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Friday Photo Critique #70

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Friday Photo Critique is our weekly community project, where we publish a photograph submitted by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the image. It's a great way to learn more about photography, express your viewpoint, and have your own image critiqued!

Quick Ground Rules

  1. Play nice! We've deliberately chosen photographs that aren't perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
  2. Feel free to offer any type of advice - composition, lighting, post-processing etc.
  3. You can also link to photographs that you feel offer a great example of this type of image shot exceptionally well.

Without further ado, here is this week's candidate for Friday Photo Critique!

The Photograph

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Photo Details & Inspiration

  • Ambient lighting - Central Park, NYC
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 50mm f1.4 @ f2
  • ISO 100
  • Exposure 1/80

I wanted to capture my wife and daughter playing. I got tons of photos of her on the swings in the park, but I like this one the most because it shows my wife enjoying the time we spend with out daughter.

We were visiting friends in NYC and strolled through Central Park. I'd just gotten my 7D (have since sold it for a 5D Mark II) and was using my 50mm f1.4 stopped down to f2. This photo was taken of my wife and daughter after they'd been playing for a bit.

I wasn't using my flash and the sky was a bit overcast, they were about 10 feet away from me. Post processing I toned down the magenta of my daughter's coat a bit and didn't need to adjust exposure.

I believe I also increased the darkness of the greens to even out the tones of my wife's scarf so it didn't distract too much. Let me know what you think!

Photographer: Daniel Sheibley

Please let us know what you think in the comments - how would you have approached the scene or taken the photo differently? A massive thank you to everyone who commented last week.

The most constructive and helpful comments will be featured on the site. Interested in submitting your own photo? You can do so here!

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