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Another new avenue for me. Not one I've really ventured down very much. Would, once again, be very pleased to receive criticism and comment. By the way, Lily is 4, the daughter of a friend and very cute (but you can probably tell that anyway).

Photographer: adrian tear HoF Win ¤ $
Uploaded: 2006-Dec-10 16:54 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f4/5.6
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 88mm
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She really look cute indeed. Nice soft lighting too. If it were my daughter, I would be very happy with a photo like this.

Wiliam Wagenaar ¤ $ at 17:54 EST on 2006-Dec-10 [Reply]


Cute... & playful, too! Just look at that cocked hat and that grin. Another heart-breaker on the distant horizon.

Sorry I can't give you credit for the "cute" part of this, Adrian, but you did your task expertly, not just in the mechanics of photography but getting Lily to ham it up for you. Good job!

at 18:15 EST on 2006-Dec-10 [Reply]


indeed she is...cant go wrong w such an angelic face ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 18:30 EST on 2006-Dec-10 [Reply]


Adrian, you've done the hardest part, which is capturing a young child in a natural, carefree moment. Love the hair across her face, and the hat pulled over one eye. Really makes me smile; she is a charming little girl and you have captured her well.

My only critique would be about the conversion. I find that faces are such a different beast compared to other subjects in B/W. They tend to look flat/muddy without some extra steps to bring out a wider tonal range. I also think that eyes usually benefit from even further work: selective but subtle dodging and/or burning of the details in the iris and also some subtle, selective sharpening. I believe there is more dimension/life that can be pulled out of this one and it might be worth playing with. (I had fun playing with it myself already ;-).) All of the essential ingredients are already there (basic exposure, pose, composition)--the things that can't really be created after the fact. Definitely worth some further experimentation to squeeze out the full potential. Just my 0.02, of course!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 18:37 EST on 2006-Dec-10 [Reply]


Thanks for that Elisabeth and everyone else of course. Have had a try at working on the eye and also bringing a bit more shape into the face. Would love to know what you think. You are a bit of an authority on child portraits so I value your feedback a lot.

adrian tear HoF Win ¤ $ at 03:28 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]


like this very much...maybe i will darken the parts around head that draw to much attention...or they distract a little from the main point...

denis grzetic HoF Win ¤ at 07:27 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]

Looks ...

really nice and naturally to me. Well done.

Best wishes,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $ at 09:44 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]


The composition and treatment are both superb Adrian! A lovely face and you did it that smile!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 09:54 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]


Adrian, I love your new version! I'm drawn much more to her sparkling eye (don't have to search for it among the midtones), and the tones/dimensionality of her face seem much improved. (And BTW, I would hardly call myself an expert on child portraits... I feel like I'm still bumbling along trying to figure everything out, lol.) I hope Lily and her parents get a copy of this!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 10:11 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]

It's great, Adrian.

As far as capturing a beautiful child portrait goes, fantastic. In a (RadiantVista)-perfect-world I would prefer the 'flower' thingy on the left side of the hat was not so prominent. Love the hairs tumbling over her nose.

Rob Smith HoF Win ¤ $ at 15:00 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]


I just love what you've capture here. I just wish I could compare it to the original version.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 17:53 EST on 2006-Dec-11 [Reply]


Thanks all of you especially Elisabeth who has taught me one or two things about this - expert or not.

adrian tear HoF Win ¤ $ at 10:17 EST on 2006-Dec-12 [Reply]