Brenda Monahan  

It's All in the Face by Brenda Monahan

June 2020 - It's All in the Face

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Title: It's All in the Face"

One of the things I love about shooting the children's games is watching their facial expressions. Each of them has a face they make that just cracks me up, whether it's their angry face, retaliatory face, determined face, or what have you. In this case, my daughter was guarding a corner kick. I couldn't decide if I should leave the keeper in there or not...I decided to leave her to give context to the image. I cropped out the area around the players as it wasn't needed and gave nothing to the story. I made some small tweaks to exposure and white balance in Lightroom.

This was a tournament last year over Memorial Day weekend.

Canon 70D
EF 100-400 f4/5-5.6

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9 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Brenda, a nice shot of your daughter with a tense expression on her face. I think it's important that you have chosen the detail so that the goalkeeper is included in the photo, it enhances the message of the picture. The corrections you made in Lightroom, we all make in our photos, rarely is a picture so perfectly designed and exposed that it can be used without correction.   Posted: 06/02/2020 03:51:55
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Hans. I appreciate the confirmation that my gut was correct in keeping the keeper in there.   Posted: 06/08/2020 07:07:30

Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Hi Brenda, I too, like this image. A fantastic capture on the face of your daughter, showing the commitment to the game sometimes only a child can make.
If I was a going to enter this in a competition, especially an International, I would be tempted to somehow remove the wheel at the bottom of the net. This is the only distraction to a first rate photograph.
I too, use Lightroom at pitch side to save editing time before wiring them off to the Agency so try to get everything correct within the camera.
Thank you!   Posted: 06/08/2020 05:46:12
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Welcome to the group, Dan! And thank you for your feedback. While I've been taking pictures forever, it was only a year ago that I completed my first course in digital photography and started to master my camera. So this picture is from the beginning of the journey to challenging myself to be a better photographer (man do I miss soccer right now!). I honestly didn't even notice the wheel until you mentioned it - probably because it's my photo and I have stared at this picture so much. But now that I see it, I agree. It's distracting. Something for me to remember when I finally decide to enter competitions.   Posted: 06/08/2020 07:11:50
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
While Dan's suggestion would indeed improve the photo, it is not ethical in PSA-recognized PJ exhibitions to use software to remove the wheel (cloning in PJ images is not permitted). The only way to remove the wheel here would be through cropping, but then there would be no way you could avoid also cropping out the ball (and I think you need the ball to explain the facial expression).
In Projected Image Division exhibitions, cloning is permitted, and you could get rid of the wheel, and enter the image in PID-Color or PID-Monochrome exhibitions without a problem.   Posted: 06/08/2020 11:27:34
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you for clarifying, I appreciate it!   Posted: 06/12/2020 06:02:49

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
I am going to go against the grain and vote no on the keeper. I think you have to keep too much dead space to include the keeper. I would cut it in half vertically, print it poster sized, and stick it on my wall! Hooray for such a strong, determined young woman!   Posted: 06/11/2020 18:00:59
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you for going against the grain. I appreciate everyone's opinions as it helps my eye for editing get better.

It would be a fun poster, wouldn't it?   Posted: 06/12/2020 06:02:21
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Following up on Diane's comment, I cropped out the goalie. After trying a few different crops, I settled on cropping at the right side of the window to the right of your daughter (to eliminate any distracting bright area to the right of the window). I also cropped a bit off the top for two reasons: first it eliminates the bright area above the green flag, and second it makes a narrow vertical just a little bit wider. In addition, cropped this way, it's much easier to see the ball.   Posted: 06/12/2020 17:01:39
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