Hello and advice on a crop

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Hello and advice on a crop

Hi! I am a big time lurker...very novice hobby photographer. I take pics just for my own pleasure but wanted some opinions on how one would crop this particular photo. The mom, my sister, doesn't want her neck in the picture.

(I included a link to the full size)
Settings are:

Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250)
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO Equiv.: 400

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a43/jorgiegirl/simon173.jpg

Thank you for anyone who has the time to give me a bit of input! Biggrin

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Jordan-

:wavehello: I am glad you are posting! I am not the best here at all, so I am not much help, but I think it'll be hard to create a good horizontal crop. More than likely it will have to be a vertical b/c of the little amount of extra space on the right of the photo. I could be SOOOO WRONG though!

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Hiya Jordan! I don't pop by here very often anymore but I did today and saw you post, and I LOVE this picture! Did a quick play for you:

I cropped leaving negative space to the right where baby was looking. It left a little of mom's face, but since she was looking away I cloned her out. Then I stretched the remaining background to fill the frame (really easy to do in PS with the marquee tool). I did a little smoothing on mom's skin, took a little magenta out of the baby, resized and sharpened for web. That's it! OH and a little vignette too. Smile Not sure if it's your style or not, but I can send you the full size edit if you
want it. Smile

LOL sorry I misspelled your screen name, Jake's on my lap, ha!

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GREAT play! Love it! I wish I was that skilled at editing!

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Hi Sadie!! Biggrin

Meagan, thank you!! That looks great! I don't have PS or any editing program actually. I just bank on taking as good a pic as I can, and I don't really know much about any of that anyway, lol. I just know what I like. haha.

But thank you for playing with it! I would absolutely love the full size of your edit. I'll PM you my email addy. Biggrin In the mean time I really should pick up a book or two and get better at all this. It's fun.

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Oh my gosh, I love the edit! I was coming to say that I thought only a vertical crop would work. I have soooo much to learn in PS!

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Meaghan - how did you sharpen it up?

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I love the original as is, Meagan great edit.

If you don't want to spend the money on PS grab Gimp, the price tag is perfect, FREE :D.

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Beautiful picture Jordan, and beautiful play Meagan!

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That's a great play!! Love it!

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nice play Smile very cute shot!

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Thank you everyone. Smile

"Muddee" wrote:

I love the original as is, Meagan great edit.

If you don't want to spend the money on PS grab Gimp, the price tag is perfect, FREE :D.

Excellent!! I'll be downloading it today!

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NICE PLAY! I tried some vertical crops and they just never had the right feel to them. This is AWESOME!

Great to see you BOTH posting. Smile

GiGi