4 new pics (some with new lens!)

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4 new pics (some with new lens!)

I got a new lens!!!! Yahoo Over the Spring Break, Randall told me to go ahead. I would have loved to have bought the 50mm 1.4, but I had to go with the 1.8. I really shouldn't have bought it seeing that we didn't have the money, but Randall wants me to learn more and more and I was so excited to purchase it. I went to Best Buy, but they didn't have it, so I called the local video/camera store and they did! I went straight there and got it! I was so excited. I love the bokeh on it. I was amazed at how much it changed the look of my pics. I have this horrible ugly fence, and it make it look like I didn't have a fence! YEAH!

Anyways, here a few new pics. Some are with the 50mm, so aren't. CC please. I need to learn.

1)- 50mm lens. I don't know what I was doing wrong on the set of pics I took last night, but something is off. I feel like some of it is oof, like his left (our right) eye. Shutter speed to slow?
1/160, f/1.8, ISO- 800 (had to go high b/c I didn't want to use the flash and the sun was almost gone)

2) 50 mm. This is hard for me to post b/c we had to put her to sleep on Monday. We only had her for 6 days, but she had parvo. Sad She was a super sweet dog though.
1/500, f/1.8, ISO- 100

3) Not 50mm. This was taken at the park about a week ago.
1/200, f/4.2, ISO- 250

4) This was taken at the canoe race. Just wondering what I could have done better. I know the background isn't great, but I love my men!
can't get the info on this one, but I am sure the ISO was about 200 or so.

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1st off ... YAY for the new lens!!!!!

Here's my c&c ... can't comment too much on color b/c I'm at work and not calibrated (and on a sucky monitor Blum 3 )

1. You do only have 1 eye in focus. That's the f/1.8 ... if you had closed it down just a little ... say 2.2, I think you would have been able to get both eyes and maybe even his mouth, nose and chin as well. Great composition though - he's got such a sweet face! I dunno how you don't spend all day kissing it. Wink

2. what a sweet face! that must be breaking your heart that she was only w/ you for a few days. this is a really nice shot and both eyes look great. again, I think I would close the ap down just a little so that the whole face and maybe the ears were also in focus.

3. LOVE THIS ONE!!! What a great use of shade! I can see the bright sun behind her, but her face looks perfectly exposed and her eyes have very nice light in them!!!

4. this is a super sweet moment - plain and simple! I love how they're gazing at one another. SO SWEET! as for making it better ... the only thing I can think of is that there is a lot of negative space at the top. and since the background isn't super, I would consider a tighter crop. I know this screws up print proportions, but really, it's the only thing that I find 'off' about the shot.

TFS, Sadie!!! I can't wait to see your next batch of pics w/ the 50mm. That lens is the one that really turns things around for so many of us (it did for me)! I know you are going to do GREAT THINGS with it!

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks GiGi. I will use it more this week, so I am looking forward to posting some new pics. I have a maternity shoot coming up, plus some kid shots as well. Thanks for the advice on closing it up some. I will try that. I also agree with the negative space. I will recrop! THANKS!

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I really like your pics. I am so sorry about your puppy, what a sweet little face she had. What is parvo? I love the pic of her....that bokeh is so interesting--was there tall grass around her, maybe, that made those little "brushstrokes" all around her?

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

I really like your pics. I am so sorry about your puppy, what a sweet little face she had. What is parvo? I love the pic of her....that bokeh is so interesting--was there tall grass around her, maybe, that made those little "brushstrokes" all around her?

Here's a link for parvo. It was bad. We were upset b/c we got her from a local pound and she HAD to have had it when we got her, but they are denying it. :confused: Actually, the bokeh is mainly just grass. It's not tall at all, just our brown grass. Can't wait until we get green grass, but then that means we need to mow! :rolleyes:

Thanks for the comments.

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What an awful disease. And that the pound is denying it's there--that is horrible of them and it'll lead to many more heartbreaks Sad

I know I can't wait for new green grass either!

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You've got some good CC so far. I can see some colour issues with a couple of them, but I'm too jso to know how to fix them! :rolleyes: Your kid's are very cute! I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy Sad That must be very hard on your family.