One thing I've always loved about little kids, is that when they hide their eyes, they think they disappear.
I did a little experimenting with this pic: a lot of cropping, desaturated, and adjusted the midtones to make the background white. The effect I'm going for is to make the world around this little boy dissapear - the world dissapearing as he hides his eyes.
I am re-posting this pic after playing around with the noise levels. Hopefully it won't look as blurry when its uploaded this time.
Anyway, I'll post the original in workshop so you can see the difference....
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bnallama (3763) 2005-11-01 8:59
I love the expression of the kid... It seems like he smiling but still we can't see it. TFS. BAla
plamn (621) 2005-11-01 9:27
Nice result! Curious to see the next. I like the lines about the children's naivety:-)
grafu (2223) 2005-11-01 18:00
nice experiment. i like color conversion and the way kid's outlines are blending into background. good shot of funny moment :)
markpanos (1977) 2005-11-01 21:20
This is so beautiful,Shannon.
The expresion the kid had is very charming.
The way you overexposed it is a little bit...romantic,you know.Itīs like the kid is sending to us light.
And is good for the contrast also.
See you soon.
Elea (16) 2005-11-03 13:44
Black and white is very beautiful for this picture ! This little boy is laughing because he thinks he's invisible but still has one eye open to watch our reaction. Lovely scene of life! Thanks.
ALSOM (6616) 2005-11-03 17:27
Great shot of this shy kid. The hands position is so good ... I wish I could see a little bit if his look.
Deke (708) 2005-11-16 4:31
Hi Shannon, I picked this out not just because it has a refreshing innocence about it (the subject, your edit and the accompanying words) but because I might actually be able to help! It bears all the hallmarks (i.e. jpg artefacts) of being overworked in jpg format. The degradation you see is not noise as such but the effect of what I expect may be many edits and savings in the lossy jpg format. It used to happen to me and it drove me mad until someone told me why. Always take the raw or highest level image from your camera or scanner. Then save or convert it either as a BMP, TIFF or other lossless format. Personally I always use TIFF. Then make a copy for security so you always have an original to return to. All edits should be performed in the TIFF format so that when you save it amends without degrading, JPG degrades every time you save and compounds problems leaving those tell tale artefacts visible in your image. Once you've got them you can't do anything about it and attempts to clear up just make it worse. So, edit as often as you like in TIFF, then when you're happy save to jpg just for web posting. You may know all this but if not try and see the diference. I hope it is as enlightening as the first time someone pointed it out to me! I really hope you have an original of this one to go back to, it will be worth it and would love to see the result. Your work shows great empathy with people and the world. Cheers, Ian
pmthanh (676) 2005-11-18 12:14
Hi Shannon, I realy like this shot so much, great moment. I've got same shot like this, but his name is "shy". :-))
leighprevost (141) 2005-11-21 6:28
What a great shot - really like it!
ishai (4097) 2005-11-21 13:52
I keep coming to this one
And the more I see it the more I like it
The hide and seek with the hands and the smiling face which we can almost not see is great
The overexposed image (experiment) adds some thing to it but maybe its ust a bit too bright
Nice try & keep experimenting
oochappan (22043) 2005-11-21 17:23
Indeed at first I was looking tor another in your gallery, to be honnest, but this one has something strange that pulls you indeed back, the sumiere data info left is like the boy is coming out of the overexposed white to give you just enough to see this strong suggestive pose as vanishing from screen 'you don't see me anymore'.
That's also why the title is perfectly chosen and it gets this strong expression.
A really improved repost converging it totaly to monocolor.
Very well done Shannon, very inspirational.
Galeota (10338) 2005-11-26 1:23
Hello Shannon. I was first attracted to this photograph in your portfolio, not because I would have anything against the ones picturing the colourful african daily life, but because I'm just drawn to the intimacy vehicled here. Besides, the first sentence of your comment makes me think, and that is always a nice thing ;o). I wonder if they really think they disappear when they hide their eyes...I think they're aware of their physical presence, but by hiding their facial expressions, they disguise their souls in a certain way... well, food for thought anyway. We could go on and on. I like your post processing even though I'm not really sure all these blowned highlights would come out well in a print. Nice work.
timleahy (2193) 2006-01-30 17:18
Great shot Shannon, this is an interesting interpretation of your original shot. And what a difference! Good note too.
iGirl (1223) 2006-08-05 0:56
Hi Shannon, I like this a lot and I think this version is a definite improvement over the original. Nice grain, and I especially like the square format. Great work with PP!
Thanks for sharing!
kwekwekan (866) 2007-10-29 21:50
highly original photo, great experiment & superb result!
(good luck w/ your MA btw, i'm currently studying int'l dev. as well)