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  #179 Makes Me Smile
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brother and sister       ©2016 NEAT
Canon EOS 5D Mark II       1st place, 213 points
1/639s, f2, ISO 800, 49mm, Shutter Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: convert to b and w
adjust tones and contrast
dodge and burn
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Dec 8, 2016
    Anita: I think you will find the pattern on the dress tricks the eye into thinking there is some colour there. On first viewing, I thought you had made a 'spot color' entry. The dress looked as if it had light brown stripes. Try looking at your entry from varying distances and tilt your head down so you are looking upwards. It also seems more pronounced when I remove my glasses.

None of this detracts from the wonderful photo.

I can't believe you got Franz to comment on your shot - it must be good!!!

Dec 8, 2016
    Anita, now I see why you changed your entry instead of resizing it! Good choice. Congrats.

Just imagine if I had resized your first entry for you ...


Dec 7, 2016
    To sweet! Congrats!

Dec 6, 2016
    Congrats - A "neat" picture. Captured the moment.
Edited on Dec 6, 2016

Dec 5, 2016
    Congrats - it had your signature all over it :-) Kudos.

Dec 5, 2016
    A very special photo - glad it won. Congratulations

Dec 5, 2016
    Congrats, this is such a beautiful and precious image.

Dec 5, 2016
    Congratulations Anita. Glad to see this lovely one win, it's very engaging.

Dec 5, 2016
    Congrats! Glad to see this one win.

Dec 5, 2016
    well done!!

Dec 5, 2016
    Thank you all so much for the very kind comments that I received on this image..and all those tens!!

I nearly didn't enter this image. I had a image of two baby birds in a nest. But I submitted the wrong size for that one then I couldn't be bothered resizing it. Mind you I wasn't that happy with it, I did originally want to enter this image of the brother and sister. This was taken during a photo shoot of a very lovely family.

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Dec 5, 2016
    Pretty much a perfect shot. And I like the dress treatment.

Old Finn
Dec 5, 2016
    Excellent BW picture. Suits to the topic. First in my favs.

Dec 5, 2016
    Funny and cute. Lovely photograph.

Dec 4, 2016
    @Lo, thank you for the nice comment. But this is a black-and-white image there is no colour that I can see😳😳😳

Dec 4, 2016
    A charming subject with very nice focal treatment.

Dec 4, 2016
    What a great moment to capture. The love they have for each other is so beautiful. Leaving a bit of colour in the girl's dress is a nice touch.

Dec 3, 2016
    You could not have captured the theme better than this. Just fantastic, top pick hands down.

Dec 2, 2016
    The stand out winner to me. So charming. You could probably sell this to a card company or decorators.

Dec 2, 2016
    Very nice, especially the composition and how you've made the children stand out from the background. A touching scene - I'd bet there are other times when brother and sister aren't nearly as amicable.

Dec 2, 2016
    the black and white works and makes it a timeless picture

Dec 1, 2016
    A superlative portrait. You've caught exactly the right moment and composed it in a way that supports the subject perfectly. Just the right amount of background to reinforce the spontaneity between the two - it doesn't look posed at all and the monochrome treatment helps concentrate on the two children and their interaction - I think colour would diffuse the sentiment expressed here. Thank you for sharing this. It's the easiest top pick ever.

Dec 1, 2016
    i wouldn't be surprised if this entry earns the highest percentage of number one votes for any of our challenges.

great shot. easily marketable for hallmark card or calendar shot.

(if a re do were possible, i'd find a different dress for the girl as the stripes on this are playing havoc with my eyes and actually looks like yellow and black stripes on different monitor)

well done and cheers for the holidays!!

Edited on Dec 2, 2016
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