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Little Miss Serious
Little Miss Serious

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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Location: Woods/Creek behind house
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2005

Neighbors Daughter. She is a sweet thing and reminds me of Shirly Temple. One of my favorite subjects to shoot. Prolly gonna get dinged for missing the right side of her hair, but it was a fast snap, and that is how it went down...

Just in case anyone comes back...
Thanks! I have never gotten so many comments.
For the "too soft" comments. I might have had a bit of camera shake because it was soft (my Pentax 50mm is razor sharp starting at f2.0) So I had to PP to get it to where it is.
for the "Dodge the eyes crowd" I did! A lot! It was a fast/candid snapshot backlit, not setup. If it had been I would have used flash.

Thanks for getting me to 30 comments. I took a bot of bit a hiatus fromk submitting and suddenly found that I could barely crack the 50% mark, so I am happy to be in 80% again.

Place: 58 out of 284
Avg (all users): 5.9865
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.7606
Avg (non-participants): 6.1935
Views since voting: 1231
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 297
Comments: 31
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 06:38:14 PM
great photo! I really love the colors and light, the eyes seem a tad out of focus but still not distracting, beautiful portrait :)......Best of luck ;)
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09/18/2005 12:38:02 PM
Well-captured "Shirley Temple" look : )
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09/18/2005 06:20:19 AM
Part of me loves the lack of DOF, but the other part wishes more of her were in focus...either way the expression/model and lighting are superb. Adorable.
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09/17/2005 11:12:34 AM
The selective sharpness effect has a good impact. There are a few blown out white spots (and one of them looks like it's been burned to correct it; there is a more effective way to get rid of those blown out whites, write to me if you wish to know how I fix them) and the eyes are too dark compared to the rest of the image, since they should be the main focus of a portrait. Nevertheless, this is a sweet portrait with a good composition.
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09/17/2005 05:03:09 AM
Absolutely gorgeous child, and she is just lovely in the soft light. Depth of field seems razor thin - I honestly would have loved to have seen more sharpness on all those tendrils of hair in the light. Beautiful shot though!
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09/17/2005 12:55:11 AM
this is great, just wish I could see the eye detail better. try dodging a little in the eyes..
09/16/2005 02:10:59 AM
face feels too dark, particularly around the eyes, maybe dodge there a little to bring the shadows up, then the eyes themselves to give them a little "pop"? Cute girl, I'll bet it was fun to spend time with her no matter what I think of the photo! :-)
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09/15/2005 09:35:02 PM
What a soft, sweet portrait. Those eyes! wish they were just a tad bit lighter, but really, be proud of this shot. 8
09/15/2005 06:31:54 PM
oooh the glow is delicious!
09/15/2005 04:44:54 PM
What a doll, nice capture, looks like a hint of fruit punch on those lips ;) 8
09/15/2005 10:52:22 AM
great capture and excellet depth of field. seems a bit dark on her face.
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09/15/2005 07:40:59 AM
niuce shot, wish her eyes were a bit more punchier, currently a little on the dark side. great DOF. 6/10
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09/15/2005 05:37:00 AM
Classic elegance in a children's portrait
09/14/2005 08:07:17 PM
great image... depth of field is a little too shallow for me but otherwise well done... :)
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09/14/2005 02:24:59 PM
very nice shot but just a little too soft
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09/14/2005 01:42:02 AM
Wow great shot! Love the clarity and lighting it makes her look like a little angel.
09/13/2005 10:33:04 AM
oh so cute, her little freckles on her nose. She reminds me of the little models they use for pears soap. beautiful, good luck
09/13/2005 12:07:43 AM
Beautifully executed. She's adorable.
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09/12/2005 10:51:09 PM
Those curls AND big blue eyes, What a cutie! Great shot. The flowers on the dress are a bit distracting but its Very nice!
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09/12/2005 05:08:20 PM
lovely little girl, great expression. I would have like to see a catch light in her eye. Without it the eyes look "dead" It looks like there may be a faint one, you might try and enhance it with your dodging tool. The catch light is one of the most important parts of a portrait.
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09/12/2005 04:52:38 PM
beautiful little girl
09/12/2005 02:31:54 PM
She is too cute to be real! What a PERFECT specimen of "little girl" !!! Good luck!
09/12/2005 12:18:09 PM
Beautiful child! Would like to see more light on her face to get those beautiful blue to pop out. Low light also causes reddness in the face...this little lady looks like she has a sunburn.
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09/12/2005 11:26:02 AM
What a beauty! I think this would be more effective if you cropped her from the neck down, concentrating on those apple cheeks and big eyes. Maybe a different angle to get some light into those eyes?
09/12/2005 10:15:36 AM
She's gorgeous! A fill-in flash and a bit more of DOF would have made this better!
09/12/2005 09:38:36 AM
need a reflector to bounce light back to her eyes,
09/12/2005 09:03:20 AM
Beautiful, looks like a porcelain doll! A little bit of fill flash would add a catchlight in her eyes, making her look more lively. 7
09/12/2005 08:46:23 AM
Her bangs seem to be the focal point, indicating misfocus. Traditionally, eyes are the sharpest and most important feature in portraiture.
09/12/2005 08:21:23 AM

Message edited by author 2005-10-05 09:46:58.
09/12/2005 01:05:54 AM
What a BEAUTIFUL little girl! I LOVE the curls and the expression. Would have been a 10 if the focus was better, and the eyes were better lit, but a 7. Its cute!
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09/12/2005 12:51:48 AM
She looks serious enough to me, Im scared to vote against her! Well done, very nice.

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