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Old April 24th, 2013, 10:34 PM
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self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

self portrait with son for a weekly theme i participate in on another site. this weeks them was pairs.

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used tripod and ten second timer

critique welcome. I realize some will not like the watermark. I urge you to ignore it and focus on the critique. The watermark IS NOT there to enhance. It is there to protect the image.

i adore this photo! he has my hands.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 11:02 PM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

I like the composition, the level of the camera and expressions but the faded pinkish cast removes a warm feel that I would expect. For me it lacks a richness do to the lack of contrast. With that said this is just my subjective viewpoint and does not make me right. You are the artist and it is your vision and statement that counts. ~ jerrywb
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Old April 24th, 2013, 11:08 PM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

Super cute!! I love that you are looking at him, it really shows a loving bond I agree with Jerry about the contrast, a curves bump would make it pop.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 11:10 PM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

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I like the composition, the level of the camera and expressions but the faded pinkish cast removes a warm feel that I would expect. For me it lacks a richness do to the lack of contrast. With that said this is just my subjective viewpoint and does not make me right. You are the artist and it is your vision and statement that counts. ~ jerrywb
yes, the lack of contrast is intentional this edit is done with the matte b&w preset from pretty presets and some adjustment brushes. i have an affinity for the matte look thanks so much for your critique! means a lot!
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Old April 27th, 2013, 06:16 AM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

I happen to also like the way it it is. It's a different form of treatment that you don't see everyday. The pose is very well done and the composition is spot on. Beautiful job.
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Old April 27th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

Processing is a matter of taste, but the composition is overworked.
The siding on the left and the negative space created by it is distracting and unnecessary considering the subject.
Fill the frame with the you and your son. The interaction between you 2 is the story. Anything else is superfluous.
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Old April 27th, 2013, 01:02 PM
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Processing is a matter of taste, but the composition is overworked.
The siding on the left and the negative space created by it is distracting and unnecessary considering the subject.
Fill the frame with the you and your son. The interaction between you 2 is the story. Anything else is superfluous.
I agree with Chile, but also want to say, that my first impression was, that this is neither fish nor fowl. The processing isn't black and white, nor sepia toned. Plus it is dull without contrast, or sufficient sharpness.
Classic example that, what a mom or dad may like is just a single element, like pose, expression, etc. I filled lots of albums with those kind of shots. But to make an image that appeals to a wider range of viewers, more is needed.
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Old April 28th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

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Processing is a matter of taste, but the composition is overworked.
The siding on the left and the negative space created by it is distracting and unnecessary considering the subject.
Fill the frame with the you and your son. The interaction between you 2 is the story. Anything else is superfluous.
I find any tighter crop becomes much too tight and uncomfortable, especially when I go to frame the photo.
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Old April 28th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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I agree with Chile, but also want to say, that my first impression was, that this is neither fish nor fowl. The processing isn't black and white, nor sepia toned. Plus it is dull without contrast, or sufficient sharpness.
Classic example that, what a mom or dad may like is just a single element, like pose, expression, etc. I filled lots of albums with those kind of shots. But to make an image that appeals to a wider range of viewers, more is needed.
The post processing is a matte b&w that is actually much more common than you think. In fact, it is one of Pretty Presets bestsellers. Additionally, you may want to read the description of my photo. This is a self portrait with my son, an expression of my love for him and my love for photography. Not a way to rope in potential clients, and as it is a self portrait of myself and my son, a wide range of viewers is not really needed. I also disagree with your viewpoint. The expression and moment caught is one of the most important aspects of photography, not just "that kind of shot." The processing some love, and some don't so I'd say your view on that is one of opinion. Thanks for taking the time to critique!
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Old April 28th, 2013, 06:35 PM
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Re: self portrait with son for theme "pairs"

Mom; the fact that I don't care for the processing is as you say a matter of opinion. But I did read your description for the photo; you said it was a theme challenge of sorts on an other Forum. That is why I thought you wanted a wider audience, to see the photo and you posted it here asking for critique.
I also agree with your point that expressions and capturing the moment is the most important thing in Photography. Again that is the reason I said I have albums full of those shots. Technically they may not be to everybody's liking, but they mean a lot to our family.
I fear you misunderstood my critique of this photo. Surely it is a precious photo, embodying all that you say it means to. I didn't mean to disparage your work. I simply gave my impressions as I saw them. If that upset you I am truly sorry.
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