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Boy on the Beach
Boy on the Beach

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Location: Leigh On Sea
Date: Sep 4, 2010
ISO: 80
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2010

[Oct. 5th, 2010 06:27:29 PM]

This is a shot of my son Nathaniel on a beach in Leigh on Sea, Essex, England.

I'm particularly pleased with it as it was taken with my Canon G11 Compact camera and my 430EX flash connected via a hot shoe cable and so the whole kit for this shot fit in a tiny compact carry case rather then my usual 15Kg kit rucksack!

So I used Manual exposure and exposed the shot for the sky, then added the flash held as far as I could to camera left pointing at Nathan. I have long arms so this worked ok to get enough direction on the off camera flash.

Many thanks for the votes and comments, I have this on a 16x12 print in my office and I must say that the little G11 is a very capable camera both in terms of control and output quality.

Place: 18 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.5896
Avg (commenters): 7.6364
Avg (participants): 6.6569
Avg (non-participants): 6.3750
Views since voting: 1746
Views during voting: 259
Votes: 134
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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10/09/2010 07:14:13 AM
Thanks for all the comments

In response to Jedusi's very detailed comment - I did consider the foot in the composition but it did look better with it cropped out, I was very aware of the foot but it just felt better with the slight crop, it was almost like I'd squeezed him in with the full foot
Included but as soon as it was slightly cropped it felt much more like a compositional choice and so worked better? It's an interesting point though, I was expecting a lot more comments on the foot though

I've had the g11 for a couple of months now and apart from the actual handelling being far more awkward then the 5d in terms of focus, etc.. The output quality is very good. I'd happily print the pictures at 20" and the quality would be great. The main advantage really is the off camera flash capability. It's fantastic.

Thanks again
10/09/2010 06:13:37 AM
A great shot - and doubly so as it wasn't taken on a DSLR - a good reminder of what can be achieved without carrying a ton of kit about.

I really like this shot - my only real critique is about losing his foot - and maybe - just maybe I would have considered looking at it being more of a landscape crop rather than portrait.

But still a great shot.
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10/08/2010 12:07:10 AM
This rocks. Great portrait, excellent use of the equipment to realize the vision. Very well done!
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10/08/2010 12:03:07 AM
Oh I just love this, what a cute boy, and fab pic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2010 11:43:38 PM
stunning use of perspective. jarring.
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10/07/2010 09:39:46 PM
Masterful composing. A beautiful portrait and so much more.
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10/07/2010 09:32:11 PM
Nice Composition & processing
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10/07/2010 07:33:21 PM
Not the normal child shot. This is really wonderful. 8
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10/07/2010 06:02:30 PM
Excellent portrait work. A 10 from me.
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10/03/2010 07:55:17 PM
Great B&W conversion with the lighting really makes this image work. Nice Job!
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10/03/2010 07:43:01 PM
love the feel of this shot, well done
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10/03/2010 01:20:32 PM
Lovely contrast, mood and composition to this. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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10/03/2010 12:57:19 PM
Nice environmental type portrait.
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10/01/2010 07:12:02 AM
beautiful child
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10/01/2010 03:47:48 AM
Scared face? Nice try, but I don't think the photo is "there" for what you were trying to do. 5
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