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The Princess and the Pea...."Why is this bed so uncomfortable?!?!"
The Princess and the Pea...."Why is this bed so uncomfortable?!?!"

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Challenge: Fairy Tales III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A330
Lens: Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical for Minolta
Location: ellensburg, wa
Date: Sep 26, 2010
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2010

picture of my chy baby recreating the story of the princess and the pea....i told her to give me a real grumpy face like if her little baby brother was crying all night and keeping her up and this is what she did..... two years olds...you just gotta love them !! brightened and enhanced the color and exposure a bit, added a light matte around the edges, cloned around and on the "pea" a bit to clean it up, brightened her eyes and face a bit, rotated added a border, resized, and cropped.

Place: 20 out of 65
Avg (all users): 5.8981
Avg (commenters): 7.3077
Avg (participants): 5.5122
Avg (non-participants): 6.0345
Views since voting: 1602
Views during voting: 394
Votes: 157
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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10/06/2010 11:33:46 AM
Hi, Critique Club checking in at your request! I will say that this is all completely subjective, so I hope you find something useful in here.

Overall impression, this is a very cute take on the theme. Baby/Child shots are a marmite subject on this site, some love them and some hate them no matter how good the shot. That explains a lot of the ones and twos for me. There are a couple of things I might have done differently.

Technically: The Depth of Field is good here, which is surprising at f3.5. I'm guessing you were shooting pretty much at the wide end? Equally the focus is spot on, with your model's face nicely sharp. The lighting is tricky - with all of the white of the bed and mattress, the bottom half of the picture is a lot lighter than the top, where your subject sits and I confess to finding it a little distracting on the eye.

Artistically: This is really subjective! It is a strong basic composition, and I like your use of the pink netting to isolate the 'set' from the background. The mass of different bedding colours however I find a little 'busy' - again stealing a little impact from the superb acting you are getting from your model. Her pose is excellent, and her expression is bang on - nothing you could want to change there!

PP: For an advanced editing challenge, I would be tempted to take advantage of the freedom to dodge and burn, using that to highlight the upper half, and tone down the bottom half. I am personally not a fan of the white vignette - perhaps a little gaussian blur would have done the job there instead? And the two tone border seems a little much - for me, simple is king (I have had bad experiences with borders!) and I suspect that the voters didn't really go for it either.

In summary, this is an excellent portrait of your daughter, well within the challenge theme and I would personally be quite pleased with it, if it was mine. Nice job!
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10/04/2010 03:24:38 PM
this is fantastic .. how excellent for a fairy tale image .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2010 11:36:02 PM
OMG !! She is adorable! Good idea and nice capture! 9
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10/03/2010 10:15:35 AM
The expression on her face makes this so perfect. Lovely image.
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10/02/2010 02:36:41 PM
The Princess has attitude, her expression is priceless. 10.
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10/01/2010 06:26:38 PM
Love the exaggeration of the pea and the expression on her face.
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09/30/2010 07:58:14 PM
Clever depiction of the tale!!
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09/30/2010 08:46:57 AM
Well setup, and gret job getting a good expression on her face. I definitely like the choice of the white vignetting.
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09/29/2010 08:43:38 AM
That's a rather large pea!
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09/28/2010 10:07:10 PM
Great use of baby blankets!!! I like the very soft light and all the pink! Her expression is perfect, as well.
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09/28/2010 12:01:26 PM
Such an expressive girl !
Good idea, the pea is well chosen. However, I wish the matresses were real matresses, and the picture's quality was better. I don't really like the border either. 8
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09/28/2010 01:19:34 AM
That's pretty cute. I love her expression.
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09/27/2010 01:42:56 PM
good job, I like the dreamy look aroudn the edges of the photo
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09/27/2010 11:37:40 AM
LOL!!!! That's one scary pea. Great idea and adorable child. Wish there was just a bit more lighting to give it a dreaminess and a tad more contrast.
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09/27/2010 09:09:38 AM
Very funny! Wish I had thought of this. But then I wouldn't have gotten such a great reaction as you did with this cute model.
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09/27/2010 12:35:00 AM
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