to continue my "smiles" series with a shy smile this time, but also a smug smile, the kid was eating a cereal bar that was supposed to be MY snack during the 8-hour day of hiking. I traded the snack for a photo, of course.
don't let the bright colours fool you, the life for this kid is nowhere near cheerful. just look at his face, the wounds on the cheeks are result of cold burn due to the extreme temperatures of high altitudes...
a brief explanation about the composition - I was trying to implement something I read a while ago. when it comes to portraits in horizontal format, the classical composition is to place the main subject along the lines of the thirds, same as in landscapes or any other category. when person is placed much closer to the edge of the frame, like here, it is supposed to suggest insecurity, timidity, shyness. there's a famous picture of Woody Allen where he stands very, very close to the edge of the frame, the image is very strong, and captures perfectly the personality of the artist as we know him. on the other hand, placing the person right in the center conveys the sense of them being the center of the world, of dominating it.
RAW, SIO 100, spot metering.
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stevesaba (8135) 2010-08-25 5:14
Another excellent portrait and a nice match to your earlier upload. And interesting comment re the placement of the subject....food for thought. Lovely clarity as usual, with gorgeous yet natural colors. And a lovely energy. Regarding his cheeks,they look identical to the kids I saw while treking in the Himalayas last year. Fine work, regards,
same weather and same faces:
azizbilgili (2111) 2010-08-25 5:15
Really wonderful portrait. Very nice expressione, good details...
yquem46 (38750) 2010-08-25 5:16
a nice colorful portrait of a cute smiling boy, even if as you said one should not be fooled as concerns the ad-equation between pleasant colors and look with his actual hard life
Thanks for the technical lesson that without knowing it I'd have naturally applied here.
Top quality image
have a nice day
baclama (18555) 2010-08-25 5:17
a very nice portrait with great farming and wonderful bokeh...
crhieatt (5347) 2010-08-25 5:34
I find compositional "rules" a bit of a wind-up. If someone tells me that one of my photos conforms perfectly to the Rule of Thirds, well, I can't repeat the thoughts that go through my head! ;-)
If anything, this composition is suggestive of the space beyond the subject, like you are passing on a path - maybe you are. From this point of view perhaps the background could have retained slightly more focus.
Still, that's my own imagination at work. Great detail; the last remains of your cereal bar on his lower lip. ;-)
AROBN54 (11473) 2010-08-25 5:50
Ah, this such a sweet portrait! Wonderful color, great detail, I love how you have positioned him in the frame and the DOF is outstanding. He has such a cute expression and you caught nice catchlights in the eyes. This is lovely. Many thanks and warm regards,
sevy (15367) 2010-08-25 7:07
Thanks for the interesting note, I never thought about before but seems well demonstrated on your photo.
I find this portrait charming with a lot of life inside. You caught something with this portrait.
Bartleby (13552) 2010-08-25 7:33
sharpness and bokeh are just top-notch here! Nice, friendly expression on the kid's face, colorful clothing...great portrait!
ciakgiak (30423) 2010-08-25 9:45
this is a splendid portrait! The quality and the colors are magnificent, the subject is really exciting. I agree with you about the decentred position of the "smile" on the scene. Congratulations.
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2010-08-25 11:47
I do that alot too, this would have been negative space had this not been about a portrait. the proportions are again with the rule of thirds..a simple manipulation of concept and understanding, the head is actually occupying just one third of the frame. the human eye is designed to appreciate and "feel good" about these proportions of representation..
crisp, the way you shoot landscapes..:)
take care Kristine..
sayeed..showing a sign.
zmey (7335) 2010-08-25 13:11
what can I say; he is a cutie-pie ;) now that I look at it again, I feel, you could have as well cropped it to a square, to give us even more presence. other than that: great subdued light and one's gotta love the perfect sparkles in his eyes.
pauloog (11747) 2010-08-25 14:01
A lovely shy smile on this face, a fine portrait with beautiful natural colours, well positined and a good blurred background.
jjcordier (79275) 2010-08-25 23:03
Un magnifique portrait de cet enfant un peu timide. Je suis de plus en plus fan de ces cadrages totalement décentrés. La lumière, les couleurs et la qualité de l'image sont magnifiques.
patdeph (35748) 2010-08-25 23:06
I didn't know this rule of composition for portraits,I will try to be more careful know!Anyway,this portrait is excellent,I love the colors ans the expression of the little boy.Superbly done!
faubry (35405) 2010-08-26 2:20
bonjour Kristine, womderful portrait and smile for ypu; background very well
have a good day
danos (91070) 2010-08-27 0:29
nice the continuation series with these cute smiles as this one with the little boy. Nice your explanation about the placement of the person in the frame,as the face of this child with the wounds on the cheeks.These huge eyes captivate your soul.Well done.
clio (27961) 2010-08-27 0:51
Nice idea to trade your cereal bar for this marvellous photograph.
I like this half smile full of reserve but with a glance with a strong intensity.
Your note on the placement of the faces is very interesting and this application is very successful.
Well done, brava!
marietom (34609) 2010-08-29 13:36
Il est adorable, superbe portrait, et magnifique bokeh.
archimatica (20446) 2010-08-30 14:25
Perfect. Spontaneous. Graphic. Funny.
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-09-02 5:46
Hats off.. A perfect one.
I have done quite a number of portraits and I always followed placing them near edge and off centered. But I always felt to try a different approach. I will try it next time and try see if the character is more dominant or not..
Have a nice time
brianerz (189) 2010-10-05 8:35
What a great shot...intense colours and sharpness combined with the subject who pulls you in. The kid is perfectly isolated from the background while still retaining the impresssion of rugged terrain behind. And wahat a Mona Lisa smile. Excellent!
batalay (37197) 2010-11-12 2:58
This is an incisive portrait of the child, just perfectly composed. The resolution, moreover, is sharp enough to see the knots on the clothes he is wearing. And so is the fidelity of the colors. Finally, thank you for a highly informative note.
BennyV (14691) 2011-02-04 9:35
This shot dates from my two summer months off-screen (I try to avoid computer screens during July & August) - so I missed it first time round. I happened to stumble upon a critique you wrote, Kristine, and so...here's to catching up!
Oops...and I almost forget to tell you that I thinks this shot is really great: excellent dof/sharpness and lovely how you filled the corners on the right.
Cheers & stay fine!
PS: Lovely note about the composition!)
wolf38 (31284) 2011-02-06 4:27
Hi Kristine. A cute boy with the typical Peruvian headdress. My compliments for this fine and natural portrait. The background disappears perfect. I look at the photo with pleasure. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.
abmdsudi (47542) 2011-02-06 20:41
You have caught a great expression of this cutie, and the light that really liven the expression. The eyes as strong element are in a favourable location compositionally, focal of interest is held firm on the smiling face. Nice and close framing enabling viewers to really examine his face features, a landscape of time and his expression leaves all of this wide open for our viewing pleasure! Awesome capture and thks for sharing. Congrats
everlasting (14698) 2011-02-17 5:27
Yes she is excellently placed in the frame, with her shy smile she almost manges not to be there. Good sharpness and colour
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2011-02-23 19:24
it is a fascinating portrait. Love the way you composed it placing the face in the 3rd of the frame. Great to see the narrow DOF which provide a nicely blurred background. Great colours also. Excellent work. Tfs.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-04-15 5:34
Ola Kristine ,
Beleza de rtracto a esta criança , fez um belo sorriso para ti , gostei muito dos detalhes das suas roupas , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
- Copyright: Kristine KL (avene) (12675)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-200 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): smile for the camera [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-25 5:06