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Collection: My Family
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] macro for Canon
Date: Aug 5, 2010
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2010

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I totally love this shot. I think it is a great candid shot. A little different than most candids as it is really dark black and whites. It reminds me of older photographs. My parents pretty much hate it, haven't heard back at all from my brother, so I am presuming he is not that keen on it too. But this shot, I will print and put on my wall.

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08/06/2010 06:58:02 AM
You must keep for multiple reasons: it is energetic and dynamic; it leaves the viewer looking as nothing is obvious in this image; it shows the connection between the photographer and the subject (after all, how close can a stranger photog get to a child); and last but not least, this diagonal look obscured by her hair is dynamite.

Message edited by author 2010-08-07 10:18:45.
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08/06/2010 02:28:41 AM
lol. reminds me of taking pics of my grandparents a couple years back.

You like it, so it's not definitively bad, but here are some things that they might not like that I saw:

#1 - good lighting in the BG, but it seems unbalanced with overly strong darkness in her clothing. A touch lighter there would probably go a long way. It pulls too hard on the balance of the overall pic, compared to the edges which have nice framing and a positive effect on the balance of the comp.

#2 - Her hair - grandparents don't like messy hair. It's ok in the back, but on the left side of her face... not so good.

#3 - Her eyes - kind of related to the hair. The eye on the left (her right) is totally obscured and the eye on the right looks weird.

#4 - the lighting - too much of her face is in shadow. The hair also creates unusual shadows.

Other than that, the processing looks acceptable. I don't much care for the bokeh on that lens, but that's not something they would notice.
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08/06/2010 12:41:23 AM
I think it's a really great, natural looking shot.

Like others have said, it's not your standard child portrait, but for me it's far better than that, it's got real character and life rather than than the usual fake posed smile.

It also interestingly has a feel of a past era to it, reminds me of something from the 40's or 50's, in a good way :)

I think what could be putting people off the shot is that it does have a slight "Hitchcock" feel to it, I think it's the black and white, and in particular the lighting.

All in all, great shot, much better and more interesting to look at then your average studio portrait!
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08/05/2010 11:47:13 PM
I've seen this type of shot before...just can't remember where. Some celebrity I think.

Not the typical shot, but nothing "off" about it at all.
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08/05/2010 11:22:55 PM
I like this shot. It's got moody contrast, but nothing ominous. Considering how many shots I've seen of babies where the kid looks demented but people love it anyway, I don't really understand why anybody would have reservations on this shot.
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08/05/2010 10:55:30 PM
I like it. I think it that its not the standard portrait shot which is why i like it so. I can see why it gives your parents the heebee jeebees (I think that is how you spell it) because of the deep black and white makes everything look a bit mysterious. But I like it!
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