Two edits were performed:

  1. I cloned out dirt that was apparently on the lens. It was distracting.
  2. I cropped the image to a standard 10×8″ size.

Okay, so I picked this photograph over your own favourite for a couple different reasons.

Firstly, this image fits my personal sense of aesthetics: The backdrop is clean, you have excellent foreground and background bokeh and clearly something is happening. The prop (book) is in motion and clearly there are activities ongoing.

Second, Liam is doing something in this image. I’ve taken literally tens of thousand of photographs of my children. It’s easy to capture a shot of them at rest and staring off into space. It is much harder to get a great shot of them engaged in an activity.

Third, technical. You cut off the back of Liam’s head in yours. /browbeat

And that’s it, really.

Flame me, woman.

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Mark Grealish

Dashing brigand, handsome rapscallion, father, crazy cat lady and the world's greatest lover and liar, living in Galway, Ireland.

4 comments on 'I picked this one, Jen':
  • Jen

    August 2, 2011 at 23:38

    Thank you. :) My personal favorite was the wonder and attention on his face, he was watching an airshow with ‘antique’ military planes – bombers, etc. I do however completely understand what you’re saying regarding the subject.

    It’s not dirt, it’s where the nail imbedded in the drywall has rusted and caused the drywall on top of it to fall off the wall (leaving the rusty nail head visible).

    You did leave the dirt (Crayola marker actually, I think) that was near the nail hole in the image, though. :p

    You’re going to have to actually show me what you’re talking about regarding the back of his head. The only real editing I did was to balance the colors, the lighting in most of our house is ass-fucking-tastic thanks to the yellow colored compact florescent bulbs.

    I used my new not-so-fancy-but-still-awesome lens (Canon 50mm f/1.8 : )

  • Mark

    August 2, 2011 at 23:44

    In the image you chose, you cut off the back of Liam’s head.

    I’ll reply more when I’m awake tomorrow.

  • Jen

    August 3, 2011 at 03:51

    Ohhhhhh! I get what you’re saying now. Gotcha. :)

  • Mark

    August 3, 2011 at 11:31

    Upgrade to a 50 f/1.4 already and ship me your f/1.8.

    When it comes to cloning, less is more. Seriously. Ask Mariah about all the shittily cloned photographs and product packaging I floridly rant about.

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