Thanks for the feedback! I kind of like macros where you can't entirely figure out what it is... I'm a bit weird that way. :D But I have another poinsettia shot... does this one work any better for you, Amy?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/8227997594/" title="Poinsettia 2 by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8204/8227997594_2de672c45f_z.jpg" width="426" height="640" alt="Poinsettia 2"></a>
No you're not weird! Yes I LOVE that one. :) is the curved edge of the bract/leaf in the bottom right (next to the green center) blown?
I'm not sure... I don't know how to tell in GIMP whether a red area is blown or not. I can tell whites (or clipped blacks), but not reds.
Ooh, if y'all don't mind. I can take Saturday!!! I need a boost.
Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph
Yeah, the reds look like they might be blown on the new one, Tracy. But I do like the comp on this one better than the first.
Sounds great, El! And I have to say, it's great to see you back here! We have missed you :)
It'd be great to have you, El!
Fixed the blown reds. I used Digital Photo Professional to check the red channel instead, modified the RAW file and I think it's all good now.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/8230587058/" title="Poinsettia (fixed blown reds) by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8230587058_526a2b6c3a_z.jpg" width="431" height="640" alt="Poinsettia (fixed blown reds)"></a>
I didn't check in for a few days and suddenly I have three pages of posts to read!! Oops :)
#1: I think you have great exposure. Great light and the colour and clarity of their skin looks spot on to me. I love the Autumn colours behind them. I would like a slightly different crop / comp though as I think their legs are cropped at an awkward point - I think it is because you can see just a small bit after the bend in the knee but I'm not sure. That is being really nit picky though. In all honesty, you have such great light in their eyes that that is where my light was immediately drawn.
#2. I really like the pose and location. I might crop a little tighter on them but only a little. Like Tracy, i noticed that Mum is not as sharp as Dad. It was only because I was really looking at the image though, which most people would not. The expressions are sweet.
#3. I think this could work if his head was at a slightly different angle. Either looking away altogether, in which case I would want some sort of expression of her face suitable to the pose, or looking more towards her. I think the re-edit is a little too bright. She looks a little washed out on my screen.
#1. I love the pose, lose the colours, love the location. Beautiful. Like Tracy I thought her face might not have been quite sharp. My only real issue is the twig that appears to be growing my that belly.
#2. I love it and honestly have nothing to criticise.
Tracy - I haven't heard of Seniors getting professional portraits done here either!
Yay Amy. I can't wait to see what you post. I love looking at your images. And it doesn't have to be people. I think I have learnt a lot by seeing Tracy's landscapes. Not that I can get the same types of images myself.
#1. Has great bokeh and colour. I like the transparency in the leaf, I like the colour. It is missing some of the wow factor that I have seen from you, but if it had been another photographer than I probably would have been more inclined to have that reaction (that's a compliment - it just means your images are so good now that I have very high expectations :) )
#2. This works for me. Great leading lines, great eye contact. I prefer the colour as I like seeing the red autumn leaves. The conversion is really nice too though and I think makes his skin colour / eye light better (not very technical of me there).
#3. I like the colour, I like how you have got in close but I am not a big fan of the angle.
#4. Love it. Much better angle.
I have been in a huge slump. I think it is 1) because the weather is so prohibitive here at the moment. We are swinging between huge storms (with cloud cover so no good lightening opportunities) and oppresive dry heat. It was 40 degrees celcius here yesterday. The light is either bright or flat and the weather isn't great for taking children out in. #2 reason is because I am just not getting anyway. I have a massive problem with focus. I've tried Back button focusing, toggling focus points, making sure there are no other high contrast areas near my point of focus and yet somehow, I am still getting almost 50% of my images out of focus. I cannot work out what on earth I am doing wrong. This has never been a problem before. Shutter speed is high so it isn't camera shake. I have been using a stopped down aperture more and more just trying to get more images in focus but it means that the images are not what I want creatively. Ugh.
El, I already have Saturday BUT, as I am in Australia it is more like your Friday anyway so I don't mind sharing. Or I can move to Thursday or Sunday. I don't mind.
G, how high is your shutter typically? 1/250 isn't even close to where I need it to get a tack sharp image, and that's where "they" say you need it with kids. I really have to pump it up in order to avoid a soft image. If it's super high, then you might send your camera out to make sure it's focusing correctly. Or do the focus test first.
The other side of it, though, is good light. If you don't have good light, it can really effect your focus.