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Baby blues Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Baby blues
Baby blues
© Cheri McEachin
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Bunny Snow
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    I think you did a really good job focusing on those baby blues.

The only problem is they seem right in the middle of the image. The composition would be better if you could move the baby to the right side and up towards the upper right corner.

Use the squiggly Custom Shape Tool on the tool bar in Photoshop. Click on unconstrained on the top bar across the screen and use the Tic-Tac-Toe shape. That will give you the Rule of Thirds and help you better place your image. What you want is to get the eyes off center such as in the upper 2/3 or along the side, of the lower 2/3. But, not right in the center.

If you focus in the center, lock your focus and move the camera to one of the quads. (And if your camera has a Live View grid, that is easy to see before you capture the image...especially if your are on a tripod), so I've learned after many years of struggling.

I wish my eyes were as sharp as yours for sharper images. You really did a beautiful job focusing on the baby's eyes, Cheri!

12/4/2011 1:49:51 PM

Ann Coates
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I love those eyes. A beautiful portrait.

12/4/2011 1:54:53 PM

Usman Bajwa
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Beautiful portrait, light and processing, Cheri. This is a stunner!


12/6/2011 5:08:52 AM

Cynthia M. Wiles
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Just plain gorgeous!!

12/8/2011 8:18:51 AM

Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Sometimes you just have to break the rules, and this is one of those times. A beautiful portrait-color, composition, and, yes, perfect placement for those wonderful eyes- center ring! And right into my faves.

12/10/2011 8:12:19 PM

Pattie Smith
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Simply gorgeous in every way...some rules need to be broken for the perfect picture and you did it extremely well. Great capture!

12/27/2011 4:29:02 AM

Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :)

1/24/2012 2:16:58 PM

Vicki Gilbreath
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Such beautiful eyes and a perfect Finalist. Congratulations!

1/24/2012 2:21:24 PM

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1/24/2012 6:31:09 PM

Usman Bajwa
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Center composition suits this one fine, I think. CONGRATZ Cheri on the Finalist badge and good luck!


1/24/2012 9:31:12 PM

Renee Doyle
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Gorgeous portrait!! Congratulations on this excellent First Place Win Cheri!!

1/25/2012 2:39:17 PM

Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your beautiful First Place win, Cheri!

1/25/2012 2:54:05 PM

Vicki Gilbreath
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Congratulations on the well-deserved First place win!

1/25/2012 3:06:09 PM

Amy M. Wilson
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Congratulations on your beautiful First Place winner, Cheri!!

1/25/2012 4:05:17 PM

Lindley Johnson
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What stunning eyes and a wonderful image of this beautiful child. Congratulations on your terrific First Place Winner, Cheri!

1/25/2012 4:24:35 PM

Larry L. Redmon
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Stunning portrait, Cheri! Congratulations!

1/25/2012 4:34:06 PM

Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on your First Place Winner, Cheri!

1/25/2012 5:18:40 PM

Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a beautiful winner, Cheri.

1/25/2012 5:43:16 PM

Phyllis Burchett
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Fabulous, congrats!

1/25/2012 6:22:07 PM

Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS on your Winning image, Cheri

1/25/2012 6:51:21 PM

Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Wonderful win! I just knew those baby blues were WINNERS!

1/25/2012 7:04:24 PM

Usman Bajwa
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Glad to see this with a First Place Win, Cheri. Many CONGRATZ!!!


1/25/2012 7:55:27 PM

Carla Capra
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Adorable and well done.

1/26/2012 8:57:15 AM

Michael G. Marshall
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Wonderful winning image, Cheri! Congratulations!

1/26/2012 9:41:09 AM

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Wowza! Very well deserved 1st Place win Cheri!

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1/26/2012 11:24:20 AM

Mary Beth Aiello
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Just beautiful, Cheri. Huge congrats.

1/26/2012 2:18:02 PM

Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congrats, Cheri, on this stunning First Place Winner!

1/26/2012 3:03:20 PM

Cheri McEachin
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Thank you everyone for your great support...I am on cloud 9 right now..:)

1/26/2012 3:52:03 PM

Kelly Alholinna

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Congratulations on your win Cheri!! Those eyes are amazing!!

1/26/2012 4:03:44 PM

Kathy Wesserling
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What appealed to me most in this beautiful portrait was that you didn't automatically place this blue-eyed blond in a bright setting. Congratulations on a wonderful portrait, Cheri, and for winning a Gold for it.

1/26/2012 4:09:04 PM

Denny E. Barnes
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Congratulations, Cheri on your fabulous First Place Win!

1/27/2012 10:28:52 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A keepsake Cheri! Congratulations on your huge win!

1/27/2012 12:05:41 PM

Katarina Mansson
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So sweet and beautifully captured. Congratulations on your superb winner Cheri!

1/29/2012 4:05:52 AM

Cliff & Patti Smith
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Gorgeous! print this one BIG and hang it proudly! Congratulations on this well deserved win.

1/29/2012 8:05:33 AM

Merna L. Nobile
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You can feel it in the air, the anticipation of waiting for the awards to arrive. The talent that is on display for all to see and share is amazing. Congratulations to all the January, 2012 winners. Merna

1/30/2012 10:22:44 AM

Dave Montero
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Beautiful portrait. Very soft and sharp. The aqua-blue eyes really grab you. Congratulations on your win Cheri!

1/31/2012 2:35:26 PM

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Congratulations on a wonderful WIN :-)

2/7/2012 8:21:19 PM

Christine R. Lobsinger
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Knock out GORGOEOUS!!!!
Unbelievable Portrait!!!
Congrats again Cheri
An outstanding WINNER!
Smiling With You,

4/11/2012 7:33:14 PM

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