Janet Goldberg  

Children at play, the Italian way. by Janet Goldberg

August 2019 - Children at play, the Italian way.

August 2019 - Janet Goldberg


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The blurring was from the frenzied action of their play. The only alteration I made was cropping. I am submitting this to the group to get feedback. This might have been a deleted photo, but I chose to keep it. Wondering about your reactions.

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10 comments posted

Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
It's a very physical photo. I love the joyfulness of the image and the energy created. Everything seems to be moving, including the building in the background. The focus is on the boy in front and as a viewer, I am disappointed he is running out of the photo but in terms of the story, maybe he is chasing more kids that we can't see. I see a separate photo made up of the little girl who, judging by her hair and dress, is spinning around, and the little boy climbing behind her.   Posted: 08/07/2019 16:20:57

Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
This image captures a fun moment and I appreciate that. There are several things that really distract for me though. First the arm that disappears on the left and the hand that is really distorted. Then the boy on the right has part of his body chopped. It would be better for me if all 3 subjects were totally in the frame. Changing the crop can fix the one on the right.   Posted: 08/08/2019 09:58:23

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
The exuberance is very clear and brings so much joy. For me, the image would be stronger if one face was in focus, and if the boy's hand, and boy's shorts, were inside the frame. You might re-crop to include them and play with the Selective tool in Snapseed to bring back some clarity to the face of the boy running.   Posted: 08/08/2019 10:13:15

Janet Goldberg   Janet Goldberg
Thanks so much to all of you. I wish I had gotten the full arm of the boy on the left in my photo. C'est la vie. The reason I cropped the boy on the right was to keep him in balance with the boy on the left, but I will uncrop him and take another look. I will check out the Selective tool in Snapseed and appreciate that idea very much!   Posted: 08/08/2019 10:19:55

Carl Simmerman   Carl Simmerman
I'm glad that you did not delete this image. Its is definitely stepping out from the normal. I like the blur and the way the three subjects line up. I assume it was one of those split second captures with little time to compose with as much energy as this image has. As has been said already it would help to have the boy's hand in the image. Because the boy on the left is so much larger than the one in the back, I think you could safely crop a little wider on the right to include all of him.   Posted: 08/11/2019 11:42:12

Janet Goldberg   Janet Goldberg
I tried to play with the Selective tool Belinda suggested and with Carl's cropping idea. Thanks for stretching me.   Posted: 08/11/2019 14:11:31
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
You're welcome! For me, it is a tricky tool, but it has proved useful at times.   Posted: 08/14/2019 22:08:19

Janet Goldberg   Janet Goldberg
  Posted: 08/11/2019 14:12:30
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Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Definitely, your amended cropping is the one I prefer. Even though the children are blurry in motion, it helps to see as much of their bodies as you have available in the grab-shot to get a sense of their 3 different actions. How fortunate that they line up in such a way to lead my eye right into the photo.   Posted: 08/21/2019 15:21:36

Janet Goldberg   Janet Goldberg
Thanks Pat. I am becoming aware of new ideas for enhancing photos from the feedback shared.   Posted: 08/21/2019 18:49:49