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Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2005

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01/31/2005 11:58:47 PM
I like this photo a lot! not the normal, makes one think.
-in my favs!
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01/31/2005 09:39:07 PM
Originally posted by Beetle:

If this is meant as a family portrait, I would like to see him looking happy, or at least "ok" with having Junior on his back.


looks more like a very well shot candid to me as opposed to a setup portrait.

I like it a lot. The man's expression is a little aloof, but it works in this context.

Nice work :-)
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01/31/2005 09:29:45 PM
Thank you to all who commented on this shot both good and bad. After all, the more in depth critiques are what you learn from right!
01/31/2005 04:54:51 PM
I agree to some extent with everyonehere. The shot of the boy is great. His facial expression invites you into the picture. However the Father seems like he's saying "did you take the picture yet?" so that he can get his son off his back. Very contrasting thoughts. "come in closer, back away". Makes it very disconcerting.

Also, this is not a pure B/W photo - don't know what you were going for, but you need deeper shadows. Try switching the picture to grayscale to remove the color, then do adjustment levels to make the shadows richer. Then convert back to RGB so that you can add in sepia tones if you desire.

For poses, I'd have dad face the camera at least in 3/4 profile, with a smile on his face. It's is son he's holding. Not a reptile. :)
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01/31/2005 04:37:58 PM
You did ask for comments in the forum, I hope you're ok with a negative one, too.

I am sorry, but I don't like it.

I don't like the color and I don't like the shadows (?) in front of Dad's face.

However, those are minor issues compared to Dad's expression.
To my eyes, he looks uninterested at best - hostile if you ask me.
He seems to say :"Get off me, and let me out of here. Now."

If this is meant as a family portrait, I would like to see him looking happy, or at least "ok" with having Junior on his back.

I do like the way the boy is looking straight into the camera, though.
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01/31/2005 04:01:04 PM
I like this a lot. The look of the boy directly into the camera, with a few slight catch lights from the soft lighting makes a great impact. I wish the father was more in focus, but he's really not the focus of the shot IMO.
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01/31/2005 03:56:04 PM
Very warm picture. Like the setup, would like to see it sharper though.
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01/31/2005 03:55:00 PM
The boys clear, welcoming gaze, safe on the back of dad (?) just couldn't be better. What a great take on the family connections. I am not that skilled in B & W to offer much advice. Perhaps a slightly wider tonal range or playing with shadows and light to take it even the next step further? You achieved a beautiful soft glow on the left side of the boy. Fantasitc job!!
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