Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

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calterg
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yes, it is.
In reply to EquusStorm, May 1, 2013

Yes, it is distracting, along with the path at the back.

Learn from it and try to become more aware of the background next time.

A formal portrait is under your control, so you should do better next time.

As a candid capture of a tender moment, this portrait should be enjoyed as it is.

I think the one where the edges have been softened and dissolved away best preserves the moment without the distracting lines.

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It might be a little distracting, but it also makes the girl look younger, like she barely reaches up to the railing. In that way it adds to the photo.  It really is a very nice photo.

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In reply to EquusStorm, May 1, 2013

To my the b&w is very good, with the vignetting focusing on your daughter (granddaughter?)

I do not find the bar very distracting in that pic. Quite the contrary actually, but somehow it is more dominant with its different color, making it more pronounced in the first color picture.

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Re: Railing can be removed easily. Post in Retouching and ask. They're awesome.
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EquusStorm wrote:

Thanks for the tip Mike.  I don't have Photoshop, only Picasa.

That makes my suggestion a moot point because in Photoshop you can remove unwanted details and do a lot of selective editing. I don't like version two - the crop - because it doesn't flatter the subject. It is too dark, has a color cast and it is too soft. The black and white version is nice but the child's eyes and cute freckles get lost and the vignette, in my opinion, is too strong. For me, the original image is the best one of the three and the railing does not detract that much. You captured a candid moment and an interesting expression and to let the moment pass because all things were not "perfect" would have been a shame. Enjoy the photo - it's a good one!

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Thank you for your comment!

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Thank you for your perspective.

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Thank you for your comments.  I like the b&w one also.  The photo was a candid, unplanned

shot.  I was looking at her face, not particularly at the background at the time.  Children

move fast and I grabbed the shot while I could.  The background color is what it is.  In b&w,

the background color is moot.

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The railing seems very nice to me. It crosses where the deepest shadow of her curls are, slight diagonal from left upper to right lower.

I have the sense that the rail transfixes her and holds that thoughtful distant pose.

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I like your observation . . thank you.

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It's a very effective image and communicates well I think. I like the original but think the black and white is interesting in and of itself and it also retains the interesting (for me) black horizontal element while minimizing the vertical white slats that I found a little distracting. It also helps a lot with the path in the background. I worked with children for 25 years and appreciate the reflective capture. Really nice work.

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Thank you so much for your reply.  It's especially nice to hear from someone who's worked

with children, and I like that you understand moment in time I captured with this child.

Reflective.  That's a good word for it.  I appreciate the compliment too.

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It looks bad. Why is it that people think a yellow instagram tint will save a boring photo? I just don't get it.

I can't understand why so few comments have pointed out how underexposed it is.. [???]

I mean, the railing isn't great, the colour isn't terrific, composition is too tight on the right....

.... but the underexposure is by far the worst thing... [???] (shrugs)

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EquusStorm wrote:

Thanks for your feedback.  I don't see the yellow tone on my monitor.

Presumably your monitor is too bright, as well.

Most monitors intended for office use are delivered very bright, and very blue. Your picture editing on a monitor is such condition would account for your picture appearing dark, and YELLOW. It is to be expected that all your edited pictures will show the same problem, to some degree.... [??]

Monitors need calibrating before being used for evaluating pictures.

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In reply to Barrie Davis, May 9, 2013

a quick ps edit for you to see if you like it more without the railing

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I like that . . without the railing.  What software did you use?

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In reply to EquusStorm, May 12, 2013

Generally on these matters when one needs to ask, the answer is not the one they're hoping to hear.

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I used Photoshop

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I like the first one best

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Thank you.  It's the most natural.

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In reply to EquusStorm, May 14, 2013

Not only is the rail distracting, it also runs through the head, and so does the path, you also chopped a bit off the top of her head. You're looking down on her, it's better to get down to eye level and look eye to eye. The white balance is not correct so the skin tones are greenish. It's better to frame people looking into the frame, ie the back of their head is closer to the edge of the frame than the front. Remember the rule of thirds too.

On the other hand this is a great shot, a  bit cramped but skin tones are better, rule of thirds, looking into the frame ,nothing running through the head.

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Thank you.  She is very photogenic.  I'm posting one of her smiling too.

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