I really like the last one a lot, shadow_grey! The light and the shadows are lovely. The orientation does seem a bit strange in the sense that I feel it'd make more sense for the fork/knife to be facing another way (perpendicular, leading out to the right edge), but this orientation allows you to see the flowers and may have allowed you to catch the light better.
The third one is also very nice. I like your chosen depth of field and the reflections and the wood tones. I wonder if a soft light layer at a lower opacity (maybe 40%?) would warm it up nicely.
For the first two, I'm not sure what to think about the tree. The shot is nice, and the tree isn't that wonderful, but it doesn't bother me too much... but on the other hand, removing it seems to create a lot of negative white space in the upper half of the image, and I'm not sure that works well either. That's why I like the third image better. I think it presents the place settings nicely without emphasizing the tree "problem".
Tracy gave you some great CC that I completely agree with. I guess, I'm left wondering if you could have shot from the opposite direction or was it the same view no matter what direction? If not, I'd like to see you standing on the other side of the table and shooting, so you don't have that distraction from outside, and could have avoided the tree all together.
For #1, if you couldn't have avoided getting an outdoor view, could you have stood up on a chair or a stool or something and got more of the table in the frame? You wouldn't have had to shoot down on the table. Still at an angle, but only getting the table in the image. Does that make sense? Just a thought.
Tracy- I love the leaf photo! The B&W could use some more umph on Nora's pic. I LOVE#4. I think if you had less clouds it would be even better!
Shadow- Tracy gave some great CC. I am not too great at giving cc on anything other than portraits (working on that!) but I love these. Great job!
Nice shots, Sadie!
I think #1 and #2 are the same? The file names seem to indicate so. At any rate, it's a great shot. He doesn't exactly look happy to be there, but it's a guy thing, especially -- if I assume correctly that it's a senior shoot -- at that age! I think I would like to see a little less wall and a little more space on the right, but otherwise, I like it.
#3 is a neat idea, but somehow it's not doing it for me. What were your settings there? I'm wondering if opening up a bit more (if possible) so that their hands were more sharply focused and everything else was a bit softer might make it work. Or shooting from a slightly higher angle so you see a tiny bit of their faces and not just hair/bows. I'm not sure really.
Thanks Tracy! I didn't realize it didn't copy when I transferred it over! LOL! It's fixed now! Yes, he is a senior. I got some smiling ones and some serious ones. He's not a huge smiler, so this is him. As for #3, I guess it was just something I visioned in my head. Wishing it worked more. Bummer
Originally Posted by TracyF
Oh, #2 is beautiful! Wonderful light in the eyes, and great colour. Love the soft downy hair too!
Man, I really want that 85mm.... ;)
#1 - Dreamy bokeh here! I think this looks a little too pink for my tastes. But I'm a clean/rich color edit kind of girl. I wish you were raised just slightly. Is he tall? Looks like you're shooting up on him a little. I think a little stool could have fixed that.
#2 - What a fantastic shot! Love all the light you caught in baby's eyes! And awesome eye contact! Not a huge fan of the blanket, but that's just really nitpicky.
#3 - I really love the idea of this one. It has a Meg Bitton feel to it. I've been wanting to try one similar to this. The highlights are a little bright, and I'm wondering if you could bring that down a bit. I wish the other girl's legs would have been poking up too. Maybe with one knee bent and the other leg crossed over it? The hand holding is great :)
Steph, I love his boots in #3! So cute!
#1 and #2 feel a bit too busy with the rose bushes to me. I really like the light in #1 though. If you had Sadie's 85mm, maybe #1 would work a bit better, just to get softer with the roses! ;) Just teasing you, because I know you really want that lens (as do I!!!).
He doesn't look really comfortable in #2. Again though, the light is great! I think I would crop it a tad bit tighter to remove the dark spot in the upper left (a door?)
#3 is my fave of the set. I like the light, composition, and of course those awesome boots!