4 for CC please!

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4 for CC please!

I had an opportunity to photograph my two nieces this morning. The sun was getting pretty harsh, so I tried to find the best shade I could. I really want to try to get out early next time!

Any and all CC welcome and appreciated!

1)
I don't like the pose, but how's the color? All of mine tend to be cool, so I tried to warm it up. Any other CC welcome as well!

Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

2)
This I need a lot of help on. I really like the tractor...especially the color. I have no idea what type of posing would go well with this. She was kind of over it by this point Smile

Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

3)
This is my other niece. She has incredibly fair skin!

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

4)
Not sure about the b&w. And did the focus fall on the tree to the left?

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6187

I hope you don't mind, but I played with two of them. The first one just seemed to need a bit more color, so I did a duplicate layer with soft light and adjusted the curves.
The second one I couldn't help but add a color pop to the awesome tractor! I also cropped it to where she wasn't directly in the middle. It's in private flickr, but I will take it down if you want.


another to edit by sadieruth, on Flickr
I still feel like this one is too green and her face needs to be brighter, but just showing you what it could look like with some color pop.

one to edit copy by sadieruth, on Flickr

as for the other two-
#3- I like this one.
#4- I think the focus is on the tree, and I could give it a go in b&w IF you want....

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Posts: 880

"newtomom" wrote:

I had an opportunity to photograph my two nieces this morning. The sun was getting pretty harsh, so I tried to find the best shade I could. I really want to try to get out early next time!

Any and all CC welcome and appreciated!

1)
I don't like the pose, but how's the color? All of mine tend to be cool, so I tried to warm it up. Any other CC welcome as well!

Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400 (I would lower this to 200 or 300) You need a bit more contrast as well so I would play with curves to achieve that.

2)
This I need a lot of help on. I really like the tractor...especially the color. I have no idea what type of posing would go well with this. She was kind of over it by this point Smile

Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400 Your settings are fine here but you need to play with the color some because the shadows are picking up a lot of the green. I would add some magenta. And a slight play with curves adding an ever so slight amount of contrast.

3)
This is my other niece. She has incredibly fair skin!

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400 This is beautiful but you could add maybe a little warmth to it. You don't have to because it is very close to perfect - but I like warmth so I probably would.

4)
Not sure about the b&w. And did the focus fall on the tree to the left?

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400 The focus did seem to fall on the tree...

Great work - keep up the practice!

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

Nice job! I agree, just more pop needed in the first two, and they are pretty yellow-green from the surroundings.

The 3rd one looks perfect except her eyes are pretty centered.

The B&W looks pretty but may need a bit more darks? not sure.

Joined: 10/26/01
Posts: 3423

You have some truly beautiful nieces! And for being in harsh sun, you got some really nice looks here.

1. As others said, this looks a bit washed out. But your composition is really nice. Be careful to not chop the elbow - you clipped it just a hari here. I don't find it too bothersome though b/c I am drawn right to her beautiful eyes. You got some really nice focus here considering you shot w/ such a wide open aperture and I just love what it did to the background - the separation you got is really nice. with some basic pp (like what Sadie did) you can really make this shot POP!

2. You know, her 'over it' attitude actually goes well with the tractor. Smile For something a little more playful, I would have her sit on the hood or at least climb up on the tire. As you are in the shade, you can probably drop your ISO here and slow down your shutter speed a bit. Let in a bit more light and the colors will also appear a bit deeper wich I think would go great here. You might also try this as a b&w - there is a lot of texture in this shot and I think it would translate well to b&w.

3. what an adorable little girl! Your focus looks quite lovely and exposure looks good too. I'm at work, so I can't say too mucha bout color, but she looks a touch cool to me here. I could be way off though - this monitor sucks. Wink I love the composition - it makes me wonder what she's looking so intently at. And that slight smile seems full of mischief. Great shot!

4. yes, the focus looks like it fell on the gree, but it's not terribly noticable at this size. I think a slight bump in contrast here would be really nice (but I tend to be a fan of high contrast b&w, so take that for what it is worth).

Great use of shade in this set. Despite the sun you mentioned, no one is squinting and exposure looks pretty even across the board!

TFS!
GiGi

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

I think you got some nice feedback already on these, but I'll add in some of mine, though it might be repeating a bit.

#1 - Just needs a bit of a pop.

#2 - I actually quite like this one. I like Sadie's crop.

#3 - I really like this one, and I think you got some nice focus.

#4 - I, too, thought that the focus fell on the tree. Looks a little bright in some spots. I'm horrible at conversions, so I won't comment on that Wink

Joined: 10/20/07
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I didn't have time to read the other CC, but at first glance the first two seem very yellow, with #3 I would go a tad warmer and bump the contrast, but I really like this one! The last one is what I call a "pooping in the woods" pose. Sorry, but every time I see this pose it makes me think that... I think the focus fell to the left of the image and the right side of her face seems blown to me... Your nieces are beautiful! Good job getting out there and practicing!

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Joined: 08/14/06
Posts: 2365

No CC to add, but your nieces are beautiful. Sadie's work on the first two really makes them pop. The third one is very sweet!

Joined: 08/22/06
Posts: 621

Thanks so much everyone! I love having this place to get CC! It's really helping me out!

Sadie - thanks for playing with the first two! I have no idea how to make the colors pop with PP, but I see the benefit in it, especially with the tractor one! I'll definitely be practicing more shots with it soon Smile