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SWINGING IN THE FOREST - Outside Moscow, Russia

For this photo I used flash and a slow shutter speed in an effort to capture both the literal motion of the swing, as well as the pure joy of an adult that gets to be a kid again, even if just for a a few moments. Admittedly, there are major technical issues with this shot: it's blurry (while the background is meant to be blurry, she isn't), grainy, and the subject is dead center in the frame (tried cropping this but didn't like it).

I took several other shots in which she was sharp, and placed nicely at a rule-of-thirds point, but I kept coming back to this one because of her expression and pose, which, in my opinion, better captures the essence of what I was trying to get at, in spite of the technical problems.

I think photographers (myself included) often get too caught up in worrying about getting things like exposure and sharpness exactly right and don't "focus" enough on simply connecting with the viewer emotionally. On the other hand, severe technical problems can definitely kill a photo sometimes, even if the subject is good.

I'd like to hear what you think... is the subject blur and noise outweighed by her smile and the way she's tightly clutching the rope of the swing, or should I delete this photo from the site?

P.S. The post-production was pretty basic, and involved brightening the exposure a bit, a slight vignette, and adjusting sharpness and noise levels as much as I could (which was not very much). The background blur was created in-camera and I didn't do any local adjustments.