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Thankful for my Family
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rj324


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Challenge: Giving Thanks (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Home
Date: Nov 28, 2003
Aperture: 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2003

Me, my daughters Jenine & Jenika, and my wife Jenifer. Yes, I’m thankful for my family because they’re always there for me. My first DPC submission on my new Canon EOS-300D with the lens kit.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 56
Avg (all users): 6.8833
Avg (commenters): 7.6296
Avg (participants): 6.2857
Avg (non-participants): 7.2051
Views since voting: 3596
Votes: 120
Comments: 42
Favorites: 0


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12/11/2003 08:43:00 AM
Hello from the Critique Club!

This is a wonderful shot of you and your family and as seen by the ribbon several others think so too. But since you did ask for this critique, here goes.

I worked for a portrait studio for over 4 years, my husband was the photographer and I did pick up a few clues along the way. First, the youngest daughter could be slightly lower than the oldest daughter, putting them at the same level provides a bridge between you and your wife but their head sizes don't match and is a tad bit distracting. Another way to set this up would be to stair step from your youngest to your oldest to your wife with you in the back bringing the line around and making it more a vertical portrait instead of a horizontal one. Also her dress is a bit rumpled where you are holding her, if she was sitting on her own seat or stool that wouldn't happen.

The hair blends into the background also. Either a back light or a spot light from above would highlight the top of the heads seperating them from the background and giving them an ending so to speak.

This is a wonderful shot and you should be proud, the expressions are perfect and you have a beautiful family.

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

Deannda
DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
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12/10/2003 06:49:50 AM
congrats rj! good clean shot and a nice family photo... pinoy ka din ba?

keep up the good work... mabuhay!
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12/09/2003 05:12:40 PM
just had to add...great photo again, and looking at it a second time, the daughter closest to you (Jenine?) looks just like your wife, and the daughter closest to your wife (Jenika?) looks just like you! that makes the sense of family here even stronger to see the resemblance. again, well done, and congrats!
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12/06/2003 02:05:23 PM
Great portrait and a beautiful family.
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12/06/2003 10:03:17 AM
Congrats Ray, way to go. The break must have done you good!
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12/06/2003 09:32:09 AM
Beautiful portrait of your family. You deserve a ribbon for this.
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12/06/2003 09:04:01 AM
Congrats on the yellow! :-)
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12/06/2003 08:38:20 AM
Congratulations on the third place - well deserved
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12/06/2003 07:10:30 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, way to go! :-)
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12/06/2003 03:33:45 AM
What a great way to start with your new camera. Congrats.
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12/06/2003 03:00:08 AM
First ribbon, congratulations
It is celebration time at the Javier's
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12/06/2003 02:24:48 AM
I saw this coming! Good job! and congrats on your first ribbon...more to follow I'am sure!

Richard
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12/06/2003 01:34:32 AM
Wohoo, you did it! Congratulations on a wonderful shot :)
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12/06/2003 12:14:49 AM
YA!! 300D!!!!!
Congrats. Great looking family, good shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2003 12:30:26 AM
A wonderful family portrait. My only suggestion here would be just a dash of backlight to define the dark hair from the background. You should be proud of this! 10
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12/04/2003 11:33:02 PM
Beautiful family shot with very nice light and tones. I think some back light or fill light at the top so the your hair doesn't disappear into the background would have been a nice finishing touch.
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12/04/2003 07:27:12 PM
Very nice family photo. Despite the high contrast nothing is blown out. Beautiful. 7
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12/04/2003 05:47:50 AM
Very nice family portrait.
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12/02/2003 08:59:19 PM
An attractive family, well photographed.
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12/02/2003 04:06:31 AM
This is an attractive family group - one for the album!
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12/01/2003 11:30:36 PM
And a beautiful family you have! :) 9
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12/01/2003 05:50:43 PM
great photo, beatutiful family- 9
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12/01/2003 09:22:50 AM
Nice family portrait.
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12/01/2003 07:38:54 AM
Bad points: saturation is just a tad to high. Black frame would be better.
Good points: well composed.
Overall Score: 6
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11/30/2003 07:46:52 PM
Good shot. The background isn't the best one for this kind of shot, the hair all blends into it (at least on my screen). White clothing all blend as well, but that isn't a bad thing.
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11/30/2003 08:34:28 AM
a good family portrait, the subject on the far right hair kind of is off from the rest but other than that it's a good.
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11/30/2003 12:20:20 AM
A nice family portrait and a good looking family
nice clear image and certainly something to be thankful for
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11/29/2003 04:10:00 PM
What a beautiful family! Count your blessings each day!! I have three boys and it is wonderful to be a Dad...
JD
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11/29/2003 01:04:24 PM
There you are, all dressed in white! Lovely family! I like the portrait, up-front composition for this. It is a formal presentation. The white reminds me of heaven, as if you were presenting your gratitude to a higher being.
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11/29/2003 12:36:55 PM
A really nice portrait :)
9
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11/29/2003 12:32:44 PM
Nice family, beautiful portrait
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11/29/2003 11:09:29 AM
Wonderful family shot. good looking people! 10
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11/29/2003 10:27:23 AM
beautiful family....I can see why you are so thankful....
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11/29/2003 10:02:31 AM
a very beautiful family to be grateful for
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11/29/2003 09:58:00 AM
Very nice family portrait. I wouldn't change a thing.
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11/29/2003 09:16:16 AM
Very good pic and a nice family.
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11/29/2003 05:36:25 AM
A beautiful family and portrait. I think I would have preferred a slightly lighter backround to help define the hair on each of the subjects. The skin tones are very good and I like the expression of the little one! Very nice.
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11/29/2003 04:05:48 AM
Very nice portrait indeed. Considering the range of colour this is well lit with good detail. It's a strong composition and you all look very unified and earnest.

Top job - and you have a lovely, friendly, decent looking family! ; ) [10]
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11/29/2003 02:41:20 AM
Nice image, but the family doesn't seem to happy about having to take a picture.
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11/29/2003 12:46:07 AM
This is a wonderful shot, you have a beautiful family, the lighting is excellent, good job
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11/29/2003 12:43:04 AM
Right and a very very beautiful family it is! Fantastic with the white and the black hair. Beautiful lighting, focus and composition. Love this. Nice shot, great looking family shot.
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11/29/2003 12:20:57 AM
And what a lovely family ou have. Very well done, A 9
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