PhotoZAP 29: Dude!

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“This image is simultaneously a very charming kid photo and disturbingly incongruous.”—Mason Resnick

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© Stacie Powers, Lincoln, NE. Gear: Canon Rebel XTi, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, Canon 580 EX flash. Exposure: 1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100. 

Photographer’s statement: “This is my nephew.  I just loved everything about it from his pensive look to the positioning of his fingers. This photo was shot in RAW format with post processing in Lightroom 2.5 to increase vibrancy and black chipping.”

Our critics say…

Monica Cipnic: What a great, expressive face and pose of this little guy…I wonder what he’s thinking? My two suggestions are: take down the hottest highlights on his shirt and hands, and also the rear window of the truck, so that's less distracting, and try a slight crop on the right side to eliminate the angled bright object (or take down the highlight there as well). Another possibility would have been to move and frame the picture differently --but with a priceless and potentially fleeting gaze, this is one photo you don't want to miss.

Mason Resnick: This image is simultaneously a very charming kid photo and disturbingly incongruous. The boy’s expression, like the Mona Lisa’s is hard to read (and his eyes follow me around the room!). The slight wide-angle distortion makes him appear a bit out of proportion.  He’s dressed up and his whole demeanor makes him appear thoughtful beyond his years. Yes we can quibble about some hot spots in the background that could distract the eye but they don’t bother me. In this shot, at least, this guy is quite the dude.

Jack Howard: This is just a great fun photo oozing with personality and charm. Working with kids to get natural expressions and emotions is tough, and too often shots are over-architected, leading to an artificial feel. Here's a case where that is SO not the case, so I'm willing to forgive the slight background distractions, such as the angled roofline, because the captured moment in the foreground is so perfect, from the curled collar to the expression and hand positioning. I may have opened the lens up a little bit to further blur the background, but this one has a whole lot going for it as it is.

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