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Young and carefree


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It almost gets its message across, but I feel it's still a bit awkward. I'm not sure if it's the lack of focus, or the child being boxed in by the edge of the frame. The background is such that it's not really clear what's going on or what emotion is showing.

 

It's somewhat hard to see in the small size, but I think that's a side effect of the lack of crisp focus.

 

It has potential; if you get the chance to do this again, get a fast enough shutter speed to stop motion almost completely (fast film if necessary), and give room for the child to run 'inside' the picture. Put space in front.

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Is she missing an arm? Not that it matters if she is...I'm just curious. I love the expression, but I'm not sure that the color really adds anything. I'd prefer this pure b&w, but maybe that's just me!
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I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with a couple of Jenny's points, or at least suggest a different way to go.

 

I sort of like that the kid is running out of the frame. Giving her "room to run" inside the frame is conventional textbook advice that works to create a conventional image, but sometimes you need to break the rules. Having the subject near the edge or moving toward the edge adds tension and gives the photo a, well, edgy feel.

 

Your background is hurting you here, though: visually, it's very difficult to separate the figure from the background. One solution might be to go the opposite way with shutter speed: use a slower one and pan the camera with the subject to blur the background and create a feeling of motion.

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I like the carefree feeling. I also like the fact that there's nothing to show you that this is 2001; my initial thought was to check the date as it seems like it could have come from my own childhood in the '70s.
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