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Old Mar 13, 2005, 8:42 AM   #1
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My son comforted this little one after hitting the glass door, after about 30 min the bird was able to fly away.

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Maybe another poster should rethink his fading patriotism article he is writing. :G

This is an great candid capturing a softer caring side of your son who is probably a bike riding, rough and tough tumbler.

If he had been wearing a solid dark colored shirt, this scene would be more effective. A white or pale color would have been better if the background elements were brighter. As is, the shirt is a distraction. In fact, my introductory comment is because the shirt is the first element I noticed.

If I had been faced with this same challenge, I think I would have asked him to take his shirt off so I could get a great picture of he and the bird. :-) Kids run around shirtless all the time anyway so it would have looked very natural.

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Old Mar 14, 2005, 8:37 AM   #3
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thanks Rodney!

I need to keep your suggestions in mind, cause I just grabbed the camera. Didn't think about the details that you mentioned.
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Hi Keith,

It's still a great image that you'll always be proud of. I like to point out distracting elements so the photographer will begin to see these distractions before pressing the shutter release. Quite often, a few modifications to the composition will fix it.

For demonstrative purposes, I've made a few changes to your original. I've moved your son's hands closer to his face, gave the bird a little more punch and cropped tighter. In the edit, the shirt is less of a distraction.

In this particular scene, you could have asked your son to lift his hands slightly closer to his face and cropped the final image closer.

Thanks for sharing.

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