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After a days play
After a days play

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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Location: My Backyard, Happy Valley, South Australia
Date: Jan 7, 2007
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2007

This one is very nervous for me. I hate taking portraits as I feel I dont do them well. I am also learning the ropes of CS2 & this is my first attempt at B&W.
Photo is of my 14 month Daughter, Bianca, out doors, under the kids Cubby house's Veranda. (Y'know, I could of got her dressed up, put her in front of some nice lighting & got her to pose, but with the messy hair & playing outside, well this is just her. I suppose its a thing that only a father can understand)
No flash/artificial light, just using the fading (& overcast) natural light.
Post processing:
Cropped, adjust Saturation layer, adjust hue/saturation layer, resized, saved for web & submitted.

Here's hoping for some good CC (not too fussed about score). Anything to help me in my plight to learn

Place: 259 out of 491
Avg (all users): 5.1582
Avg (commenters): 5.2000
Avg (participants): 5.0150
Avg (non-participants): 5.2744
Views since voting: 645
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 297
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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01/22/2007 08:22:25 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Ashley,

Welcome to DPC. Congratulations on your second submission.

As you mention in your comments - this is a lovely, relaxed, accessible candid shot (okay, you didn't use those words, but this is what I understood). Everyone can identify with this shot. I like how you have framed the arms so they lead towards the face. And I loe the lightly tussled hair - all wonderfully soft and gentle.

I think there are two main areas where the voters have marked you down. As luv2photo commented, it has a slight feel of being a snapshot. Nothing wrong with that when capturing a memory, but DPC voters like to feel people have made an effort for the challenge. The secord area is the eyes. There are exceptiosn, but usually it is the eyes that make a portrait work - they really enable the viewer to engage with the subject. I think you would have done loads better if you could hae got her to look at the camera. No need for fancy clothes and poses - just capture those eyes.

It is my hope that these insights are helpful and constructive. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so. Good luck with future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2007 11:41:14 PM
Cute baby! Love the eyelashes.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/11/2007 10:44:42 PM
so soft and innocent
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01/11/2007 01:31:16 AM
Not focused at eyes.
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01/10/2007 05:08:16 PM
It just doesn't fall as a portrait for me. Very cute snapshot!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2007 12:11:03 PM
very nice. And I like how you used selective focus/blur
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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