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The Pout - Works Every Time
The Pout - Works Every Time

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Westminster MA
Date: Nov 19, 2005
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

You might recognize her, took the risk because this shot was too good to miss. Tossed my awesome landscape shot to enter this in the Free Study. My stepdaughter, and I caught her pulling "the pout" wich is cute as hell and terribly effective because of it.

Rotate, a little levels to brighten, selective desat to bring attention only to her expression and eyes, neatimage, bitty clone to remove a glint of shiny hair, a touch up around the upper lip area (some playground dirt and shes a hairy little monkey), a little burn to mute distracting highlight in the background, a little selective gaus. blur to eliminate blotchy skin tones, size for web, sharpen. Last minute edit of Softglow filter (GIMP).

Place: 228 out of 519
Avg (all users): 5.6051
Avg (commenters): 7.0909
Avg (participants): 5.5198
Avg (non-participants): 5.8378
Views since voting: 1546
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 276
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/26/2005 07:47:01 PM
She has beautiful eyes! Lovely portrait!

Edit to change love to lovely.

Message edited by author 2005-12-30 13:44:36.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:03:09 PM
I remember living with that look!
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12/07/2005 12:11:25 PM
Darling girl. The way her hat sits on her head and the color of her eyes is what makes this photo great for me. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/05/2005 05:50:31 PM
the background is a little distracting... cute kid :0)
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12/04/2005 10:22:43 PM
Cute little girl with capturing eyes.
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12/04/2005 06:31:16 PM
great shot....10...Normally I guess you would ps out the reflections in her eyes?
Beautiful child.
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12/04/2005 12:59:46 AM
Good luck on your entry.
12/02/2005 06:40:16 PM
They got a secret button somewhere. . . I just know it! Beautiful, beautiful shot. BOL 8
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12/02/2005 01:58:04 AM
This is an image that is good for the family album. Although as a portrat or snap, it doesn't do much, it lacks a buzz, technically it looks fine, but it lacks some umph. Maybe if she stuck out her tongue, all in all a little grey.
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12/01/2005 05:51:02 PM
It does work indeed. Beautiful expression. Good luck with the challenge
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12/01/2005 10:18:42 AM
A very good shot and very different departure from the typical smiling child. I like that you chose to show a different emotion here. And boy, have I seen that pout on my own kids and even though it tugs on the heartstrings they DON'T always get what they want. Now back to the image, I have two critiques on this shot. One there is too much background in this shot and it serves to take attention & focus away from the main subject which is that pouting face. A tight crop specifically framing the head only would capture and keep our attention where it needs to be. Second, I really think that this shot would be better in B&W just to add a classic portrature look to it.
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12/01/2005 09:05:11 AM
This is so soft and lovely; love the eyes! - 9
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