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My Son...

My Son on Easter during a (rare) calm moment. Thanks for your critiques and advice!

Photographer

kstacey
  • 30

Camera

  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
  • 50mm
  • f/1.4
  • ISO 400
  • 1/2000s

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  • 4

    Critique

    Impression

    Autumn. Cute. Pensive little guy!

    What I liked

    I love the warm colors. I also like how you framed it. It makes you wonder, "what's he looking at? What's he thinking?" I like how well his shirt goes well with the background. I feel like this photo is part of a story. It makes me want to know what he was doing before. DOF I like. :D

    Advice

    I think you could crop it just a little closer, but that's just me. It's already pretty good as it is. I also think you could probably play around with this a lot more in post. I feel like you can get a few different feelings out of just this one photo. I'm curious as to what it would look like in B/W, or some other styles.

    Comments

    • kstacey Thanks Rebecca! Your right I should try this in some different styles
  • 4

    Critique

    Impression

    The calmness and the natural pose speaks to me.

    What I liked

    I love natural portraits. You captured your son very well, in a pose where he seems at ease. I usually don't like posing to much, when it comes to kids. Composition and background works really well.

    Advice

    I see you used a very low f-stop. Because of that I can't really see what's sharp or what's meant to be sharp. Spontaneously I wish the whole kid was sharp, especially the little we see of his face. If you were going to show especially what's on the shirt, I wish you would've used a slightly different angle, to make the viewer's eye go to the shirt. Right now it goes to his eyes. It does create a very nice bokeh, but don't be afraid to use smaller apertures. Bokeh is usually still very nice even if you shoot at 2.2 (especially whenthe background is far away, like it seems to be in this picture). What you gain in sharpness, I think is worth what you lose in bokeh. Another thing: I really like what you've done with the colors. It feels very warm and vibrant, and I like that. Just be careful with tweaking too much with colors, because right now he has this large red spot in his neck, that disturbs me a bit. Looking forward to see more from you.

    Comments

    • kstacey Thanks for the advice SaraElin, You are right I should have been shooting at a smaller aperature... I will keep that im mind. As to the red spot on the neck I really did not do anything in processing to warm the image up. I think that is a reflection of the red shirt- I could fix that in post. Thanks again!
    • SaraElin Ah, my bad... Anyway, a beautiful shot. :)

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