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Portrait of a Personality
Portrait of a Personality
MamaPhotoGeek


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Date: Jul 14, 2007
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180 sec.
Galleries: Candid, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2007

I took this photograph outdoors in my parents' backyard. My cousin's daughter was playing in the water while eating a lollipop from her bag of party treats when I took this photograph of her.

The photo is more of a candid, but this girl always has something in her mouth, and this photo really personifies her nature so well that I consider it a portrait of her personality.

EDITING:
Duplicate Layer Screen 20%
Levels adjustment for Contrast
Sepia layer at 2% opacity

Statistics
Place: 244 out of 366
Avg (all users): 5.1296
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.8313
Avg (non-participants): 5.3158
Views since voting: 553
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 216
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
07/30/2007 11:22:08 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

Well first of all I think it meets the challenge, no doubt. However, this is one of those photos I would just vote a 5 and move on to the next photo without commenting. It´s simply not a good photo but it´s also far from bad. It´s to me just a snapshot of a kid I don´t know, sure, would look good in the family album but it doesn´t say anything to me. The girl is of course very cute and you caught a good moment there, but still, the image has got a very snap-shotish look to it.

I totally agree with all three comments you got during the challenge, I also couldn´t make out what was in ther mouth until I read your comment about the photo and I also think the backround is distracting.

Ooops, hit "post" before I was finished, anyway, to continue...

Again, this is not a bad photo but the almost centered composition, the paper in the mouth and that chair that is so prominent in the backround just are not really winning me over and I suspect many people did what I would have done, voted a 4-6 vote and just moved on to the next photo. What you need to do to really do well in challenges here is simply to blow the socks off the voters and make your image memorable or connect to them in some way. Best way to do that is for starters have the subject look at you when you are shooting a portrait and try to have the photo as simple as possible, focus on eyes, no distracting objects like the paper or the chair in the backround.

Just keep at it, this is a nice start at DPC and far from bad so I hope to see more from you in the future, welcome to DPC!

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.

Message edited by author 2007-07-30 11:26:53.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2007 06:32:30 PM
You have a sweet model, but this photo would be so much nicer if she didn't have that paper(?)in her mouth!
07/21/2007 12:11:43 AM
I cant tell what is in her mouth
07/18/2007 02:25:16 PM
Back ground is distracting attention from this cutie.


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