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    Hey ladies, if someone else wants my day this week they can have it. I honestly have not had a chance to pick my camera up.

    And thanks for the thoughts, ladies.

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    Im realizing now just how comfortable I was shooting in my old back yard. It's like I'm learning all over again here! Lol! I love the filtered backlighting that I was able to get in IL. I'm going to have to really try hard to get that look here and keep other houses out of the background. Random thoughts from Stephanie for the day
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    So I'm finally back online! So much easier to do this from the computer!

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    Ugh! Exif was stripped, but I can look it up if you want me to.


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    Wish he was doing something else besides standing there, but it was all I could do to even get him to do that
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    Glad you're back online, Steph, and settling in to your house!

    #1 is my favourite between #1 and #2. Wonderful quality to the rays, and I prefer the scene with less visual "clutter" so that your eyes are just really drawn to the rays and nothing else distracts from that. The colour is perfect too, very true to that type of sunset.

    #3 is a great silhouette, but it isn't doing much for me, I guess maybe because he IS just standing. I have no sense of why he's there, or what he's doing, you know?

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    Yeah, there was something about those rays that made me grab my camera and run out back to take this one. I'm LOVING the amazing sunset view from my yard! I'm sure you're going to see lots of these types of shots from me from now on LOL!

    I've always wanted to try for some great silhouettes, but I can never figure out how to get that context in there. I have a couple of ideas that I'll have to give a try to.
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    I think some of the nicest silhouette images I've seen are either two people together interacting (couple holding hands, parent/child on beach holding hands, etc.), which generally provides the context itself... or a single person in a what is clearly a contemplative mood, standing looking out at a sunset, or sitting with their head in their hands in a thinking pose, stuff like that. I saw a beautiful one recently, of a man sitting in front of a campfire with his chin resting on his hands, staring into the fire. The mood of the moment was captured perfectly.

    Anywho... seems like the group is awfully quiet with summmer stuff, but here are my images this time around. I feel like I don't have much, so these aren't images I'm thrilled with, but I'll throw them out there for learning purposes.

    #1 - A friend's daughter while we were chatting. Totally messed up on these settings after being in bright sun and moving to shade, but they are f5.0, SS 1/60, ISO 250, FL 60mm.


    #2 - Another friend's son at the beach. f4.5, SS 1/400, ISO 250, FL 31mm


    #3 and #4 - Interested in which version of this people like. One is softer (Orton effect) and I like the softer 'glow', but the other shows a bit more of the delicate fibres. Settings f5.6, SS 1/3200, ISO 640, FL 120mm.



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    Yeah, I've noticed it's been quiet too. I'm sure everyone is just busy with end of summer stuff, and transitioning into school.

    I bet that campfire photo is beautiful! I'll have to try a couple more things sometime...that is, if Carson will be in a picture taking mood...

    #1 - Cute smile, great light in her eyes, and look at that clarity for being 1/60! Couple of things that could help: Her chin is a little too raised. I know how this goes, because Carson is notorious for lifting his chin when I ask him to pose. And he doesn't understand me when I tell him to lower his chin and just look at me with his eyes. I'll get back to you when I find something that works for explaining it to kids I also would watch the lighting. You're almost there, having the sun at her back, but I still see some brightness on her cheek and forehead. Full sun is so darn hard! Finally, this one is feeling a little tight. I don't think it would feel as tight if her arms weren't up by her face like that, creating the chop. If it were more of a head shot, I think it wouldn't feel this way to me. So, either you backing up, or her having her arms in her lap would have helped this one. Probably the first with where she's located, since she looks like she's at a table, and you wouldn't want her head to seem cut off by it.

    #2 - He sure is a cutie! Exposure looks good here. Maybe just a tad bluish, but it doesn't look too bad to me. As far as posing goes, I think I would have liked to see him sitting cross legged. His feet are blurred because of your AP, and it takes a bit away for me. And for comp, I'd just make sure you're watching your horizon. I'm not really one to talk, because it's something that I goof up on all the time. I think that to correct this one, you could have backed up a little, and shot down on him a little more, getting his whole head under the grass line. Hope that makes sense.

    #3&4 - Between the two, I'm leaning a tiny bit more toward #3. But that could just be because I've been working on getting my photos crisp and completely in focus lately. I'll be interested to see what the others have to say!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    I think that to correct this one, you could have backed up a little
    LOL... I almost soaked my butt, I was backing up into the water on the beach without a bathing suit on. I was about 1mm from getting soaked.

    Thanks for the CC on everything! Neither of them were posing for me, per se, but if I was quick, I could've done some of the things you suggested, esp. in #1 with moving back a little and what not. Appreciate the advice!

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    I'll be back in the a.m. to post cc - lovely pics, lately!

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    I'm so sorry ladies. I will get on here and post CC soon.

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