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Old Oct 16, 2005, 4:03 PM   #1
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Despite taking pictures of any and everything, the main reason I got a nice camera was to take photos of my little one.

I was quite pleased with how this came out and am pretty sure it's going in a frame. I have cropped it for 8x10 but can't decide whether it looks better in BW or colour.

As I'm away from my printer for a few months I'll probably get the lab to do one of each and frame the better one, but I'd be interested in your thoughts.


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Old Oct 16, 2005, 4:04 PM   #2
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And the BW...
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Old Oct 16, 2005, 4:11 PM   #3
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I think the BW is probably better as I converted using a Channels layer and kept the blue channel right down, mostly using R&G.

I think the contrast and saturation work better in directing attention to her eyes in the BW so it's probably slightly better technically.

On the other hand - the colours are pretty and her eyes look nice in colour, although the blue background and tree are more prominent in the colour photo I'm still not sure which one I prefer.

Perhaps the BW is better technically, but the colour is a better snapshot??

As you can see I'm confused, so your comments appreciated.
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Old Oct 16, 2005, 4:18 PM   #4
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i think the black and white version works better.. as you have mentioned it definately draws teh viewer to the eyes and facial expression.. the colors do not add much for me, so i am going with the mono version all the way..

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Definitely the b&w. The background colors and elements are quite distracting in the color version. In contrast, in the b&w version her beautiful face stands out very nicely and the background remains unobtrusive.
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B/W definitely draws the attention where it should be but I do not care for the tree trunk in the upper left corner. It stills draws my attention a little.
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Old Oct 17, 2005, 8:33 PM   #7
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I am with widowmaker on this one I think I would remove the tree, but the B/W would make for a really good print.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 3:17 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comments.

I would love to take out the tree, but I'm afraid my photoshop skills are really not up to it. I just end up with a weird looking patch which is even more distracting.

Besides it's not a controlled portrait, what I aim for in my photographs is "high-quality snapshots" and in that context I really don't mind a bit of background and context.

Of course there's always a balance to be struck between "context" and "distraction" to the point that it ruins an otherwise decent photograph.

There I've completely rationalised away the need to improve my photoshop skills!

Actually of course it would be nice to be able to do the photoshop properly and then have the choice of which to go with. I tried to fix it using the clone stamp tool and then some blurring, but it looks horrible, so any hints welcome!
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Just taking a quick peek at the shot makes me think a little careful use of the clone tool would take that tree out nicely. I like the B&W best, but would up the contrast a bit. Good job, mate...(where ya bin? we missed yuh...) best regards,

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Old Oct 18, 2005, 12:46 PM   #10
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Ooops, didn't read the whole thing and missed your clone reference, but I did a real fast (my wife's hunting for me...wants me to do some [ugh] manual labor chore so I rushed) job using the clone doolie and got this result.Far from perfect. I'm sure it could be done tho...best regards,



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My apologies, Craig...hope I haven't trespassed. Did a little clone, B&W and softened while upping contrast a wee bit. Good to see you posting...

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