Back with bad news and some shots

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tialee80's picture
Joined: 02/04/12
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Back with bad news and some shots

So I am sure some of you have noticed that most of my shots are SOOC. If you know me from the scrapbooking board you already know this but for those who don't I figured I would share. A few years ago I was in a very bad auto accident. So bad I almost lost my son(Thank god Damien is 3 and doing well) and ended up with a very bad neck injury. Doing anything with my neck for long periods causes me really bad pain. This is half the reason I can't sit down long enough to learn lightroom! The other night I figured that I was going to try to learn till my neck hurt and then I would stop. Bad idea! I ended up in the ER with severe neck pain and muscle spasms. Yesterday was my appointment to have my second procedure of burning of the nerves but it didn't go so well. To make a long story short I have since moved my computer to where my arms are touching a table and I will try to learn lightroom from a laptop on the couch. I better post quick before dh yells at me for being on the computer.

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And the 2 that landed me in the ER! You can see what I was going for (I hope) but it just wasn't working. I'm going to nail this shot one day!lol

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Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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Oh no! I hope that you start to feel better soon!

I think that in #1&2, you could have backed up some. #1 isn't quite so bad, but I definitely would have liked to see both of her arms in #2. #2 is a little dark, so it could use a little brightening.

#3 looks pretty good. Great job on killing motion. I think it could be brightened some. Not sure if this is a different position than #4 or if it's the clouds covering the sun, but it works much better here.

Do you shoot in RAW? That can really save a lot of editing time.

#4 just isn't there Sad What time of day was this? For a shot like this, you'll want to shoot later in the day (or early early morning) and opposite the sun. That way you can get both the sky and subject exposed properly. Also make sure you're in evaluative metering.

tialee80's picture
Joined: 02/04/12
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Thanks Stephanie, here is an example where I backed up a little but everytime I did I would blow out the sky. I was under a pavilion.
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I have not tried shooting in raw yet but I am going to. I always thought it took longer cause you had to convert from jpeg?
#4 was same time and day as 3 but there was a storm coming in so the sky was changing. I don't like #4 but I had to put it up for the day when I "get it" so I can say remember when I first tried lol. I wanted them both from the side like in #3 but from where they were, they both jumped at an angle. Even if the jump was perfect the sky was so bad laughing at myself now. I'm going to get this one day and frame it nice and big:)(oh and it was 5:00 in #4 I should add the sooc shot cause I started this in lightroom and gave up. I think I made it way brighter than it was)

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Was the sun facing you? Have the sun to your back the next time. 5pm is a pretty good time to get this shot, so I think if you got them at the right angle, you'll get exactly what you want. I even got a shot against a blue sky at around 3pm, so it can be done.

I shoot in RAW + Jpeg. I'm not a big fan of editing, so if I have a snap that I want to share without processing I can. I've heard there are some drawbacks to shooting in both, but at this point, I'm okay with it.

tialee80's picture
Joined: 02/04/12
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The sun was facing me and the girls were over the lake. I was on my stomach aiming up so I would just get the sky(another reason my neck got so bad)I will try with the sun to my back next time thanks!

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Wow!! What an ordeal. I'm so sorry you're in such pain. I really hope the doctors can find a solution to this, or at least a way to help alleviate the pain Sad

I don't mind the blown background in the shot where you backed up. It's much more pleasing to see than the closer crop. #3 would be a real winner if you could fix the white balance of the shot. It's way to magenta. It could also use a bit of brightening IMO. The last jumping shot just doesn't do it for me. I think it's your angle. If you had come a bit more over to the left, you would get more separation of the girls, but still get a good angle so it wasn't straight on. Can't wait to see another shot at this! I SOO want to shoot a dancer. I've seen some amazing leg and jump shots that I'd like to try.