Candid Father & Daughter

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  1. poorstudent

    poorstudent TPF Noob!

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    I took this candid of a friend and his daughter on my first real outing with my new dSLR. If i had one wish, i'd love to have a chance to retake this photo with a larger DOF in order to keep dad's ear in focus - but alas, a candid, by definition, cannot be re-posed (I did try, but I couldn't get them to look spontaneous)

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    Anyway - please tell me what you think...
     
  2. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    I like it a lot but I think I would have cropped a little off behind the girl's head.
     
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    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    I didn't notice the ear until you pointed it out. The expression you captured is wonderful, thats what makes this photo great for me!
     
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    JimmyJaceyMom TPF Noob!

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    with a child that flippin adorable I don't see how you could go wrong! She's beautiful. And I think even though I know nothing about photography I wouldn't crop out the hair on the right side personally because I think it adds something but I don't know what. :p I just like it. But then again - Mysteryscribe knows what he's talking about so you might listen to him before me!
     
  5. poorstudent

    poorstudent TPF Noob!

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    I won't lie - she really does make it easy! And she's just one of those kids who loves the camera and plays to it.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It doesn't bother me. In fact, I think I prefer it this way. Since you have so much of the back of dad's head, I feel he's more of a prop in this one. The shallow depth of field gives the image a foreground, pulling the eye right into her face. With all this in mind, I like the framing too. Did you try adding just a wee bit of vignetting?

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    I agree about both the crop and the ear. A slight crop will help the balance without taking off too much hair (and a touch off the left might help too), and the blurry ear doesn't bother me; the eyes are the important part, the the blur helps lead my own eye to her eyes.
     
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    great shot....DONT crop off any of her hair....that would be horrible..if you want to crop, crop off some of dad...
     
  9. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Actually, I quite like the DOF chosen and the fact that in the end your focus fell RIGHT where it belongs: on this very cute girl, capturing this emotional moment between father and daughter.
    I also say: leave her hair as it is. Don't crop it. I think it is good just the way it is.
     
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    Michael Humle TPF Noob!

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    Don't change a thing! You've shared a wonderful image and moment with us. My Daughter is 33 now, how I miss the times your photo brings to mind!
     
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    Love it! I personally would incease the contast a bit tho.
     

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