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  Mini#20 Best of 2009
Entry 9 of 38
   
 
Juanita, Belize City, Belize       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       8th place, 102 points
1/40s, f3.2, ISO 80, 119mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop, clone out minor distracting background element, denoise.       Extra Info: I found it impossible to pick the best of the year so I went with the best of the past week, this candid shot taken on December 30, 2009, of a little girl standing in a doorway of her mother's shop in Belize City, Belize. I was drawn to the way the fan seemed to present (in a dramatic yet understated and very subtle manner) as an extension of this child's eyebrows and eyelashes, and how it helped direct attention to her eyes.
 
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dodrizzt
Jan 14, 2010
    Many congrats Jade!! sorry this time no points from me, too many to choose, also little time to comment as usual (the work is killing me these days)... but this was very close to my TT, a nice portrait for sure, well done!!

andrew.cooper71
Jan 13, 2010
    The more you look at this little girl is the more you are compelled to keep looking..... Captured such an honest, innocence..... beautiful shot.

LindyB
Jan 12, 2010
    Congratulations Jade! This lovely portrait did eventually make it into my TT!

wrosenthal
Jan 11, 2010
    Congratulations on the nice finish. Responding to your note on my shot, it's the people's choice, so I have no quarrel with the outcome. I am surprised, however, that almost all my choices (votes) in the open category were nowhere near the top. Clearly people are looking at different things in making their judgments.
I can not help with the High Dynamic setting on the FZ38 and how it compares to the FZ30. I just experiment by shooting the same subject with as many different settings as I can and look at the results. On the 38, the EVF gives a pretty good rendering of what the setting changes look like. Cheers.

elliott
Jan 11, 2010
    i'm going through these and finding that i must still be making comments and forgetting to post them or something. i put this in at number one so i'm sure i would have said something. well anyway, i didn't even notice the fan till you mentioned it. great shot. el

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2010
    Again thank you and especially so for the votes from those whose work I so much admire.

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Amberbug
Jan 11, 2010
    Beautiful portrait, exposure etc. I would had cropped out some of the wall since it is not all needed, the eyes seal the picture., in my top 10. I don't agree with you about the fan, but it probably couldn't be eliminated.
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2010
    Thank you each for your comments, they are very much appreciated.

My thoughts on the fan - I thought it distinctive for the reasons set out in the extra info. I remain of two minds on whether it adds more to "candid" or detracts more overall from the subject, so I appreciate your comments there.

My thoughts on the crumb(s) - much the same. To take the one out of the cheek might have been a good idea but then there are the lips and where does one stop in PP?

My thoughts on the sharpening - there is none, but there are the after effects of cloning out the plastic lawn chair which because this was done in a hurry, left a bit of halo on the arm - there is also a slight smear where I crossed the line. magich, I appreciate your sharp eye and wish you were in these Challenges regularly for your images and your commentary.
Edited on Jan 11, 2010

aprilesole
Jan 10, 2010
    Excellent portrait of such a beautiful child. TT~! GL

Una
Jan 10, 2010
    I am so sorry this was in my Top 17, then I had to sort it out. What a pity.

Lo
Jan 10, 2010
    When I first saw the photo, I thought she was wearing a lacy hat or head dress. I think the crumbs on her face detract a bit from an otherwise beautiful photo.

Mepo
Jan 10, 2010
    Beautiful photo of a beautiful young girl. I like the way you have left the empty space on the righ - nice composition. I find the fan to be a big distraction for me as it draws me away from the girl - wish I could see it your way.

LaRee
Jan 9, 2010
    A beautiful portrait of a beautiful child. I would have been hard pressed to not clone out the crumb on her cheek, but that comes from fixing my own kids smudged face in post. ;-)

audiredred
Jan 9, 2010
    Beautiful candid shot...tt

Old Finn
Jan 9, 2010
    I personally would have cropped some of the empty space off. Anyway, a good portrait. In my TT.
Happy New Year!

LindyB
Jan 9, 2010
    A very good candid shot of a beautiful child!

SteveBee
Jan 8, 2010
    Very nice. One of my favorites. I appreciate the offcenter position of the subject and the negative space for her to gaze into.

magich
Jan 8, 2010
    You captured the right moment.
Very well exposed and framed.
Unfortunately that grey wall isn't the best as a background.
It seems also too much sharpened for a portrait and with wrong radius and threshold. Look at the halo between the arm and the wall. Or is it a cloning out effect?
Anyway, in my TT.
Edited on Jan 8, 2010

rabaak
Jan 7, 2010
    Beautiful moment
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