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Summer Hat (3)

Posted by
Magda (Vancouver, Canada) on 29 January 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Going through my archives... Waiting for Spring to arrive!

Hey guys, help me resuscitate the Critique Forum and make it alive again !! Putting your pictures up for a critique and giving one yourself could not only be lots of fun but also a very rewarding experience.

Oh and you might be in DANGER of learning something new !!!

So come on, stop by and let's dance !!

NIKON D80 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

Thank you so much for taking your time to visit and comment on my photographs. It is greatly appreciated! :)
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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous photographs. But that's no excuse for not shooting.

29 Jan 2010 5:36am

@john4jack: Thank you Jack! And you are so right! I better get to it! :P

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

beautiful portrait and nice processing

29 Jan 2010 6:47am

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: Thank you

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Nice smile....

29 Jan 2010 8:51am

@Joan Felix: :))

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A lovely portrait !

29 Jan 2010 9:29am

@Tamara: Thank you

Florence from Paris, France

A lovely portrait (as usual) with your little Princess !

29 Jan 2010 9:46am

@Florence: Thank you

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful little princess..

29 Jan 2010 9:51am

@Sarito: :))

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

So sweet little girl ! You're photographing mostly children, but also birds are a specialty of yours. There are also children see from you?

29 Jan 2010 12:15pm

@Loner: Thank you.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A super portrait Magda! With a smile like that I almost feel sorry for her father..... There is nothing she can't have.... ;-))

29 Jan 2010 12:42pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric! Oh yes, daddy is scared already! LOL

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

There is lots of charm and warmth in this portrait Magda, and the toning gives it a timeless quality.

29 Jan 2010 2:04pm

@Curly: Thank you very much

Barbara Manners from Toronto, Canada

I love this one!!

29 Jan 2010 3:51pm

@Barbara Manners: Thank you

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Beautiful portrait of this oh-so-pretty little girl.

29 Jan 2010 4:00pm

@Susan: Thank you so much Susan

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a classic portrait ...... and I still love the little ladybug! :D

29 Jan 2010 4:47pm

@Judy: Thank you! :))

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Another perfect portrait Magda ~ have just noticed the ladybug

29 Jan 2010 4:48pm

@LESLIE: ;) Thank you

Kam from Cancun, Mexico

Gorgeous

29 Jan 2010 5:39pm

@Kam: Thank you

jpla from St-Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

Joli portrait ! Bonne soirée.
JP

29 Jan 2010 5:42pm

@jpla: Thank you

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Magda
The little lady looks very nice, great with your summer hat. In our region, it would be too cold for a walk with these hats. The color selection for this scene I like very well. It looks a bit nostalgic and is very well expressed. I wish you a pleasant evening and thank you for your nice comments. Dear greetings Christel

29 Jan 2010 8:56pm

@Christel: Thank you! This shot is from last summer.... I'm going through my archives

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Like this little lady's smile, and the lady bird on her hat!

29 Jan 2010 9:21pm

@Garfield: Thank you :))

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautiful portrait of a very beautiful young lady.

29 Jan 2010 11:06pm

@kiwisa: Thank you

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Another beauty !!!

30 Jan 2010 12:10am

@Susan: :))

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Wonderful sepia series portraits!!!

30 Jan 2010 1:08am

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thank you very much

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great shot ...well done

30 Jan 2010 1:24am

@Paul: Thank you

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Darling, darling, I love taking photos of them at this age. She's got a great smile.

30 Jan 2010 2:33am

@Self-Indulgence: Thank you! Yes, so much fun with little people who are not scared of the camera :)

Scott Q from Toronto, Canada

Lovely portrait. I love the fact that her eyes are looking slightly off her right, makes you wonder what it is she's looking at.

30 Jan 2010 3:55am

@Scott Q: Thank you :)

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

another great portrait, i really like the tones, and softness to the photo [especially around the face and the background]

30 Jan 2010 5:25am

@Chris Pereira: Thank you very much

don from United States

I like her action in holding the hat. Fine expression on this young lady's face. Very attractive portrait.

30 Jan 2010 4:10pm

@don: Thank you :)

Vanilla Wine from United States

very artistic and professional

30 Jan 2010 6:43pm

@Vanilla Wine: Thank you

Marie from FRESNES, France

quel beau portrait, elle est adorable !

30 Jan 2010 11:08pm

@Marie: Thank you

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Excellent series of this little lady. Your lighting is just fantastic in every one... as for the critique forum yeah I probably could use that after I get finished critiquing myself I'm pretty crushed already though.

31 Jan 2010 3:59am

@Earnest: Thank you! I think the game could be a lot of fun! :))

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Re: Critique Forum - But I'm very sensitive and likely to cry :)

Oh, OK, I'll take a look.

Love this image!

31 Jan 2010 6:27am

@MontereyJohn: Thank you John! Oh, you can manage some critique, I'm sure of that! :))

jpdm from Pignans, France

so wonderful look, so cute with hat on and ladybird

31 Jan 2010 8:06am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great portrait and edition, and a beautiful little lady :)

31 Jan 2010 8:56am

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

lovely shot and processing, Magda! :)

31 Jan 2010 7:12pm

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Lovely... listening to Cesaria Evora at the moment and looking at my Xandinha... hm...
You know that I can say anything I want and get away with it, right ????... oh... you do, don't you?... OK then..
So here's my stinging critique (I feel like giving one):

Your last 3 posts, here's my evaluation.
The choice of the monotone and this particular shade of it.... sepia ( or whatever you call it...) is great. It gives the series a certain feel and mood and I think that's what you were after. A very good choice indeed (but I'll come back to the post-processing a bit later).

COMPOSITION:
If I were to rate all three, Summer Hat 1 wins, hands down ! And why ? Well, you have a perfect balance between the main subject that is slightly off centre and the LH side that is actually complementing her face and pushing our eyes towards her eyes and that's what captures our attention. There is nothing distracting around it, and those eyes, are just.... incredible !!!

But the main reason this one wins, lies in her face expression; you've captured that unique moment of child's wander and curiosity... this is not posed, we want to know what she's thinking and that's what keeps us looking at the photo, we want to know what it is.

Hat 2, you've captured a nice pose, but nonetheless, it is a pose and it shows. Suggestion for you and other photographers: during a session like this, set you camera to continuous shooting mode, and as your model tries to assume the pose you want, fire off 3-4 shots. This way there is a greater chance you'll capture that unique expression....

In Hat 2, and to a lesser extent in Hat 3, the background flowers, although impressive and nice, compete with the main subject too much. Either make one or two of them (I remember them, they are big and gorgeous) intentionally part of your composition or blur them out. The point is, don't make your viewer guess, you take full charge of how you want the viewer to see your composition. You command the viewers' mood.

In Hat 3, I guess you wanted to show a sort of funky and playful way the girl adjusts here hut, especially with this gorgeous, rabbit style smile, in your face... sort of saying hey, look at me, I'm prettier than you !! (haha... and there is no argument from me here...)
But the problem I see is in cutting off her elbows on both sides. Show them because that is part of the message here, a beautiful girl is playing with here hat. I always give this advice to myself: before you squeeze the trigger, scan the peripherals in your viewfinder.

POST-PROCESSING:

As I mentioned before I really like the monotone and the mood you've created using it. But I have just a few suggestions. OK, look at the Hat 1 and her eyes. Although they are in sharp focus and have the specular highlight in them, which is always desirable, they lost the distinction between the black pupil and a lighter iris, they became one big black eye.

And I think it's due to a slight over-processing. In a portrait and a composition like this, every detail counts and you have to pay attention to it. Since the eyes are always the first thing that draws our attention, make sure this distinction is preserved.
In Hat 2, the over-processing made here skin a little blotchy, especially on her legs. This is not flattering. I think you've pushed the contrast a tad too far. Pay attention to those details, they are important. That's what separates a good photograph from an outstanding photograph.

Also, in Hat 3 your lighting is good, there are no harsh shadows, but I think it's a bit too flat, coming straight at here face. Play with the angles and introduce delicate shadows that will accentuate her face features. This way you will increase the depth in you shot. If you have to sources of light, just play with the distance and angle.


Ok, I'm spent....
So how about this, for a short comment on you photo???? ....hehehe...

cheers
Roman

31 Jan 2010 8:05pm

@Roman: Now, that's what I call a wonderful and very helpful critique! Love it! :)) Yes, I agree with all you say and I saw many of those little pointers before uploading my photos :) I'm glad I can see that in my own photographs and I'm am very impressed you picked them up too :) By pointing them out to me you prove to me that I can't get away with just a mediocre photograph! I need to give 100% plus more! ;)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Awesome light on this and great work!! I like the sepia tone for this light - it helps me to focus right on her facial expression!

1 Feb 2010 4:21am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you

Manel from Girona, Spain

Lovely serie of this sweet model. Like the delicated sepia color. Congrat

1 Feb 2010 4:53pm

@Manel: Thank you very much

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely shot.
Roman just left the longest comment I've ever seen on Aminus3. ;-)

2 Feb 2010 12:09am

@B. Thomas: Thank you! Oh yes! That's my uncle! ;) He keeps me on my toes! lol

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

She is so very beautiful! I really like these sepia tones you used in this series.

2 Feb 2010 1:48am

@✿ Anina ✿: Thank you

Mohammadreza from Iran

Very cute shot.

2 Feb 2010 12:24pm

@Mohammadreza: Thank you

Faramarz from Tehran, Iran

so cute... lovely shot :)

2 Feb 2010 6:22pm

@Faramarz: Thank you

rem_la from Villiers, France

joli portrait tout en couleur !

3 Feb 2010 7:41pm

@rem_la: Thank you

farmermarn from Baltimore, United States

Congratulations on making the leap! I've bookmarked your new website and will check
back often.

4 Feb 2010 1:11pm

@farmermarn: Thank you very much! :))

Bosk from Houston, United States

nice shot!

5 Feb 2010 2:25am

@Bosk: Thank you

Val37 from Tours, France

Untraitemetn adapté, un regard charmeur, attitude spontanée, une belle lumière ! c'est superbe !

9 Feb 2010 7:40pm

@Val37: Thank you

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Fine work! I wish I had a model like that! But Max and Sophia will have to do! Sigh!

10 Feb 2010 8:59am

@Craig: Well, Max and Sophia are adorable too! :) Thank you Craig!

manel from Girona, Spain

Excelentes, como siempre, estas últimas. Muy buenas expresiones y tratamiento. Enhorabuena.

10 Feb 2010 9:21pm

@manel: Thank you :)

LM from Aix en Provence, France

nice composition, that' s splendid, well done

11 Feb 2010 10:03am

@LM: Thank you very much

Martin from North Platte, United States

you must be reloading :) and I keep visiting waiting for your next work of art to pop up, I gotta say, you really have inspired me in kids photography, though mine are all grown up now, I have revisited some earlier stuff, and may post one or two soon, :) wanna be like Mag :)

14 Feb 2010 5:29pm

@Martin: Yes, I'm waiting for some nice weather, more time and some extra energy to find my "creative side" again! ;) Can't wait to see some of your "earlier stuff" :)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I like this shot and the tones and details. Beautiful work as always.
Me...I'm still waiting for the snow :/

16 Feb 2010 5:24am

@bluechameleon: Thank you! :) Yes, snow would be nice but I don't think we are going to get any :(

Monique from Netherlands

What a lovely shot, great composition and the tones are so nice and warm!
You're model is also gorgeous!!

16 Feb 2010 6:14pm

@Monique: Thank you :))

Christophe from Cherbourg, France

Splendide portrait

16 Feb 2010 7:48pm

@Christophe: :))

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

beautiful portrait , so tender....i don't think u have summer there right now , but if you have , please send us some sun ;)

17 Feb 2010 8:08am

@Jean-Luc: Thank you. NO we don't have summer here but can't wait for it to arrive :) (photos from my archives)

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

She is so pretty - and you have taken an excellent portrait from her !

17 Feb 2010 9:29pm

@Loner: Thank you :)

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

This whole trio of images is really special, Magda. Very fine, indeed.

18 Feb 2010 12:21am

@Stephen Phillips: Thank you very much

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

such a lovely capture! she is a real doll...and what a great expression :D

18 Feb 2010 1:05am

@Charles Dastodd: Thank you :)

Candy from Beijing, China

A lovely girl.She is so pretty.

18 Feb 2010 7:32am

@Candy: Thank you

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Hey Magda, where you been? Time for a new pic, eh? :)

18 Feb 2010 8:26am

@MontereyJohn: I'm good although very busy lately... I hope to start posting soon :)

Rags from Plano, United States

She has a very lovely looking face.

18 Feb 2010 9:17am

@Rags: Thank you

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Great capture of emotion and a nice portrait....attention is not on the camera...which makes it look awesome...

19 Feb 2010 7:22am

@Manubhai: Thank you very much :)

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Magda! Where are you? makes a lot of days that you do not show anything new. I hope all is well. Greetings!

19 Feb 2010 9:42am

@Arantza: Very busy lately.... but I'm hoping to get back to posting again very soon! :) I miss it!

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Hello Magda! I´ve been a bad visitor and commentator lately ;)
I just read Romans interesting critique and there are some very good points - but I don´t completey agree on the part with the elbows in this picture - I know people love to include all of their subject, but in this case I think the complete arms would make the scene look too staged. Because there´s something missing (our brains easily add the missing parts) it looks more original and spontaneous in my eyes, and that would be a plus.

20 Feb 2010 10:34am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you very much Daniela :)

martin mora from North Platte, United States

back for another visit for one of my favs one here, hope all is well with the fam and all, Im sure alot of people have noticed your absence :) hope to see more soon, take care!!

20 Feb 2010 7:13pm

@martin mora: Hi Martin! I should be back very soon.... :)) Thank you for your visits and support :)

Yvon from Orleans, France

lovely portrait

21 Feb 2010 6:05pm

@Yvon: Thank you

Céline from New York City, United States

Lovely portrait ! Great model ; )

22 Feb 2010 6:48am

@Céline: Thank you

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Something of the 1930's about this little series - I guess the toning and the 'wardrobe' are the tags responsible . . and all so charming, as usual.

22 Feb 2010 5:31pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much :))

Odel from Spain

Lovely portrait

28 Feb 2010 11:33am

@Odel: Thank you

Paul from summerside, Canada

Beautiful

28 Feb 2010 12:26pm

@Paul: Thank you

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

With a hat like that summer will be here soon!

1 Mar 2010 11:06pm

@vu@granby: I hope so! :) Thank you for your visit :)

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

ok, so where've ya been???????

New blog name for me.......if i'm on your blogwatch....gotta change it....Now, I'm at:
http://photosbysusanc.aminus3.com/

4 Mar 2010 2:21am

@Susan: Hi Susan! All is good just no time for any of the "fun" stuff! ;) I'm hoping to be back at posting soon! :)) I will visit your blog tonight! I miss all my AM3 friends! ♥♥♥

Teagardenfoto from Barcelona, Spain

A great treatment, tender and delicate "sepia". Great!!!

4 Mar 2010 11:48am

@Teagardenfoto: Thank you

Bernardo from Spain

Me gusta el tono que le has dado a la foto.

Saludos

4 Mar 2010 1:41pm

@Bernardo: Thank you

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A beautiful portrait to start with and lovely treatment

9 Mar 2010 8:17pm

@JJ: Thank you so much

studio17a from California, United States

Beautiful portrait !

10 Mar 2010 12:45am

@studio17a: Thank you very much

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This portrait is so elegant !!! First class shot Magda :)

10 Mar 2010 9:36am

@Tamara: Thank you very much

Chris from Seattle, United States

Lovely portrait! Perfect backdrop and tones.

10 Mar 2010 7:10pm

@Chris: Thank you

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Cute.

13 Mar 2010 3:02pm

@Twelvebit: Thank you

Ddo from Verdun, France

What a lovely little girl. I love three but I prefer this one. Great portraits

14 Mar 2010 7:48am

@Ddo: Thank you for your extended visit! :))

Laurent from Lyon, France

very nice posing and composition.
The B&W treatment is also very good

1 Apr 2010 8:25pm

@Laurent: Thank you

Will from Gainesville, United States

another great portrait! love the b+w tones and post processing:)

26 Aug 2010 1:47am

NIKON D80
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
75 mm (35mm equiv.)