISO 400 or even 800 with that camera and some noise reduction software. But I think it is actually a focusing issue because his shoulder is very sharp. Really, it needs to be the eyes.

Artistically, there is much less to say. This is a perfect capture of a personal, candid moment. Your model is so completely natural - one could not ask for better. I personally also like the composition, the angles (making him look just a tiny bit upwards in a plaintive manner) and the crop. Some would say that you have to either include the whole head or crop in more tightly - I would disagree, this works perfectly.

To sum up, a slightly tighter focus on the eyes and perhaps a little more contrast (in PP?) and this is a killer shot. Without them, it's definitely a serious keeper and a reminder or a really great grandparent / kid connection.

Happy hunting,

Frank.
08/29/2012 04:56:44 PM
Hi Mike, welcome to the Critique Zone!

I'll start by saying that I disagree with several of the comments below. Where to start? I think that the fabric up his nose is great - he's a young boy, made of snails and puppy dogs tails etc. He should be misbehaving! Secondly I think that it is a very 'interesting', or rather, captivating portrait with some minor technical issues rather than the other way around.

Technically, it's a little soft. Perhaps because of the very slow shutter? You can totally get away with ISO 400 or even 800 with that camera and some noise reduction software. But I think it is actually a focusing issue because his shoulder is very sharp. Really, it needs to be the eyes.

Artistically, there is much less to say. This is a perfect capture of a personal, candid moment. Your model is so completely natural - one could not ask for better. I personally also like the composition, the angles (making him look just a tiny bit upwards in a plaintive manner) and the crop. Some would say that you have to either include the whole head or crop in more tightly - I would disagree, this works perfectly.

To sum up, a slightly tighter focus on the eyes and perhaps a little more contrast (in PP?) and this is a killer shot. Without them, it's definitely a serious keeper and a reminder or a really great grandparent / kid connection.

Happy hunting,

Frank.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2012 08:37:16 PM
Love the intimate candid nature of this.
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08/22/2012 10:06:41 PM
This one has great personality.
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08/21/2012 08:38:30 AM
Technically a terrific image - it just isn't interesting. There's nothing there to make you want to keep looking at it.
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08/20/2012 09:13:14 AM
Mood lovely captured. Light is good too and reflects in his beautiful blue eyes. Good job
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08/20/2012 01:08:23 AM
Light and pp'g are great, but that thing coming out of his nose...not so much
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08/20/2012 12:08:18 AM
I love it all! Well... except that fabric up his nose... that's a downer for such a GORGEOUS portrait of a beautiful boy.

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