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CC Group #2

I'm snagging this first bit from Steph's post to start off the first CC group (then I'll add our schedule below her info about the group) .....

Here's our schedule for our CC group! Let me know if any of you would like a different day. We'll just keep posting our new images and CC in this thread and keep it going. Let's try to keep the images brand new, but if you have to go back a week or so, it's not a big deal. We just want to make sure that we're taking the CC and applying it to new images. When it's your day, post 1-3 images you would like CC on. Please remember to include your settings, including focal length. If you're still struggling with exposure, it would be helpful to also see the SOOC. Always feel free to provide the SOOC! You will always get helpful feedback when there's a "before" image.

It's important to give honest critique. At the same time, it's also important not to be harsh. Giving CC is just as important as receiving it. Analyzing others photos make you have a more critical eye on your own work. So please try to give CC every day.

Monday - GiGi
Tuesday - Amanda
Wednenesday -
Thursday - Katie
Friday - Tina

Tina has said she can do either Wednesday or Friday. Tia ... do you have a day you prefer? Monday, Wednesday, or Friday is currently open. Once you two pick your days, I'll take whatever is left - any of these days will work for me.

If anyone else is interested in joining, we can add 2 more over the weekend if there is interest.

I'm looking forward to getting our first posts started!

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks for getting this started.

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Hope it's ok I start posting today. I took Sully's 2 year old photos about a week ago. I know they're a little too sharp. I think when I export from lightroom I need to stop sharpening for screen before uploading to flickr because they are getting way too crunchy. All shot in manual, raw, with my 35mm.

1. f 3.5, iso400, 1/400

IMG_5744 by willis2485, on Flickr

2.f 3.5, iso400, 1/400
That green branch thing definitely bothers me, so I'll have to try and clone it out Smile

IMG_5752 by willis2485, on Flickr

3. f 3.5, iso400, 1/640

IMG_5801 by willis2485, on Flickr

4. f 5.0, iso400, 1/250

2 years old! by willis2485, on Flickr

5. f 5.0, iso400, 1/640

Baby boy is 2! by willis2485, on Flickr

Here's one of Ryken I took today. I processed it a lot differently than I ever have. It's for a weekly challenge I do on flickr. The topic this week is Euphoria. It's in our wooded area in the backyard of our new home.

6. f 2.8, iso400, 1/320

30/52- Euphoria! by willis2485, on Flickr

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Great set, Katie!

#1. I love his expression and the nice even light you got on his face. I love the sunburst and the blown sky doesn't bother me at all. However, I do wish you had opened up a bit more so that the tall grasses behind him were a bit more blurred. I think that may be all that is missing to make this an absolute killer shot. It's good as-is, but I think that if the grasses were more blurred then he would pop even more.

#2. You already know about the branch thing, so that is the only thing that jumps out at me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! his personality just SHINES here. The colors pop. His eyes look AMAZING! Great shot (imho)!

#3. I love your conversions and this is another example of just why I love them! B&W is perfect here. It shows off his personality and makes it a truly timeless moment. You *might* think about burning the top left corner where it is blown a bit, but otherwise, I can think of nothing to be done here. And even that, I'm not sure it's worth the effort.

#4. Love the long shadow, but there is something about this one that just doesn't grab me. I can't quite put my finger on it. As always, your conversion looks great. I think maybe he's getting lost here. Not sure. Will have to think about it and come back.

And speaking of coming back ... work is calling, so I'll have to bbl to finish my CC.

Thanks for kicking off this thread in style!

Tina ... since we haven't heard from Tia ... do you want to post on Friday and then Tia and I can work out who is on Monday and who is on Wednesday?

Let me know.

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They are all cute you did a great job getting your two year old to stay still enough to snap some shots.

1) I don't think I could have said it better than Gigi did, I agree with her.

2) Great eye contact, adorable picture, would love to see your cloning job on this one with the branch.

3) This is a well done conversion, personally I would like to see a tiny bit more contrast in it, that is just a personal prefference.

4) Again good conversion, I love the shadow and the idea but something here seems off. Possibly try a closer crop? leaving a little less sky and crop on the left.

5) Great siloette, love how vibrant the sky is.

6) I think the focus is great and you blurred the background well, even the lighting through the trees is beautiful, the colour processing is great too, I am not a fan of the angle on this one. Either being up a bit more or going around the sides may have worked better. But kids are unpredictable so sometimes the perfect angle is difficult.

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Thanks for the cc, ladies!
GiGi- I agree about opening up some. I've just been having major focus issues when I open up too much for full body shots. I usually keep it around 2.8, but decided to close up to hopefully get better focus. How do I burn? Is it something I can do in Lightroom or GIMP? I was curious about what others would think about #4. I think it's a mommy-goggle shot Smile

Amanda, here's #2 with the branch-thingy cloned out.


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Just have to reply- hope you ladies don't mind. Katie- i love your editing! Smile I love the eye contact and captures you have of your boys! I honestly adore #4. I don't know what it is, but it draws me in, so I don't think it's Mommy goggles! I also love #3 and I always love your b&ws. IS it an action?

The cloning, I can tell. But, that's b/c I saw the before.

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Katie the eyes in #2. WOW!!!!

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I want to give cc, but it's hard on my phone. I did want to tell you how cute he is though!! I bet you can't get enough lovin' in on him!

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With #2 the cloned out branch is a huge improvement, I do agree with Sadie I can tell there is a bit of cloning.

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OK. Time for me to finish .... sorry that took so long - my work is nuts most of the time, but it actually ramps up 3X during the year and this is one of those times. Sad

ANYWAY ...

I *love#5! This is a a great, classic shot. It does look over sharpened, but I"m sure that's a flickr thing. I even love how the balloons match the sky - makes it seem kinda surreal and I LOVE the effect!

#6. I like the processing on this one. It's different from your usual and it really works here. Gives is a retro feel. And it fits the topic of Euphoria quite well. I love that you can't see all of his face, I think it really makes the shot -leaves me wanting to see more, but totally getting caught up in the moment.

I'll bbl for my pics - looks like I will take Monday and we'll see who fills in the other days.

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Back again ... and time for me to share (first time in MONTHS *sigh*).

These are from Logan's judo belt test. They were taken in horrible fluorescent lights. I tried using the fluorescent WB setting, but they all came out way too cool. I need to invest in a grey card for situations like this. Anyway ... here they are:

all photos were taken w/ my 50mm lens at an ISO of 800.

1. ap=f/3.5 ss=1/200

2. ap=f/3.5 ss=1/200

3. ap=f/3.5 ss=1/200

Any/all thoughts - especially on the WB - much appreciated.

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On my laptop at work, can't really judge the colour (sorry) I love how sharp you get your sports shots, what ISO are you using?

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these were all taken at 800 ISO. that is pushing the limit of my D80. I usually stop at 400 ISO or have to resort to using some kind of noise reduction (& I just suck at that). But this time, exposure was good enough at 800 ISO that I did not use any noise reduction. I blew out some of the whites, but in this one case, I would rather err in that direction.

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GiGi- love these! So glad to see some work from you! Smile Your exposure and coloring looks good in all of these. I am going to have to be nit-picky, b/c of course, I am not a sports shooter!

1. Love the moment you caught here. My only CC is I wish that wasn't a window b/c that drew my eyes away. The writing mainly. How hard would that be?

2. It's slanted. I am not sure if that was on purpose, but I would like to see it straight just to see.

3. nit picky- just wish the man was looking. I love Logan's face!

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Thanks for the feedback, Sadie. With #1, I was limited to my position on the mat - I couldn't move left or right to get less of the window. Dang thing was making exposure really tough as well. For me, I like this one b/c I can see how hard Logan is working to set his friend down gently. It was going to be a tough landing and the kid was making it worse by holding on to Logan like that. *shakes head*

The slant in #2 was kind of on purpose - it was the only way to compose the shot and not chop off body parts. Not ideal - I've never been able to use the slant for artistic purposes.

#3 was kind of a snap shot. Grabbed last second as we were walking out of class. But it's just so classic for their relationship.

Thanks again!

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GiGi- I always love seeing your sports shots. It makes me excited for when my boys start sports in a few years! I agree with Sadie, that they're great so I'll just be nit-picky Smile

1. The blown areas do actually bother me a little and I wish the focus would have been more on their faces than their hands. The writing doesn't really bother me too much because IMO, it's part of the environment.

2. The slant is not my style at all, but that's just me Smile I love that it says 'confindence' on the wall behind them!

3. I love this! What a great capture.

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These are all SOCC was really struggling with PP so I thought I would get some new eyes on them, I know they are all a bit bright, it was just not the optimal time of day to be photographing.

Looking over my other pictures of the girls playing outdoors I really need to remember to up the SS got lots and lots of blurry stuff.

ISO 100
ap = f/5.6 ss = 1/320

ISO 100
ap = f/5.6 ss = 1/250

ISO 100
ap = f/5.6 ss = 1/160

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Can I just go ahead and take Fridays? Then if Wed doesn't work for Tia, we can trade.
I am currently rearranging my office, so I am just looking at these on my laptop right now. I'm going to finish that tomorrow, and get my monitor hooked back up so I an give some CC. Is anyone else nervous about that part of it? I could post my worst pics and hear picky CC all day, but thought of being the one CCing is frightening! Smile

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Sure thing, Tina! Friday is yours unless Tia has issues w/ that. I'm flexible with Monday as my day as well - I could do any day during the week (just no weekends).

CC was really hard for me when I first joined this board, but it really has been the thing that helps me the most with my own photos. By giving CC, I was able to identify what *I* like in a photo. Others have helped me with the technical aspects - especially in helping me to reproduce the things I liked in other photos - but it was by looking at a photo and asking myself what I thought worked and what didn't that helped me look at my OWN photos in that way.

I think others have found the same to be true for them. And don't worry - when you first start out, if you just concentrate on that part - the "what did I like about this photo"part, you'll do great!

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Amanda- Cute photos. Looks like a fun day picking blueberries! YUM! You said you have the 50mm 1.8 lens? I would try to use that more. I think you'll really see a difference. When it's midday and sunny, I would try to move them into the shade as much as possible for photos. Their hats in all 3 are blown and pretty distracting. Otherwise, the exposure looks ok, a little underexposed on her face in the first 2. I rarely shoot full sun because it's too frustrating for me.

So my advice is to drag your kiddos out into the shade and get your 50mm lens on that camera Smile

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Amanda ... full sun is TOUGH but I think you did a pretty good job considering the circumstances.

#1. the showdow on her face is unfortunate. the rest of the photo looks fairly well exposed, aside from her hat. I like that you got down low enough that we can clearly see her eyes. you might try duplicating the background and fixing the exposure on her face in the new layer so that it's closer to the way her arms look and then mask the rest of the photo back in.

#2. I love this fun shot! I wish you had been a little lower, but then again, you might not have been able to see as much of her face (the bowl might get in the way). I love the emotion though. Exposure looks even better here. Her face, while in shadow, is not much darker than her arms, so it doesn't seem an issue. And I only see one blown spot on her hat. BTW ... I keep thinking there is a spider on her hat and it freaks me out (I am seriously afraid of spiders). Wink

#3. this is a pretty sweet moment. It's a little over exposed, but not terribly so. On this one, for sure, I wish you had been a little lower - at the same eye level as your little cutie. I think it would take this sweet shot and make it really sing. Smile

BTW ... those berries look YUMMY!

TFS!

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Gigi that is an embroidered spider on her hat, it is from a hockey tournament that takes place close to Halloween. Thanks for the CC, I'll have to try the PP on the one of DD1 with a duplicate layer.

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I took these a few days ago since Ryken was in a semi-cooperative mood Smile All with my 35mm, iso 200, f 2.8, ss 1/500-640.

1.

IMG_6007 by willis2485, on Flickr

2. The only one I had him put his glasses on for. I just hate the glare and that I can't see his pretty eyes as well Sad

IMG_6010 by willis2485, on Flickr

3.

IMG_6000 by willis2485, on Flickr

4.Elbow chop and foldy blanket in the corner. I tried a different crop to get rid of the bunchy blanket part, but it seemed too centered. I dunno.

IMG_5998 by willis2485, on Flickr

5. This is probably mommy-goggles.

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You have the cutest boys, Katie! How nice of your oldest to cooperate. Here's my thoughts ...

1. Focus looks GREAT! Love the composition and the pop of color that the blanket gives. He looks a little green to me. I am at work, though, so take that w/ a grain of salt. I'm super impressed that you have such even shade - not a touch of dappled light like in the background. SWEET!

#2. the glare sucks. I have found when taking DH's pics (since he wears glasses) that it helps to get below him. That's not 100% effective, but I do find I get more good shots w/out the glare on his glasses when I shoot from below. Everything else about this one, I love! He doesn't look green here. Focus looks really nice. As for composition, he's fairly centered both horizontally and vertically, but honestly, I think it works here - he is front and center for this shot and I really like it.

#3. LOVE THIS ONE!!!! Your conversions are always great, but this is a true winner. His eyes look so bright. I will say that he looks older here, so maybe that's not so great. Wink They grow too fast. The hand chop might be an issue for some, but since I am drawn to his eyes, it's not a big deal for me.

#4. I don't mind the bunchy blanket - the dof minimizes that - but the elbow chop is more noticeable than the hand chop in #3. And since he is squinting more in this one, the eyes don't pull me as much either. Great conversion though (no surprise there).

#5. was he actually sleeping here or just pretending? The hand/arm position looks uncomfortable to me. Another winning conversion. And it's a sweet moment. I think I would like a landscape crop though - even though it would mean a double hand chop. Would have to see it to be sure though. I can see why you like it though.

TFS, Katie!

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I hope it's ok that I give CC here. There aren't as many of y'all and I would like to help out. Just let me know if you don't want me to!

Amanda- First off- full sun is sooooo tough!
1. Yes, her hat is blown here. I do wish she was a bit happier looking too.
2. This is a cute moment. I wish you would have bent down some and had her look at you! Too cute though!
3. She looks like she enjoyed it too! It is a bit overexposed.

Katie-
1. To me he looks yellow. IT's more of his skin than anything.
2. Even with the glare I love it! I think it's adorable! He's not as yellow here.
3 & 4- Yes the elbow chop is unfortunate, but I love your B&Ws and these are great. I personally like 3 better.
5. Not mommy goggles! I think it's a cute capture, but I would like to see it horizontally..

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Thanks, ladies! Sadie (and anyone else)- you're always welcome to cc our group too! Smile

I re-edited the first one. How does the color look now?


IMG_6007-2 by willis2485, on Flickr

I tried the 'sleeping' one of him in a landscape crop, and it just didn't seem to work. There wasn't enough room and seemed like too tight of a crop. I did do a landscape crop on a similar one that I think works. What you guys think?

Eta: I just noticed a stain on the blanket....definitely have to clone that Smile


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Katie ... the color looks better in this edit, but his face still seems a bit green to me. May just be my monitor though (yes, I'm back at work). I like the landscape crop on this new b&w. And that stain shouldn't be too hard to clone out. Wink

TFS!!!

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I took a few photos this weekend that I had hoped to post here today, but work got in the way and they are still on the computer.

In the meantime, though, I'll post a few of these. Logan has been willing to let me take a few snaps here and there as I try to find the areas in the new house with the best light (the boys promised me some family photos this month). And while these are mostly just snapshots, I'd love your thoughts on the light since that was their primary purpose anyway.

1. 50mm f/2.5 ss=1/100 iso=400

This one was taken in my cmputer room. It was taken at about 5pm in a west-facing room. I should have pulled the sheer curtains over the blinds so that he didn't get the stripes of light across his head like that. Sad

2. 50mm f/2.2 ss=1/50 iso=400

This is that same room as in #1. 2pm on a very bright sunny day this time. Blinds and sheer curtains were both closed. I know I blew out large portions of this one. Sad I'm liking the directional light though and hope to use it more effectively in the future.

3. 50mm f/2.8 ss=1/400 iso=200

4. 50mm f/2.8 ss=1/200 iso=200

5. 50mm f/2.8 ss=1/200 iso=200

These last 3 were taken on back porch area. East-facing at around 5pm. Full shade.

I know the vignette is too heavy in #4. I think the DOF is too shallow as well. I just really loved the color of that middle bloom. And this is as close as I can get w/ my 50mm - no macro lens or converter for me yet.

Anyway ... there's my set for this week. I hope to have something more exciting than snaps next week.

Take care!
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1. I like the comp of this and I even really like the light streaks- I really like lifestyle photography, so it suits my taste Smile Since he's showing his lego creation, I wish it were it focus as well.

2. This one definitely shows some of his personality! Love it! I agree, you have some nice directional lighting going on in this one and #1!

3. I have exactly 1 type of flower in our new yard, so I'm jealous of all your variety Smile I think I would like this better with a different perspective. The pointy parts of the plant being a little in focus as well as the flower bother me. My eyes don't know where to focus.

4. Yup, vignette seems a little strong. You got a fantastic bokeh! I almost wish there weren't the 2 flowers in the background.

5. I don't mind the shallow dof on this, I do think a tighter crop would work better though.

I really struggle with flower/nature photography, so you've inspired me to take some shots other than my kids for this week Smile

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1) I think this may be my favourite of the set, you've done a great job at gaging your brightness. You knew where correction was needed. I do agree with Katie, I would have loved to see the Lego in focus.

2) For me the sun is almost too much in this one, love that you captured his personality so well.

3) I do find the green prickly bits a bit of a distraction, I do love that you captured the flower beautifully, you can really make out how delecate it is.

4) I think Katie did some excellent CC on this one, beautiful flower.

5) Again I agree with Katie.

You always take such great pictures of your boys, I really liking seeing something different from you this week the flowers were a wonderful treat.

I should get out myself and take some shots of my flowers this week, hopefully I can find the time between the dog we are fostering (in hopes of adopting) and taking care of the girls, I am BUSY!

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Just 2 from me. It's been a really busy week!

1. iso 100, f 2.8, 1/2000

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2. iso 200, f 2.8, 1/320

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Katie ...

I truly adore #1! The perspective on this shot is just PERFECT! I love the slanted light behind him and the deep shadow on his face. I love seeing Popeye on his shirt and his little feet just shining in the sun. B&W is a great choice here. Makes it such a timeless childhood moment. I just don't think I wouldn't change a SINGLE THING about this photo!

The blown spots on #2 take away something from this one. I love his serious expression, but I sure wish I could see his eyes just a little bit better. The bright spots behind his yead, shoulder, and in the top left corner keep drawing my attention away from him. Love this conversion though! And he is, as always, just too cute for words!

TFS,
GiGi

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Sorry I missed my turn on Tuesday, was really busy :(, it's a bit of a shame since I had some soccer pictures I took in our yard that I wanted input on, oh well next week.

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It's Monday again, so here are my shots for this week ....

OK. So I had hoped to have some pics of my guys and I for review this week, but work got in the way yet again. *sigh*

Oh well ... I did have an unexpected surprise when a cousin came to town and we did an impromptu dinner. After dinner, just minutes before the sun went down we went to the backyard for some last minute photos. My cousin doesn't get to see her son very often so I know she will appreciate these photos no matter what, but I'd love to get these to a point where they don't look just like more snapshots, so your feedback is greatly appreciated.

All photos were taken w/ my trusty 50mm lens with an iso of 1000 - my camera really struggles above 400 and I have not yet run these through any noise reduction. I will likely do at least a light pass before preparing them for her CD.

1. f/3.5 ss=1/80

2. f/2.8 ss=1/50

this does not look so "flashy" on my monitor at home though I can see here where it really does. Any suggestions for PP to make that better would be MOST appreciated.

3. f/5 ss=1/80

as you can see, I really struggled w/ posing w/ the 3 of them together. I haven't done many family shoots and those that I have done have been with small children where they were often being carried, etc. These guys were really stiff and I struggled to get them to relax (despite being family and just hanging out in my back yard).

We may try to do some more pics in the fall when we can go outside w/out melting, so again, I'll take any suggestions to heart!

Take care everyone.

Best,
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GiGi,

1. I really like the pose and comp. He seems more relaxed in this one than in the last! The blown spots on his shirt really distract me though. He almost seems to be glowing. Did you take these in raw? Anyway you can recover it?

2. I'm not sure what you could do to make this less flashy in pp.... I only use lightroom. Her face seems overexposed, so maybe just lowering the exposure some would help. Maybe someone with better pp skills will have some ideas.

3. I don't think the pose is terrible, they just all look a little uncomfortable. Stiff, like you said Smile Again, the guys shirt and moms are blown in spots and very glowy. I bet Steph would have some good ideas for posing, since I don't take photos for anyone but myself. Posing 3 adults seems like it could be difficult, especially if they're not relaxed.

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I'm jumping in with some CC, if you guys don't mind. Smile

GiGi, these are far from snapshots Smile I think that your biggest challenge was his white shirt. It looks pretty bright, and agree that it looks kind of "glow-y" in the first one. Remind me, do you have Lightroom? I find that LR4 makes it pretty easy to fix bright highlights.

#1 - Like the pose here! I think I would have liked to see a more open AP. I think that would make the fence not feel so overpowering.

#2 - Yes, she does look flashy here Sad Again, I'd bring down the highlights and see what that does to help. She looks pretty bright.

#3 - I think that maybe having them sitting on the ground could have made them a little more relaxed. Probably in some sort of "triangle" pose. Here's an example.

The one I really want to share, I can't because she made me take them down (It was my FAVORITE family picture I took this spring Sad ), but basically mom and guy like the mom and dad are here, and maybe you could have had girl behind them in the middle wrapping her arms around the two of them, with mom and guy's arms holding girl's arms for a sense of connection?

Now, for this particular pose, I would have had the girl connecting with them with her arms. She looks like she had no clue what to do with them, so she got stiff with them. This would have also got rid of the "dead space" between her and the guy. I'd also see about straightening this one out slightly. Looks a bit crooked to me.

I think these are really nice, and she's going to LOVE having them! So awesome of you to take these for her!

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I think Katie and Stephanie have given you some really great CC, I think that these are definitely better than just snaps.

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Sorry not much to add this week and it's a bit late. Dealing with dog stuff a lot lately.

Here is a snap I took of Dana at the park one of the few pictures I did some PP on. I know the ISO could have gone up so I didn't blur the dog, but is there some PP I could do to further improve this?

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Looks like she's having fun at the park! I'm honestly not sure if there's much more you could do pp. Maybe try it in b&w? That's what I always do if I'm fed up with pping in color. For me, I don't care for the comp of the photo and the dog is distracting. I wish I could see more of her face too. What were your settings?

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I have 5 to share this week, but I only took 2 with my dslr. And to be honest, I like the ones I took with my iPhone better Smile I'm sure I've mentioned the weekly challenge I do on flikr before, but this week's theme is funky. I got 2 of Ryken that are just 'ok' in my mind. The 3 silhouettes I took with my iPhone last night. I SOOO wish I would have had my camera, but I'm still pretty happy with how these turned out. I adjusted temperature and exposure slightly with a program on my phone, so they're barely pp'd.

1. I know this is slightly oof. Since we moved, I haven't found a very good spot inside to shoot yet. Oh, and he is most definitely do the peace sign, not a gang sign Smile He just learned it, so sometimes he can't keep is other fingers down!
1/80, f 2.0, iso 400

33/52- Funky by willis2485, on Flickr

2. I can't decide if I like this one or not. I wish his peace sign was a little more obvious, his other fingers slightly up bother me. I dunno...
ss 1/80, f 2.0, iso 400

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Here's the 3 taken with my iPhone...

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Dana was playing in the tunnel when we thought hey, lets see if Sadie will go through, I thought it could have also made a good best friends photo, but Sadie didn't co-operate.

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"Muddee" wrote:

Dana was playing in the tunnel when we thought hey, lets see if Sadie will go through, I thought it could have also made a good best friends photo, but Sadie didn't co-operate.

Definitely! I would try to get a shot of them together in the grass without background distractions or if you have stairs outside somewhere.

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Katie ... your boys just OOZE personality! I love the peace sign!

1. The OOF areas don't really bother me too much as his hands are in pretty good focus and my eyes naturally go right there. But there is something off here. Can't quite put my finger on it. My first thought was that maybe this needed a bit more contrast, but I can see how that might cause some blow outs - especially on his shirt and face. Maybe a little more fill on his face so that his right eye isn't so dark. I'm not sure. But I still love this shot. And b&w seems like a great choice here!

2. I think this is really sweet. His eyes look great here and I actually love that he doesn't quite have the peace sign down right. It seems age appropriate and something you want to remember, kwim? Color and focus look really nice here!

3. I love these next 3 and can't believe they were taken w/ a phone! Even if it WAS an iPhone. All 3 are great, but this first one is my favorite, I think. I love seeing fathers with their children and this is one of those classic moments, imho. I would seriously have to consider some kind of big print of this were it my shot. :+)

4. Love this one too - just something about kids playing together that tugs at me. You really rocked your iPhone w/ these shots!

5. I love the perspective on this one. He looks so tiny in that big body of water. Color, focus, mood, everything is perfect here (imho).

Thanks for sharing Katie! I can't get enough!

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Amanda ...

I don't know what happened to the post I was SURE I had posted with your CC. Anyway ...

On the whole, I think your pp for this shot is pretty good. I am amazed with all of those bright colors that you don't have a real problem w/ color casts. In fact, both the dog and your DD look pretty good and not all fruit loop colored. Wink

The comp here just doesn't quite work. I think if you were to try this again, you might want to get on the other side of your DD so that you can catch more of her face. Straight on with the dog charging through might have been a good perspective too (though it might be scary if the dog were to launch right at you). Biggrin

Good on you for trying something new! I like the idea and think you could try it again sometime to see if the changes in angle might make it work better.

TFS!
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Sadie won't launch at you, she's a great and well behaved dog, worst case you'd get knocked over by a bit of her clumsiness.

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That's how our dog is too - but sometimes she gets so happy to see us that we get knocked over. Wink

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This has been a really tough work week for me, so I don't have much to share.

This is my puppy princess. She was very sick in this photo (she got into something - I think she ate a toad). She rarely lets me take her picture, so I know she was feeling pretty awful.

1. f/2.8 ss=1/125 iso=1000

and here is my boy working on some drawings
2. f/2.8 ss=1/125 iso=800 I used my flash bounced off the ceiling here

3. same as #2

he seems to have a pretty strong color cast on him here. I tried to clean it up a bit, but only managed to make him look really grey. I may have to convert to b&w to make this a keeper.

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1) Cute puppy, though you can defineatly see that she's not well. This picture to me seems a bit dark in places, I think if you played with the levels a bit you might be able to brighten it up.

2 & 3) I really like these you did a great job. You already seem to know what mistakes you've made though personally it doesn't bother me. I'd love to see your B&W conversion

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GiGi,

1. I'm a sucker for animal! Smile I think it's a very sweet photo. The blacks do seem to be clipped on her back, but that could just be from the bright light on her. It doesn't bother me at all, though. I love the way her paws are crossed. Love, love!

2 & 3. I like these both a lot. These are some of the shots I love of my kiddos the most...just them being kids Smile I do prefer 1 because of his facial expression. You can tell he was really into the drawing. I also with the cube toy wasn't in #2.

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Between the puppy and a wedding (I was the Matron of Honor) I went to this weekend I really haven't had much time for pictures. Apollo did take a pretty good nap today so I took the time to go over the pictures DH took at the wedding.

This one I took myself with a P&S that is very limited on settings I've done some PP on it but would love CC on that and how I could better improve it.

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