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My Pride and My Joy
My Pride and My Joy

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Challenge: Giving Thanks (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus D-550Z
Location: Grandmas Richardsons House
Date: Nov 27, 2003
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10/20
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2003

My beautiful wife and son on Thanksgiving day. What more can a man ask for on his birthday?

Place: 37 out of 56
Avg (all users): 5.3964
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.1667
Avg (non-participants): 5.5362
Views since voting: 1080
Votes: 111
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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12/06/2003 01:16:56 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

Fantastic subject, it makes a connection with the viewer, not in a specific sense necessarily but in general at the very least.

I like the choice of B&W, I find it really works well to convey emotions because there is no color splashes to distract.

The perspective is great, definitely out of the norm and really adds a nice unexpected element to the photo.

The lighting is adequate, but I agree with some of the other commenters in that the overall tone of the photo is very dark, which mutes some of the emotional impact. I would also recommend increasing the light while diffusing it - thereby increasing the soft focus/tone. This I think will give more flattering shadows and highlights instead of the somewhat harsher light currently shown.

Your son looks very comfortable and natural, great smile you can really see an engaging personality there. Your wife also has a nice beauty, but it looks as though she is a little uncomfortable pose-wise - I think this comes out in her slightly strained smile and odd neck position - perhaps if her chin was tucked down towards her neck it might look more natural.

I like the focus in this - it has a softer quality which I think really helps embody and portray the feeling behind the image. I think a sharp focus would have stifled this aspect.

Over all a great photo for the challenge and it stands alone very well too. You're a lucky person to have a great family like this and it shows in this image! Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2003 07:24:04 PM
another one of those doubles that always amaze me as I don't know how to do it
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12/04/2003 10:11:42 PM
I love the delicate highlights and the slightly soft focus for this. The catchlights in their eyes make it seem very intimate. Your choice of b/w was great! You earned a 10 in my book.
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12/02/2003 09:23:11 PM
An interesting composition, but the light seems very hard and contrasty for the emotion you\'re portraying.
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12/02/2003 12:54:52 AM
This is really nice. The angles of the heads, the smiles. Some more even and perhaps diffused light would make this even better, perhaps, and held just slightly higher to even out the shadows. Still I like this photo's emotive quality.
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11/29/2003 04:08:49 PM
What an adorable portrait!! I see lots of love in this photo! Well done...
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11/29/2003 10:43:20 AM
Bad Points: Grain, not enough to be arty, too much to be nice. The womans head looks strained.
Good Points: Nice composition idea, only let down by the womans pose
Overall Score: 5
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11/29/2003 10:22:34 AM
The non-traditional angle is interesting and does add something to it. It seems a little darkly lit so I'm wondering if this was using a high ISO hence some of the noise on the skin tones. With black and white images there really needs to be a little more contrast or else have much more dramatic lighting.
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11/29/2003 12:35:39 AM
A nice shot, a bit grainy and cropped just a bit tight on the top and bottom. An 8
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