Hey ladies, just wanted to pop in a and apologize for my absence in this group. I should've known before I jumped on board, but I was just so excited, thinking this is exactly what I need! However, right now I am just a few weeks away from having a baby, my boys have just started a new school year, and I started a new job (an awesomely rewarding job, btw!). That all seems to be more than enough for me at this moment. I'll still be checking in here when I can, probably mostly lurking. And hopefully this fall when things settle down a little, I can come back?
This one looks pretty green to me, Amanda. Try moving the slider in ACR towards the magenta side to see if it helps. You may need to even do a hue/sat layer.
I'm glad you were able to grab this shot - she just looks so sweet! Being a member of the wedding party makes it really hard to get anything - even snaps! So kudos to you for making the effort.
I do agree with Stephanie on the green cast. There is also a blown spot just above her head. But I think that, personally, I would love to see this as a b&w. The dainty dress and fancy shoes just cry out to me for b&w.
She looks adorable here and I think b&w might be a way to minimize the background and bring the attention back to your sweet subject.
Don't worry about it! We'd love to have you join in for CC until your life settles down enough for regular posting. But even that is not necessary. When you are able to come up for air again, let us know and we'll find a place to plug you in.
I've struggled with the green, so decided to take some advice and try a B&W, here is my first attempt.
This was done with an RGB Decompose, then I just played around with the settings until I got something I liked.
Amanda ... I really like this b&w edit! You might even consider adding a vignette to diminish the background a little. But even as-is, I think this looks really sweet.
It's been a crazy day and I was beginning to think I would never get these off the camera in time. These are Logan's first day of school pics from this morning. All taken w/ my trusty 50mm at f/3.5 and iso of 800. ss varied a bit depending on available light.
and this one is from a few days ago, just playing around the house. thinking about a b&w conversion, but haven't had the time or energy yet.
3. f/2.8 1/125 - flash bounced off of window just behind my left shoulder
1 & 2) Great exposure on both of these, you always seem to do really well with that. I am not a fan of the wall/door in the background on these I think it's probably just the angle.
3) This captures some great emotion, and again your exposure is great on your son, I do find the bricks he's sitting on are a bit over-exposed, but it's not bothersome. I would love to see a conversion on this.
I was at the Ex (a fair) in Toronto yesterday and didn't get home until late, I'll try to post a pic for CC tonight or tomorrow (I'm at work on my laptop right now).
Amanda- I like your b&w! She looks so sweet
1 & 2. These are both so sweet! I can't decide which expression I like better. I do agree with Amanda, the 3 differing backgrounds are a little distracting. I wish the entire background was the white brick/red brick. It's not a deal breaker for me though. He has great connection with the camera, so I really like these both.
3. This one isn't working for me. The angle is off for me, I wish his foot wasn't chopped, and the blown spots on the brick are distracting. I think if you would have stood more straight on to him rather than at an angle, it would have worked a little better. I love his playful expression, though.
Sorry I've been mia, girls! With work and a remodel on our dining room & living room, life has been hectic. I almost feel silly for posting these for cc because they are soooooo snappy. Anyway, here they are
All of these are iso 100-200, f 2.8-3.2, ss 1/160-1/500. Exact settings are on my flickr.
1. Green tongue from his popsicle.Green popsicle tongue! by willis2485, on Flickr
2.swing by willis2485, on Flickr
I was trying for some good directional lighting on these next two.
3.IMG_6440 by willis2485, on Flickr
4.IMG_6449 by willis2485, on Flickr
1. I *love* the green tongue! You got great focus and really nice bokeh here. I do wish his eyes were a little lower, but that is the only suggestion I have for this one.
2. this may be my favorite of the set. I really love how you used the lines of the swing. Love the use of the light here as well - really sets a great mood!
3. that grin is just too much for me! how sweet! focus looks really nice. I do wish his face were a tad brighter, but I can see there is a spot on his forehead that might not brighten very well. It just looks a tad on the dark side for my taste.
4. GREAT JOB HERE! focus and exposure look great. your conversion is light and bright which works so well for summer time photos (imho). even in black and white, I can feel the frosty-ness of the popsicle. love it!
I had one of those days yesterday where a ton of things all came due at once. Got 'em done, but posting here fell off the list. So I thought I'd squeeze them in real quick.
1. 50mm f/3.5 ss=1/160 iso=500
this is my puppy princess at the golden hour. i had to run her to exhaustion to get this shot (she likes to rush the camera otherwise)
2. 50mm f/3.5 ss=1/160 iso=500
this is just one of the flowers in my backyard. I really wish I had a macro lens or some kind of extension tube b/c I just can't seem to get very close. I wish this one was sharper, but this was the best of the batch.
3. 50mm f/6.3 ss=1/200 iso=400
some of the moms have asked me to take some judo/karate pics later this month, so I pulled out the strobes and tried a few practice shots w/ DH and the boy. It didn't go very well. This was my favorite from the set and I know it has its issues as well. But I'd love to hear what you think.
1. I think everything here looks great! Only thing I might try is a different crop since her eyes are so centered, but even then I kind of like it centered
2. I like the comp, but it looks like some of the detail has been lost in the flower. I think the yellows are blown maybe?
3. I wish there was a little more light on his jacket. There's something with the lighting in this that doesn't appeal to me. I do like the pose, just wish the lighting was different.
I'm REALLY hoping to have a few to share this week. I've been really busy, and now have a terrible cold.
Thanks for the feedback, Katie. That last shot, I really needed more light on his back, especially coming from camera right. And I wish I had made him round his shoulders forward a bit so that the writing was more clear.
Sorry you are feeling under the weather ... hope you can shake it off quicly!
I've been awful at keeping up with this thread :(. Have to get a few things done around the house then I'll try to get to it.
No worries, Amanda! WE all struggle with it.
Post when you can. It's mostly just the 3 of us anyway, so that leaves us a lot of room to post when we can (silver lining!).
Great shots and great CC, I really don't have anything to add.
Our male cat Mal lounging on a rock outside.
Just bumped up the contrast a little.
Our dog Sadie taking a drink at the dog park.
Some minor colour adjustments, put the contrast up a tiny bit and cropped, would love to know how to clone out the trash on the ground.
SOOC - Just adore this shot, DH with our dogs, the white and the brown & white, and one of the other dogs at the dog park.
1. Your kitty has AMAZING eyes! I love how you have captured them here. I really don't have much to CC on this shot - the composition, the color, the exposure and focus all look really nice. There is a SLIGHT blown spot on his lower neck/chest area, but it's not enough to really draw my attention. I love the angle you took so that his eyes really stand out.
2. what editing program do you use? let me know and we can talk about how to clone. color looks a bit warm here - lots of yellow hues. I kind of wish you had gotten lower for this shot. I fell kind of disconnected from your pup here.
3. this is a fun shot! I love hos the dogs are all so focused on your DH. the horizon looks tilted to me - I keep turning my head as I look at the photo. Once we talk about cloning, you might want to think about getting rid of the water bowl and the shadow in the bottom portion of the frame. Otherwise, this is a fun shot and I can see why you like it! Looks like you were out in full sun and I'm super impressed that your white dog is not blown at all!
I use gimp, I keep looking at other editing software (Adobe & Lightroom) but the cost just keeps deterring me.
1. I actually do not prefer the angle, but that's JMO. I think the exposure is awesome though. The eyes are really cool!
2. I agree that I feel kind of disconnected from the dog. You should be able to just use the clone tool in gimp, I've used it before and it works really well. I'm wondering if a B&W would suit this photo better?
3. I see why you like this photo! I wish the cooler and head in the bottom of the frame weren't there though.
I would keep your eye out for deals on lightroom. I was able to get Lightroom 3 for $150 when they released edition 4. It has been worth ever penny! It's very user friendly.
Here's mine for the week...
1. iso 200, f3.2, 1/640. I have such a hard time editing color. This one was quite dark to begin with, and it was a struggle. Of course, I have it in b&w and like that better, but I really need to edit more in color too!IMG_6768-2 by willis2485, on Flickr
2. iso 200, f2.8, 1/400037/52- Places & Spaces by willis2485, on Flickr
3.iso 200, f3.2, 1/1000 I can't decide if I like the tilt or not.IMG_6751 by willis2485, on Flickr
4.iso 200, f3.2, 1/320 Is this mommy goggles? Is it even obvious what he's doing? IMG_6721 by willis2485, on Flickr
5. iso 200, f3.2, 1/640IMG_6717 by willis2485, on Flickr
6. iso 200, f3.2, 1/500IMG_6785 by willis2485, on Flickr
Your boys ALWAYS crack me up!!!
1. this one looks a bit off in the color. His face looks a bit on the green side. The background looks a good deal brighter which is, I'm guessing the reason he was so dark to begin with. Personally, I will expose for the face and if I blow the background, then I blow the background. This is one of those times when bracketing shots so that you can expose for both background and face is helpful - then you can combine the image HDR style and get a proper exposure across the whole image.
2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the leading lines!
3. the tilt doesn't bother me very much (& I am typically not a fan) but his face looks a bit dark to me. I would lighten it up even if it meant blowing parts of the background. I love that he looks like a coiled spring ready to be sprung.
4. It's obvious to me. I miss those leg hugs! I'm a fan of the b&w here. The darker tones really set a neat mood.
5. WOWSERS!!!!! I don't know what that bright line is behind the bloom, but it is PERFECT there - really sets off the delicate features of the flower!
6. love the bokeh here, but I'll be honest, I'm not sure where to look. I think maybe a tighter crop would help, but I understand why you left it like this - to see the leaves and all so beautifully blurred is hard to crop out.
I shared a few of these on the flashback thread last Friday. Loli joined the orchestra this year and has been waiting for the day he finally got to bring it home and show it to us. In fact, he actually REQUESTED that I take pictures of him with it and that NEVER happens.
So here are a few of my favorites:
all of these were taken in full shade on my back porch with my 50mm at iso=200
1. f/2.5 ss=1/100
the elbow chop is unfortunate
2. f/2.5 ss=1/160
3. f/2.5 ss=1/160
this was my favorite of the bunch and I tried a lot of different processing with it. my favorite is the one I put on the flashback thread. but I also really like this b&w:
4. f/2.5 ss=1/160
I know these are a day late, but I'm neck deep in my day job right now.
These were all taken at Loli's first soccer game of the fall season. Full sun (ug) on a VERY hot September day. Temp was around 95F for most of the game. Anyway ...
1. f/5.6 ss=1/1250 iso=400 focal length=200mm
2. f/5.6 ss=1/1250 iso=400 focal length=135mm
3. f/5.6 ss=1/1250 iso=400 focal length=200mm
4. f/5.6 ss=1/800 iso=400 focal length=130mm
I'd say you did pretty good for shooting these in full sun, GiGi! They look a bit green to me, though. I love how you singled him out in #2!
Thanks Steph. They look green to me too, now. I'll have to pull 'em back up and see if I can pull some of that out. The green jerseys in full sun are going to be fun.
Our game this week is earlier, so hopefully I won't have the overhead light - maybe directional light will help.