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
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" :)