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My Smile for Friday
My Smile for Friday

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Challenge: The Smile (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Children
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Date: Aug 10, 2012
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2012

I know this is not technically perfect... I wasn't even thinking of a challenge, or even getting great pictures as I started playing around with Reagan (whose 3), doing what she loves best when she comes over every Friday: posing for pictures. I was experimenting with my new 85mm 1.8 lens, & had my aperture on 1.8 just to test how shallow I could go with my depth of field. Not even thinking serious.

But when I saw how cute she was posing, I thought of the Smile challenge, & asked her, "Hey, Rea-Rea, wanna be in a photo contest where they are wanting the best smile ever???"... "Yes, please...." and she turned it on! Too bad I kept my aperture on 1.8 so it's really softer than I wish it was -- but -- I can't help it, I think it is in fact the best smile ever, so I'm entering it - technically imperfect, high scoring worthy or not. She and her smile are perfect 10's in my heart!

Place: 43 out of 71
Avg (all users): 5.7615
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.4054
Avg (non-participants): 5.9444
Views since voting: 406
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 109
Comments: 7
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08/20/2012 07:11:35 AM
Quite a compelling portrait that really shows off your excellent photography skills. The glamour processing is beautiful except for her eyes, and only the whites at that, which seem overdone a bit. Her irises are lovely and you bring out nice detail in them. The softness is fine for a subject of this age, imo, and I love how her hair fans out in the square format. Little girl grows up early seems to be the story and you brought it out in her well.
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08/20/2012 12:40:35 AM
lovely story Sandy, shes a cutie for sure.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2012 02:29:16 PM
Beautiful girl! Totally gorgeous, in fact. But, her smile looks forced... and not spontaneous.

Love the processing and composition.

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08/18/2012 09:14:56 AM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Love the wind blown look for it projects a carefree mood -a perfect compliment to childhood. A very lovely portrait of this little girl.
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08/16/2012 11:35:29 AM
She is simply gorgeous - the smile is just too fake for me
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08/14/2012 04:52:01 AM

Message edited by author 2012-08-20 02:22:59.
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08/13/2012 10:31:41 AM
Cute girl and a nice style of portrait. To me, her smile looks very forced.
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