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Tracy_McGee
07-20-2007, 03:40 AM
These are 100% straight out of camera, not cropped, sharpen (not even saved for web)...... nadda. Simply sized down to 72ppi 400x600 pixels and watermarked. In trying to improve I want input on what I've actually done, not what I can do to the image after the fact if that makes sense. ;)

Again, I have not cropped these.

Thanks!!!! :o

http://www.mcgeephotography.com/Pics/ppa/w1.jpg

http://www.mcgeephotography.com/Pics/ppa/w2.jpg

Jack_B._Johnson
07-20-2007, 12:30 PM
why the flag in the background?

Tracy_McGee
07-20-2007, 02:42 PM
We were just aiming for something patriotic looking (possible project in mind). ;)

David_A._Lottes
07-20-2007, 02:43 PM
Good job Tracy. Nice lighting. I have no clue what this would do in comp. :)

Cheri_MacCallum
07-20-2007, 02:53 PM
Cute image and expressions! The flag may not work for competition. It's a very strong element in the background and takes focus away from the subject. The clothes are mixed key as well which also takes focus away from that cute face.

Tracy_McGee
07-20-2007, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the feedback! :) I did actually consider the contrast difference, but in my current fad or whatnot LOL I did it on purpose. Her mom was up for whatever. Last week I did some with my niece in the blue tutu with a white shirt in front of red bricks and I'm not sure why, but I'm just loving the three colors together lately. Though, like with other things, I'm likely to look back and wonder what I was thinking LOL!

Here are a couple more, but these have been cropped and made ready for the mom's online gallery (as I've mentioned in the past I don't frame with competition in mind, I just frame to put in my galleries ;)).

http://www.mcgeephotography.com/Pics/ppa/webalyssa0025e.jpg

http://www.mcgeephotography.com/Pics/ppa/webalyssa0004e.jpg

Cheri_MacCallum
07-20-2007, 04:42 PM
Tracy,
Prints for sale and prints for competition are often times a different world. While the red white and blue is wonderful for a limited edition special kind of thing and they're lots of fun, they don't always make for an image for competition. Just remember when considering images for competiton, the eye is drawn to light color and contrast and when those elements are present but not in relation to the subject you'll have some issues with different things fighting for your attention!