Baby blues

Bunny Snow level-classic 12/4/2011 1:49:51 PM

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! #1427789

Ann Coates level-classic 12/4/2011 1:54:53 PM

I love those eyes. A beautiful portrait. #9847450

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 12/6/2011 5:08:52 AM

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

UB. #9850388

Cynthia M. Wiles 12/8/2011 8:18:51 AM

Just plain gorgeous!!
Cindy #9853852

Nancy Marie Ricketts 12/10/2011 8:12:19 PM

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. #9858319

Pattie Smith level-classic 12/27/2011 4:29:02 AM

Simply gorgeous in every way...some rules need to be broken for the perfect picture and you did it extremely well. Great capture! #9888246

Tammy Espino 1/24/2012 2:16:58 PM

Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :) #9939564

Vicki Gilbreath level-classic 1/24/2012 2:21:24 PM

Such beautiful eyes and a perfect Finalist. Congratulations! #9939621

The Judges at level-classic 1/24/2012 6:31:09 PM

Excellent #9942057

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 1/24/2012 9:31:12 PM

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

UB. #9943031

Renee Doyle level-classic 1/25/2012 2:39:17 PM

Gorgeous portrait!! Congratulations on this excellent First Place Win Cheri!! #9945703

Terry Cervi level-classic 1/25/2012 2:54:05 PM

Congrats on your beautiful First Place win, Cheri! #9945807

Vicki Gilbreath level-classic 1/25/2012 3:06:09 PM

Congratulations on the well-deserved First place win! #9945891

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 1/25/2012 4:05:17 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful First Place winner, Cheri!! #9946126

Lindley Johnson level-classic 1/25/2012 4:24:35 PM

What stunning eyes and a wonderful image of this beautiful child. Congratulations on your terrific First Place Winner, Cheri! #9946189

Larry L. Redmon level-classic 1/25/2012 4:34:06 PM

Stunning portrait, Cheri! Congratulations! #9946230

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 1/25/2012 5:18:40 PM

Congratulations on your First Place Winner, Cheri! #9946364

Leslie McLain level-classic 1/25/2012 5:43:16 PM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Cheri. #9946417

Phyllis Burchett level-classic 1/25/2012 6:22:07 PM

Fabulous, congrats! #9946532

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 1/25/2012 6:51:21 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Winning image, Cheri #9946616

Nancy Marie Ricketts 1/25/2012 7:04:24 PM

Wonderful win! I just knew those baby blues were WINNERS! #9946661

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 1/25/2012 7:55:27 PM

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

UB. #9946746

Carla Capra level-classic 1/26/2012 8:57:15 AM

Adorable and well done.
Congrats. #9947963

Michael G. Marshall 1/26/2012 9:41:09 AM

Wonderful winning image, Cheri! Congratulations! #9948050

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 1/26/2012 11:24:20 AM

Wowza! Very well deserved 1st Place win Cheri!

jo ann c. #9948265

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 1/26/2012 2:18:02 PM

Just beautiful, Cheri. Huge congrats. #9948610

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 1/26/2012 3:03:20 PM

Congrats, Cheri, on this stunning First Place Winner! #9948673

Cheri McEachin level-classic 1/26/2012 3:52:03 PM

Thank you everyone for your great support...I am on cloud 9 right now..:) #9948748

Kelly Alholinna level-classic 1/26/2012 4:03:44 PM

Congratulations on your win Cheri!! Those eyes are amazing!! #9948766

Kathy Wesserling level-classic 1/26/2012 4:09:04 PM

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. #9948778

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 1/27/2012 10:28:52 AM

Congratulations, Cheri on your fabulous First Place Win! #9950446

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 1/27/2012 12:05:41 PM

A keepsake Cheri! Congratulations on your huge win! #9950741

Katarina Mansson level-classic 1/29/2012 4:05:52 AM

So sweet and beautifully captured. Congratulations on your superb winner Cheri! #9953416

Cliff & Patti Smith level-classic 1/29/2012 8:05:33 AM

Gorgeous! print this one BIG and hang it proudly! Congratulations on this well deserved win. #9953696

Merna L. Nobile level-classic 1/30/2012 10:22:44 AM

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


David M. Montero level-classic 1/31/2012 2:35:26 PM

Beautiful portrait. Very soft and sharp. The aqua-blue eyes really grab you. Congratulations on your win Cheri! #9957839

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) level-classic 2/7/2012 8:21:19 PM

Congratulations on a wonderful WIN :-) #9970702

Christine R. Lobsinger level-classic 4/11/2012 7:33:14 PM

Knock out GORGOEOUS!!!!
Unbelievable Portrait!!!
Congrats again Cheri
An outstanding WINNER!
Smiling With You,
Chris #10086544

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Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 260.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 12/4/2011 11:12:13 AM

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