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new year's resolution ? mm.....   be happy !   =)
new year's resolution ? mm..... be happy ! =)

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Challenge: New Year's Resolution II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
Location: San Bernardo, Municipio El Oro, Durango. Mexico
Date: Jan 3, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/395s
Galleries: Nature, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2004

Portrait of my little niece (Alondra) =)
- Some PS adjustment: crop, levels and border

Place: 57 out of 169
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01/20/2004 11:21:53 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
What a wonderful smile of the girl! Like her pose too, makes the image dynamic. Don't like the fishermen at the left and the large amount of space at the right though.

Even without the title, this image speaks of happiness: your niece looks just great and one can hear her laugh and giggle. Really greatly captured.
What could be improved here is the focal point of the image: its just the girl and everything else is un-important. The fishermen disturb, because they don't add to "happiness" but the viewer see them and so he/she wants to know what they are doing, thus he/she is taken away from the girl.
The nice river also does not add much here, mainly because the girl is not looking at it, she is just looking straight to the camera. If she would look along the river, than showing the river would have been a wise choice.
So here I would recommend a very tight crop, so tight that the branches held by the fishermen look like they are from some trees. Of course, such strong cropping only works if the image resolution permits this.

Camera work -technically
The girl is a little overexposed, especially at the pink shirt and the face. Otherwise exposure looks fine. Focus is set well too, that the image is somewhat soft is more a software problem.

Digital Processing - Technical
Could need some more sharpening. The border is nothing special here: I almost didn't notice it, because it's so thin.

Fits the challenge
Yes, including the title it does fit very well and one of the best resolutions actually!

Good luck for your upcoming submissions
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/13/2004 07:52:49 PM
too cute....interesting how the people are fishing right into her head! great use of rule of thirds w/the little girl!
01/13/2004 10:55:10 AM
What a cutie! The arms or something on the top left are a little distracting, but didn't look like they could be cropped out?! I still love this - Her smile is very sweet.
01/13/2004 07:56:13 AM
Makes you smile
01/13/2004 03:02:17 AM
Very happy expression on the face of the subject. The two arms in the corner are very distracting.
01/11/2004 10:16:26 PM
Great composition. The lighting is nice and warm. The cute girl's smile is beautiful.
01/11/2004 08:42:53 PM
She certainly does look happy - we could all resolve to be this happy at least some of the time this year. I think the light on the girl is too bright, with the hot spots on her sweater, especially in contrast to the lower key lighting on the water.
01/11/2004 04:49:18 AM
Well put together shot.
01/10/2004 01:45:12 PM
Cute and nice.
01/09/2004 02:00:13 PM
Fisherman on the left is a little distracting, but very cute photo and subject!
01/09/2004 12:12:39 PM
nice picture but think the contrast is to much
01/08/2004 01:25:56 PM
a tighter crop would have taken this to a higher level!
01/08/2004 12:05:37 PM
Beautiful portrait and lovely setting. Glad you didn't blurr the background...they compliment each other so well.
01/08/2004 10:58:18 AM
Great expression from the child. Nice colours and tone. Composition good, but wish the fisherman and branches in middle ground weren't there of course, and I might have cropped it so she were 1/3 from the left rather than 1/4. Illustrates the theme.
01/07/2004 10:12:41 PM
Cute little girl, nice focus DOF. The rocks look good too. The fishing pole arms are mildly distracting.
01/07/2004 08:52:31 PM
What a great picture of a cute little girl. I would LOVE to see this in Black and White. I bet it would be awesome.
01/07/2004 08:05:00 PM
I bet this would be spectacular in black and white! Try it and I bet you'll hang it on your wall.
01/07/2004 03:09:53 PM
Works well except for the arms in the upper left. I would have gone for a crop there.
01/07/2004 02:19:15 PM
cute picture. I think that the hands fishing in the background detract from the picture though.
01/07/2004 12:55:53 PM
Good pic! I love this happy child and bakground
01/07/2004 10:43:39 AM
Did you really want the arms in the left top of your picture? Cute little girl. Nice location and pose.
01/07/2004 02:50:30 AM
Nice photo, good idea! Only gripe is the other person in the top left hand side, they draw my eyes.
01/07/2004 01:12:03 AM
sounds like a good resolution to me...what an adorable pose and smile...nice shot. 8

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