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  Mini#35 Best of 2016
Entry 16 of 38
Goat Girl       ©2016 aoc46
Panasonic DMC-LX100       16th place, 71 points
1/400s, f5.6, ISO 200, 50mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop; selective darkening and softening to de-emphasize background elements; slight brightening and retouching on girl's face;resize, sharpen.       Extra Info: None
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Anthony Comyn
Jan 10, 2017
    The background doesn't bug me much, adds some context. What stood out to me what the dodge on burn on her face. I have no problem with the technique, but I have found there is a thin line between enhancing the shadows and highlights and then lightening areas which are actually in the shadows. By doing this it actually bring out a color in the shadows which is a little unnatural. It is very subtle, but I notice it because i have done the same before. Maybe a lower flow on the brush or higher feather, what sometimes also works is changing the hue on the brush at the same time to compensate for the shadow color vs highlight color. That all being said. I still loved the image, therefore still made my TT in a challenge that was very tight....

Jan 10, 2017
    Mepo, Jade et al. -
Glad you liked it. I already had suppressed much of the background but probably should have gone further; however, I couldn't resist retaining the background girl's expression of wistfulness - maybe even envy. The goat girl was a natural model, holding that pose (unasked) for several seconds while I framed my shot.

All comments appreciated, as ever.
Edited on Jan 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017
    I usually seem to rate your shots high but this one was by far the best and it was my #1 from the get go. I did wonder a bit about the faces behind but as Jade said, they do support the main point of the picture. Thanks for sharing a shot with such strong emotional context. Simply beautiful.

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Old Finn
Jan 9, 2017
    Good portrait of the girl and the goat. In my favorites.

Jan 9, 2017
    This is such a natural shot, and I was drawn so much by the pride in the girl's eyes that the background, though busy, just faded from view. Excellent composition, detail and exposure.

Jan 8, 2017
    Like this photo... in my favorites... the girl and the goat are the stars... possibly blur out the background children?

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2017
    That goat head is well placed to take out the distractions. I know this one is so good I'd have played in PP to see what I could do to darken the background behind that goat's head. It is rare to get an image where background faces support the main focus point, but you have that here, and my top vote. The lighting, sharpness, candid fresh natural look, this is for me clearly and far and away, the best of the bunch, by a mile. Any pro portrait photog would be envious. It isn't perfect, but for a candid, it is superb. Congrats!

Jan 7, 2017
    really nice, very nice lighting and mood.

Jan 7, 2017
    Lovely - full of warmth and charm.

Jan 7, 2017
    Perfect capture of the girl -her expression makes the shot. Very well done.

Jan 6, 2017
    The background is unfortunately a little distracting. Cute shot of the girl and her goat, however

Jan 6, 2017
    this is very nice well balanced

Anthony Comyn
Jan 6, 2017
    I like it.
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