Here's 2 I took of Ryken today. He was very unwilling today, despite the smile I got in the second one. I was trying to go for the leading lines in the second one, but I think it's too tight of a crop to count?
eta: i did post these on ilp and changed a few things already, but I'm wondering what you all think too.
1. iso 400, ss 1/320, f 2.8
I wish his right eye was in focus!
IMG_8180-3 by willis2485, on Flickr
2. iso 100, ss 1/100, f 2.8
IMG_8151-3 by willis2485, on Flickr
Katie, I really like these! How is his eye not in focus? I mean yes, the left eye jumps out at me more because of the way he is positioned but the right eye still looks in focus to me? What was your conversion?
It's just not quite as sharp as the left one, it's especially noticeable when I enlarge it. By conversion, do you mean my process to convert it? For B&W, I usually use a preset and then alter it to my liking (is that cheating?). I then brought both into GIMP and cleaned up his nose and mouth because he was snotty from being outside. This was my first time using GIMP.
Yes, on the large version on Flickr, I do notice the eye. It probably wouldn't have been as bad if it weren't the eye closest to the camera. I'd like to see a little more direction to the light. I read on Flickr that it was in the garage? You could have rotated him a bit towards the inside of the garage and got a nice subtle shadow on his face. It would make the conversion even better. I do like the conversions a lot. What action is it? I've never tried any actions before.
I like the lighting better in the second one. The fence (?) is creating a little shadow on the left side of his face. Very nice! I don't think it quite works for the leading lines, though. I think there needs to be a little more of the fence in order for it to lead you to him.
I'd have to look and see which one I used. I usually use the B&W Look 4 or Low Contrast Presets in Lightroom and then tweak them. They almost always make it way too bright and the blacks are too much.
I'll have to try and get better directional lighting. I see exactly what you mean in the first one.
I agree with Stephanie's CC. You might want to check for blown whites. The second picture the left side looks really bright on my screen.
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