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Challenge: Triangle (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Killeen,TX
Date: May 9, 2005
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2005


Place: 221 out of 413
Avg (all users): 4.9929
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 4.7793
Avg (non-participants): 5.2206
Views since voting: 700
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 281
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/24/2005 11:55:38 AM
Critique Club:

This is an adorable photo. I have a number of shots similar to this of my three children. Something about peeking around trees and fence posts and things, works well for children this age.

The top potential of this shot is sacrificed somewhat by the challenge criteria - triangle. If you zoom closer to your subject, you would get an even better portrait. Something you can try on shots like this is to use fast aperture (low number f2.8 or as low as your camera allows) That would take the grass out of focus and put all of the attention on the child.

You don't have to do anything to a kid pic to be original. Each child is original all by themselves.

Lighting - The sun seems to be off to the right and slightly behind the girl. This always creates a few problems. Her face is well lit. The front of the tree is dark. Most digital cameras have trouble handling very dark and very light areas in the same image.

You should experiment with "fill flash" on shots like this. Just for fun, force a flash on pictures like this to see what happens. If you keep your camera on Program mode, it will adjust the shutter speed and aperture to handle the flash. The result in this shot might be something similar to the one in the link below. The front of the tree and the right side of the face more exposed and the left side of the face less exposed.

With only one photo to review, it appears you have a good eye for composing shots. I look forward to seeing more photos from you in the future.

Here is a link that shows some of the things discussed above. The first is a tight crop with simulated fill flash to help lighten the face. The second simulates a fast aperture to reduce the depth of field and blur the background. (In this case the grass)


Message edited by author 2005-05-24 13:41:07.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2005 09:28:26 PM
An implied triangle with two great subjects. The girl is simply adorable. Bump.
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05/17/2005 09:45:14 AM
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05/16/2005 10:27:48 PM
Que linda!
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05/16/2005 05:35:21 PM
Sweet, but slightly eerie. Monochrome was a good choice.
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05/16/2005 01:09:54 PM
This is a fine example of framing within a frame. The 'v' of the tree really focuses your viewer to look at your beautiful subject. Good job!
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05/15/2005 12:01:28 AM
wonderful point of view -- love the photojournalistic feel 10
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05/13/2005 05:40:06 PM
I'm new to this website. But after I went through all the pictures, I have to say this is my favorite one. Two thumbs way up!
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05/12/2005 09:50:55 AM
grat picture
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05/11/2005 05:54:42 PM
I REALLY like this photo--she is playing peek-a-boo with the camera. What a candid shot!
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05/11/2005 05:33:40 PM
what a beautiful shot, very good. I hope you do well, becuause the shot is technically good, and I like very much its uniqueness to the challenge. Im givin it an 8, the first one of the day.

Ok, i went back through and gave this a nine with only two others, no tens. I love everything about this picture. Everything here is good, the subject, the expression, the tree, and the idea. Good Luck, if this doesn't make the top 10 I will be very dissappointed, personally I think #1.
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05/11/2005 01:17:09 PM
What a sweet photo. She is precious. Good fit for the challenge too!
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