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Great Expectations by Kaddieee Great Expectations by Kaddieee
I saw this little guy in the zoo examining the fake ice-cream cone, seeming to be frustrated with it... I just took the camera and shot and I'm really happy I did.

Let me know what you think, every feedback is appreciated! :D

PS: I referred this to my scrapbook, because my good friend *Timbosteron pointed out to me that I didn't ask the kid's parents if I could use this image in any way - and he's absolutely right. If someone did the same with my kids I'd feel strange about that, too, I guess. (If I put them online, that's something else :D)
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Critique by TazmanianTage Aug 8, 2009, 11:46:16 AM
Wow!
First off: This picture i really sweet and cool...
It caught my eye cause of the Icecream-cone's lovely colors I think.. The thing I like in this shot is the big contrasts between sizes and so forth.. The average thought is that the cone is as big as your hand, but this really shows what small chaps dream of.. Very very cool shot!
The little boys' face expession is priceless! He must really LOVE that sweet cone.. I wonder if he's dad got him an Ice cream after seeing this..
Did the boy notice that you took a pic of him?
I just ate ice cream as I browsed through some shots and maybe that's why I got so excited :)

Great pic!
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This shot totally caught my eye, especially because of its endearing and quirky quality. I love the concept, as he's a child and it's as if part of his imagination has come to life...but then, somehow, got stuck midway there. He didn't quite get to have his dream come true in terms of sweet and frozen delights, but your vision and execution of the camera are brilliant. You captured wonderful details of textures and facial expression here, and the title has such wonderful tongue-in-cheek humor. I would, as someone mentioned below, perhaps play with the curves of light or sharpen the image just a bit more. Definitely keep it in color, because that gives it such a nice, slightly-surreal edge that truly makes it shine. Brilliant job!

-A.C.
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SnapperRod Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice intriguing shot that shows the inquisitive nature of children. Personally, I think the boy's facial features are a little to dark and probably made so by the colour of his shirt.
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Kaddieee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
yeah, you're right, he's a bit too dark, :devrockyoursocksoff: said that too, I work on my pictures on my laptop on the sofa usually and when it's too light outside sometimes I don't get it quite right. I'll upload it again!
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SnapperRod Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't tweak it to much as you know how easy it is to overcook!!
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Kaddieee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
just uploaded it again, did you notice? I tried to keep it natural and just brightened it up a bit and dodged / burned (which one is which? I can never remember) the head a bit.
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SnapperRod Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks better. Me, I don't use Dodge/Burn that much. I tend to use a combination of Brightness/Contrast and/or Saturation/Lightness layers on the areas requiring specific attention.
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Kaddieee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
ah, so you select the area that you wanna work on or do you use masks? Oops, here come the questions again... :sheepish:
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SnapperRod Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I select the area I want to work on either with the Quick Selection Tool if is is a simple uncomplicated area or one of the Lasso Tools if a complex area. Because it is a selective area the Layer will auto generate a mask and only expose that specific area.
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livvlush Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Completely picks up a child's curiosity for bright colourful things.
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Kaddieee Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
thank you :)
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Kaddieee Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
no, he didn't dare to taste it :D It was way too scary!
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Rockyoursocksof Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I would only say that there could be a little more light ;) Uppsss... i`ve forget that i`m fired :P
Btw did he taste it? :P
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Aug 8, 2009, 3:40:43 PM