I have to give Larry the credit for helping me receive a Gold award for this image last night. I loved so many shots I got of this happy little girl but thought this was one that had a sharpness and noise issue and would not print well. He told me the baby's expression and the moment would override any lack of sharpness in her eyes and any noise (which often is less noticeable in prints than the computer screen) and he also advised me to make the image black and white and to crop in a little to make the baby the main subject. Those changes improved the image a lot and I think improved my score over what I may have gotten without changes. I still like it in color too but the black and white has a more timeless quality. After a couple of years now of shooting digital and printing my own images, I still have so much to learn. I find it especially difficult to judge my own shots, either I think they aren't good enough or they really appeal to me and not so much to others. So thanks Larry!
SC Christmas Digital Papers
11 months ago