In the Silver Maple tree

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Just caught my son leaning on a branch of the Silver Maple we have in backyard. I think I should have opened up the lens more to blur out the branches more. What do you think?

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I see what you are saying, but this is still a very nice image. Since there are so many great things about the image, like his smile, eyes, expression, and pose, maybe you could try masking and applying a blur in Photoshop. I think it's a keeper either way.
 
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The mood and capture are terrific. You can always use a guasian blur on the bg if you'd like it more obtuse.
 
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I took the liberty of doing a quick edit, here are the steps:

Create a duplicate layer
apply a gaussian blur
Using the eraser with soft edge on the duplicate layer erase the face and any other areas you want in focus
Flatten layers
Create a new blank layer
Using a soft edge brush apply red paint to cheeks
Make new layer mode overlay and adjust opacity to taste
Flatten Layers
Using a soft edge brush and the dodge tool draw over the coloured part of the eye to release colour and highlights
Burn the midtones on the background to better frame the face
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Hope you like it, it was just a quick edit
 
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I see what you are saying, but this is still a very nice image. Since there are so many great things about the image, like his smile, eyes, expression, and pose, maybe you could try masking and applying a blur in Photoshop. I think it's a keeper either way.
Thanks Fred.
 
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I took the liberty of doing a quick edit, here are the steps:

Create a duplicate layer
apply a gaussian blur
Using the eraser with soft edge on the duplicate layer erase the face and any other areas you want in focus
Flatten layers
Create a new blank layer
Using a soft edge brush apply red paint to cheeks
Make new layer mode overlay and adjust opacity to taste
Flatten Layers
Using a soft edge brush and the dodge tool draw over the coloured part of the eye to release colour and highlights
Burn the midtones on the background to better frame the face
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

Hope you like it, it was just a quick edit
Wow Chris...very nicely done! I was going to do it a slightly different way but this works great. My wife just looked at it and loved it.

Thanks for the taking the time to do this...and to explain how you did it!
 
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Wow Chris...very nicely done! I was going to do it a slightly different way but this works great. My wife just looked at it and loved it.

Thanks for the taking the time to do this...and to explain how you did it!

No Problems at all Frank, with a higher res image and a little more time this picture has great potential. He's a very cute little boy and the picture really shows this well.
 
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