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2 bored parents + 2 rambunctious daughters x 2 new water guns = hours of entertainment.
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geofflaw
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Fri June 18, 2010 12:34am

I like this one, I usually prefer to see people in pictures actually doing stuff rather than just standing there having their picture taken. This is a very lively picture with strong colours and a super expression. I like the water droplets as well which are quite difficult to bring out especially on what looks like a fairly cloudy day. My only slight criticism is that I think it is a bit too closely cropped, I would like to see a little bit more space around her in the frame. I don't know whether you cropped it this way or whether this is the entire shot.


I found cropping pictures was a bit of a journey, first I started, as almost everyone does, leaving far too much space around my subjects. Then I went through a quite lengthy period of cropping fiercely close, losing every extraneous detail and ending up in the process with some oddly shaped photos. Now I strive for a balance of subject and background. Having said all that, if there is something distracting in the background then it needs to be either cropped or cloned out.
jackfepic

Registered: July 2009
Posts: 148
Fri June 18, 2010 7:19pm

Geoff, thank you for posting, and so quickly. I find your and everyone else's suggestions invaluable!


I agree with you that it's a tight crop, but I couldn't remember the file limitations on the site, so I opted for my 4x6 copy. However, the 8x11 is still fairly tight on the upper body, but there is more breathing room above the head and to either side.


Not saying that I don't favor the shallow depth of field in my portraits or select shots, which of course isolates my subject from the backgrounds. Will this practice ultimately lead to unbalanced subjects/backgrounds, or will opening up the framing help?

 
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