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Baby Blue Eyes
Baby Blue Eyes

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Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Whiteman Park Perth Western Australia
Date: Jul 14, 2007
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2007

A friend's baby.

Adjustment layer for levels to brighten, adjustment layers for white and blue to bring out nicer colours, merged layers, took all but one light point out of eyes with cloning and healing, pimped eyes according to idnic's tutorial, noise ninja run twice, resize, unsharp mask run twice, adjustment layer for brightness/contrast masked on bib, saved for web.

Place: 326 out of 366
Avg (all users): 4.4450
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4157
Avg (non-participants): 4.4651
Views since voting: 541
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 218
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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07/30/2007 06:38:11 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

As a parent, I don´t often know what to say on pictures of other peoples kids so I might keep this a bit short.

I think this shot was pretty underrated in this challenge but then again I can guess on why it didn´t do better. First off, the lighting doesn´t really look natural, I personally would have given you the benefit of the doubt but it looks like you lit it with some side lighting, like a monolight or off camera flash. Like I said, I would have given you the benefit of the doubt but a lot of DPC voters are pretty anal when it comes to things like this and would certainly have voted it down for that.

Secondly, this baby is extremely cute and has a lovely smile, definately a photo to put in the family photo album for years to come. However, it´s not really something I haven´t seen or photographed before and while this is a treasure for you and the baby´s family, for other people this is simply a snapshot of a very cute baby, there are a lot of cute baby snapshot´s on DPC and I guess some people are tired of seeing them and vote down because of that. I am not fed up, far from it since I love kids and me and Henný are probably not done yet, but if you want a better score, try to make your baby photos a bit less "snapshot-ish" :)

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.

Message edited by author 2007-07-30 07:17:43.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2007 05:19:50 AM
great focus and lighting, so natural as it is supposed to be, even down to the dribble around her mouth, (going by the pink)really like this one ~10
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