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

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Barrie Davis
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Re: Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?
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EquusStorm wrote:

original photo

closely cropped

softened, and in b&w

The railing is certainly not a help, it's true.

Shot is also a bit dark, and rather drear as a consequence. Your cropped versions seem even darker... all of which darkness and depression I find somewhat inappropriate for a young child...[??]

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jrtrent Veteran Member • Posts: 5,063
it's just there

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

Some might say it's a distraction, but I don't think it spoils the image. It's just there.

That's my feeling, too.  In fact, I'd like to see more of what's there.  I greatly prefer pictures that show more of what's going on or where people are at rather than just a tight framing of one person or object.

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Railing can be removed easily. Post in Retouching and ask. They're awesome.

Barrie Davis wrote:

EquusStorm wrote:

original photo

The railing is certainly not a help, it's true.

Shot is also a bit dark, and rather drear as a consequence. Your cropped versions seem even darker... all of which darkness and depression I find somewhat inappropriate for a young child...[??]

The railing can be removed very easily via software like Photoshop.  Post over in the Retouching Forum and ask for some advise.  Those folks are like retouching gods.

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Quick edit:

Nice thing about tech is it lets you try out different ways of achieving whatever your vision is. Not sure if OP wanted to lose the outdoor context.

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Barrie Davis
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edispics wrote:

Quick edit:

Nice thing about tech is it lets you try out different ways of achieving whatever your vision is. Not sure if OP wanted to lose the outdoor context.

Nice job on the gentle tonal manipulation. It has cheered up a treat!

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I thought your comment about brightening up kids faces was quite interesting, that's why I touched it up a bit.

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

Thanks Mark . . good point about the warmth.  I just love the nostalgic quality of b&w

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

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

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

Oh, I like that.  How did you accomplish that?  I don't think I have that capability.  It does give it a whole new look.

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

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

I think it's still a nice portrait even without the outdoors behind it.  And some who said it was too dark overall ought to like this version.  Thanks.

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

Is the railing a distraction?  No.  Would the picture be better if it were not there?  Yes.

By the way, she is a precious little girl.

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Is railing in background a distraction?

Moreso in black & white than in the color version.

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

Just added a duplicate layer on top, applied gaussian blur, used a mask to reveal her face. Nice thing about this is you can play endlessly with the amount of blur, the colour of the blur, how much of the underlying photo to bring out or not. Endless possibilities and so much fun. PS or PSE and no doubt any other product that supports layers and masks.

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dee_gee New Member • Posts: 9
Re: Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

EquusStorm wrote:

original photo

closely cropped

softened, and in b&w

I really like the first pic. I don't think the railing is distracting at first glance because the dark of the railing kind of accentuates/goes with the dark of her eyes, and the white bits of the railing blends in nicely with her white dress (at least to me). I think if the white bits of the railing were also dark it would be too much, but as it is it looks ok to me. It looks like it was done almost deliberately due to the match! Quite clever really!

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

Great photo. I like the first one. And the railing looks natural in that setting. My eyes go right to the face, so no distraction for me. 

OP EquusStorm Regular Member • Posts: 166
Re: Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

Thank you.  It bothered me that the railing was there, but since it wasn't a staged photo, I just snapped what I thought was a good photo.  I wondered if it bothered others, or if it was a non-issue.

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

dee_gee,

thanks!  I always appreciate a fresh perspective.  I hadn't analyzed it like you did.

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Re: What's with the yellow tint in the first photo?

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

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

EquusStorm wrote:

original photo

closely cropped

softened, and in b&w

I don't mind the railing. I think the sidewalk in the background going through her head is a bigger problem.

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