Grant was a fun, energetic and happy 2 year old who was staying with his Grandma and Grandpa for a couple of weeks. They were very nice to allow me to practice photographing him. I was glad the day was overcast so that I did not have harsh shadows to deal with. This was one of his rare moments of resting --- the majority of the morning I spent following him up and down and around the play equipment. He has very fine hair which the slight breeze would cause to stand up all around his head! I wonder what my photography friends think of the lighting on his face --- too much shadowing? Enough to see his face structure? What could I have realistically done here to improve this shot? Maybe I should have shot at a slightly smaller aperture, but the light was changing with the clouds and I wanted to blur the background as much as possible.
Camera settings: 50 mm lens at f1.8, 1/750, cloudy white balance
Post processing: a softlight layer at 50% opacity, lightened eyes by dodging with a brush in softlight blending mode, brushed in a lighter levels adjustment on the face only, cloned some mosquito bites from the skin, sharpened with both a high pass filter layer and an additional smart sharpen.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
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