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    Tracey:
    1. You have done a great job on this, especially considering shade - bright areas. He looks pretty good and you haven't completely blown the sky. Eyes are clear and bright. A bit centred but it works. The only criticism is the barn in the background is bright yellow and a bit distracting. Anyway you could lighten it a bit?
    2. I'd like to see a bit more room around her so we get the full effect of her stretched out (that came out wrong but I hope you get what I mean.) I like the exposure and colour.
    3. Colour is great but would like to see it cropped a bit tighter maybe? As it is the ladybird is a little lost in all that green (though I do like the contrasting red to green).
    4. Personally, I think this is a little bright. Maybe if you aimed the speedlight slightly more in front of her (assuming it is bounced?) I don't know though, I am really just learning with the speedlight too.

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    Tracy,

    I love EVERYTHING about #1 and I would just be pleased as punch to have a picture of one of mine at the milestone where they sat up for the first time! I know that there may be some things technically that could be improved on, but I love it just like you have it here. I LOVE the barn/tractor/fence in the background. I agree that I love that the sky isn't blown. Love his smile. Great light in his eyes. I just really love this. If there was any one thing I would try to improve on as far as pp, it would be his skin tone, but I actually think it looks pretty good.

    2. Does not do as much for me. I am not sure if it is the lack of light in her eyes or maybe the crop/orientation? I think Sadie is right - it seems a little "close" for my taste.

    3. How do you get your ISO down to 50? My camera only goes down to 100, but sometimes I wish it went lower! Looks like your settings were great. I like seeing the full picture (context) of this, but even with the contrasting red, I almost feel like the ladybug gets lost.

    4. She's so cute! I don't have a speedlight, but color doesn't look off to me...just too bright, particularly her cheeks near her nose on either side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StateChick View Post
    3. How do you get your ISO down to 50?
    LOL, sorry, that was a typo. It was 500. Even my P&S, which had lower ISOs than most DSLRs, didn't get down to 50. (I was talking with someone a while ago who remembers film with ISO 10!!!)

    Thanks for all of the CC.
    GREAT to hear good stuff about #1. My friend is printing this large for her wall.
    #2; I can see the points made, very helpful. I was seeing this through 'mommy' type goggles, as this little girl has been my daughter's best friend since church nursery days and I adore her pigtails and freckles and loved this picture, but now that I hear the CC, I see the points totally.
    #3, I don't have a macro lens, so this is as close as I could get with the ladybug in focus. I already cropped it a little too, I'm afraid.
    #4, nothing is actually blown, but I will tone it down.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TracyF View Post
    Having a hard time narrowing down what to share! But the one I most NEED CC on is this one, so I'll start with it.

    1. This was not a shoot, just an impromptu moment when my friend's son sat up on his own for the first time while we were out together. I took several shots but the shade/brightness of the day were hard. Settings are f/4, SS 1/2500, ISO 400, FL 24mm.


    2. This is the same friend's daughter that day. f/5.6, SS, 1/160, ISO 250, FL 106mm


    3. f/5.6, SS 1/320, ISO 50, FL 126mm


    4. And this is just a snap, but I really liked certain aspects of it and would like some feedback on how I did with the speedlite, whether it's too bright and if the colour is off.
    f/5.6, SS 1/80, flash fired (speedlite), ISO 1000, FL 67mm
    Trying to do this from my phone. We won't have Internet until Saturday afternoon. So sorry I've been absent! The move went well, but now I'm left with about a million boxes to unpack. I have a bit of time while waiting for the appliance guy to deliver and set up the new washer and dryer.

    #1. This is so cute! Love the barn and fence in the background, bit agree that it's tricking my eyes a bit with the sizing lol! That lighting is tough, but you did a good job with it. Great light in his eyes from what I can see.

    #2. I agree with the others. It could have benefited from backing up, and maybe a different position so you could get more light in her eyes.

    #3. Love. That is all.

    #4. Looks bright on my phone, but I absolutely love it! That girl of yours always seems so happy.
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    My kids are all over me today. Here are my three for this week. Can't grab settings at this moment but wanted to go ahead and post the pics.

    eta settings and one more pic!!

    1. ss 1/640 f 2.2 iso 400
    summertime

    2. ss 1/500 f 2.2 iso 100
    Ella-carport

    3. ss 1/500 f 2.2 iso400
    Sisters-Blown-SKy

    4. ss 1/500 f 2.2 iso 1600
    Caroline-eyes-bw
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    Candace, nice pics!!

    1. Love the sun-washed look... it really makes the bubbles stand out, IMO. I wonder if just a slightly tighter crop would be good.
    2. So sweet! Great directional light, nice skin tones, wonderful, genuine expression... really like it!
    3. Aw, that's an awesome moment between them! Love the backlighting here. I think if you'd moved a little to the right, so that they'd be more in line with the darker trees, it might've been good to eliminate some of the blown sky. Also, you can tell by the fence line that it's crooked. I'm guessing it'd be harder to straighten without losing too much of the image in the process, though.
    4. Very sweet close-up, and nice conversion! I'm not totally crazy about the composition as the eyes are pretty centered and if there's extra room around the head, I'd rather see the extra space on the other side, given the way the baby is lying. But it's sweet and again, nice directional light!

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    Candace,

    1. - I'm not a big fan of the sunwashed look (I like a flare but not the sunwash). This is cute though. How does it look with a tighter crop?
    2. Really cute. I don't really have any criticism about this one.
    3. Their skin tones look a little off to me but that is being really nitpicky (and again, probably due to my non calibrated screen). Great moment to capture.
    3. Like Tracey, the comp doesn't do much for me in this one. Great eye contact for such a wee bub though

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    Sorry i haven't been on much to CC....i'm too fat and pregnant to do anything productive. lol that being said i will CC the latest post....
    Candace...I love #1...i personally always do the sunwashed look over anything else...i love that feel that they give to summertime pics so i love it! #2 the focus looks a little bit off...i think it would have benefitted from a higher f/stop for more depth and perhaps higher ISO to compensate? The pose is very sweet though and the lighting is great. #3 i would say the same thing...higher f/stop to create more depth...maybe even just one or steps so you keep that great bokeh behind them. Love the sunlight and warmth of it all! #4 Cute pic of the baby, but doesn't do it for me as much as the others. I like the shadowing and lighting but maybe it's the crop i'm not the huge fan of? Overall very sweet pics!


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    Default my pics for the week

    This is from an engagement session that I did last Saturday. It was my last one before my 'maternity leave' from photography as i've noticed myself slipping with attention to details and just being too worn out to even care sometimes...so it was best that i stop while i was ahead. I'm posting before and after and info! Go me! LOL
    i know this one has blown spots on it, but the over-bright pic is sorta my thing...i prefer the brighter style and i wanted the blocks properly exposed above anything else...

    this was my favorite of the bunch for some reason...i just really liked the 'intimacy' of it myself...i dunno...

    I have a color version of this edit too but i preferred the b/w


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    I should have internet tomorrow!! So please bear with me one last time lol!

    Candace
    #1. I'm not usually one for sun flare, but I feel it works for some images but not all. I think it works in this one. I think I would have liked to see this one with more of a profile instead of straight on.

    #2. I love this one!!! Great light and comp. awesome smile and eye contact. When I look at this I can really see her personality shine through. My only nitpick would be her hair. It's a little messy. But I get the feeling that it's just HER and it makes it special.

    #3. Such a sweet moment captured here. The bright spot is trying to take away my attention though.

    #4. Great lighting and nice conversion (from what I can tell on my phone). It kinda seems like the skin needs smoothed a bit, but I could be seeing things with it being small like it is.
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