"Hidden" Smile

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Feb 4, 2011

Untitled by chocolatechua, on Flickr

1. in what area is critique to be sought?
Composition of the photograph, trying to see if b/w able to portray the feeling

2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
A naughty yet innocent side of my son.

3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
Random shot, f1.8, 50mm, 1/60, ISO 1250

4. Personal thoughts about the image?
My first try on b/w as I love to shoot kids alot, however at times one may feel that it isnt nice to shoot kids in b/w. But does colour makes a big difference?

Jun 11, 2008
Tiong Bahru
Composition is good, i love close-ups.
You have achieved what you have described. The photo fits the title as well as i'm able to tell he is smiling just from his eyes.

In terms of PP, just use your creativity and play with any effects. Be it, B/W, lomo, high contrast, split toning and etc. Colour does change the feel of the photos. Personally, B/W or sepia gives it a classic look and makes viewers pay closer attention to the form and details as compared to colour. Colour may comunicate energy or cheerfulness better than B/W sepia. Each have their merits. Especially for shots of kids, i would sometimes add a mask and selectively blur out areas which gives it a dreamy feel (soft focus).


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Oct 22, 2010
Whoaa that's a great picture!

A little thought I had was that the fingers seems a little sharper than the eyes, but not so much of an issue, and maybe a slight bit of blur in PP may treat that.

but still a very nice picture!

Aug 16, 2010
Japan, Tokyo
For me i would like it more if the item covering it's smile it's a pillow or a soft toy or something. You know something 'young'?
Sometimes this kind of little details does change the photo a lot. =)

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