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Old Jan 12, 2011, 8:00 PM   #1
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I took this picture of my Daughter and Grandaughter.
Not the grandaughter of the one in the picture.
My wife wants an 8 1/2 X 11 to frame.
Orig file is 4.1 mb
E 520 and 14-54 lense.
Any suggestions before I send it out.

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Old Jan 12, 2011, 8:37 PM   #2
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I think I would try to clone out the blown out areas on the faces, Fred. No reflections from the eyeglasses is a BIG plus as they are a bear to clone out. Something like this:

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Old Jan 13, 2011, 9:03 AM   #3
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I agree something should be done with the washed out highlights on the faces, but maybe not so much. There is also a bit of red color cast to the picture.(hard to say with my laptop screen, but the eyedropper tool says the same)
I used the touch-up tool, modified somewhat, then reduced the red cast, used minimum skin tone enhancement, and added a slight amount of grain to give more texture to the washed out parts.

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Old Jan 13, 2011, 9:28 AM   #4
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It may just be time for me to up my medication, but the Gestalt of the image when I first saw it was of a two-headed person. The same-colored outfit, with your granddaughter sitting on your daughter's lap, created a rather grotesque first impression for me that I have not been able to shake off.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 10:04 AM   #5
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To get the 8.5x11 you'll need to crop more - quite tight on the edges will neatly remove the arm on the right and the clutter on the sofa and coat in the background quite nicely.

The highlights are a bit harsh on screen but I'm not sure whether they'll be more or less of a problem when printed.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 1:31 PM   #6
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A little Croping and a little cleaning.
still some blown out areas on the faces
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 1:56 PM   #7
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Great family pick.
One pass with Topaz Clean to soften the pick. Can't deal with the blow out parts tho.

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Old Jan 13, 2011, 9:35 PM   #8
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Photoshop Elements 2 Take 2

Thankyou for all the replys
gjtoth, Cloneing out the blown out area worked OK
It took a little work and time to get the hang of it.
The clutter comes next
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In addition to the feedback that has been provided about color and contrast, I would also consider adjusting the perspective to make the verticle edge of the closet(?) in the background appear verticle. To my eyes, it seems a bit distracting. I like the WB in #1 the best.

Very nice subjects BTW!
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It may just be time for me to up my medication, but the Gestalt of the image when I first saw it was of a two-headed person. The same-colored outfit, with your granddaughter sitting on your daughter's lap, created a rather grotesque first impression for me that I have not been able to shake off.
That's hilarious! I thought the EXACT same thing! I guess we both need to up our meds...
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