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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:12 am

because I'd like unbiased thoughts about this presentation
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Post by Duck » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:59 am

Any photo of a cute child will elicit a positive reaction and for that, subject alone can not be a basis for evaluating general responses. Of course you will receive a lot of oohs and ahhs from family and friends and that is one risk photographers face in evaluating work.

That said, technical merits alone can not be a basis for evaluating responses either. I have seen way too many technically perfect images that had no 'soul' and just as many "bad" images that have survived the test of time as unconditional favorites. It's all about connections and relations.

For me, there is little to connect me to this image. Yes, I can recall how my own daughters looked at this age, but this is not my daughters... nor my grandkids either so the connection is weak, at best. On the flip side, as a photographer I am biased by the technical "mistakes" in this image. But are they really mistakes or more like things I would have done differently?

The one thing that can be said with certainty in the department of technical merit; it's different and different can go one of two ways. Either you love it or you hate it.

So, in short, this is a long speech that could have been reduced to its base core of... "it's all subjective."
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Post by Duck » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:06 am

It's late and I just realized I got all "meta" with that response.

I'm going to bed now...
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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:48 am

Duck wrote:
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On the flip side, as a photographer I am biased by the technical "mistakes" in this image. But are they really mistakes or more like things I would have done differently?
If you feel like going into more detail I'd be interested...if you've better things to do I understand. thank you for the time you've already spent with comment.

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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:10 pm

I am in the "don't like" camp. The beauty of the child rests in the eye/nose/mouth/cheek area. Bringing the focus back to strictly eye and strip of hair isn't doing anything for me to advance the image. If it was a blurred image with less focus and contrast on the eye, I would like it more. If the focal range was just a little broader, I would like it more. She seems interested in something, while the eye supports that, so does the angle of her head guided by nose and mouth and they did not get the attention they deserved..

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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:14 pm

Good to know Piet, thank you for your take.....

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Post by minniev » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:11 pm

I’m afraid I have to admit I have trouble itch the sharp eye and soft rest-of-face. I think it’s because the angle is so close to profile and there isn’t enough face showing for the focus to be graduated across, if that makes any sense. Her sharp eye stands out too much in its own plane. I don’t know if my thoughts have any photographic merit, so take it for what it is, an opinion loosely constructed.
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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:26 pm

Nothing to be afraid of minniev...opinions is what I'm looking for loosely constructed or not so thank you.

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Post by davechinn » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:41 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:12 am
because I'd like unbiased thoughts about this presentation


Frank, the image is different, in such away that I do sort of like it. However, there are issues, and I'm sure you know what they are, and it seems you may be searching to see if others are of the same opinion as yours. On a technical note, IMO, the depth of field is too shallow for this type of image, where the one eye and part of the lips are in focus and most everything else out of focus. Having said that, this image is/can/will be of the opinion's of personal likes and/or dislikes. I would like to know your unbiased thoughts of this image, if you can give one.
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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:16 pm

davechinn wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:41 pm
I would like to know your unbiased thoughts of this image, if you can give one.
Dave
I can give you my thoughts but not unbiased...(it's a grandkid and I took the shot) thus my question. I like it for the attention given to her gaze and wanted to get some confirmation that more than likely it was purely personal for me.

Thank you for comment Mr. Chinn
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