#1 - Love! And I really like it and black and white. Nothing else to say here
#2 - I'm not feeling the background on this one. A little bit too much going on, I think. Lots of lines made by the trees that don't help bring the focus to him. I'd like to see a more "solid" background. Does that make sense?
#3 - Awesome clarity/crispness for 1/20! Maybe you should go to school to be a surgeon? Ha! I think you really like the lighting on this, and that's what making you like the feel. I think that in order for it to completely work for others, you'd have to have that context of what he's looking at. But I totally get why you like this one.
I will try to go back to the last three things posted!
Shadow Gray -
1. You know, I totally "get" this photo - my aunt was a florist and I spent many afternoons in her shop. This particular photo reminds me of when she let me help with my bridal arrangements. Anyway, beautiful color - I like the comp of this and I don't mind the towel. That darn tag is the most distracting thing for me here.
2. Again, love the color, but not a fan of this comp. I think I would just crop in really close on this and fill the frame with the prettiness of the flowers! But that's just me. Not sure that it would be "technically" correct!
3. This room reminds me of the light in my parents house and what you captured is probably a very accurate representation of that. It is nice as that...and I just take it as that. If your intent was to focus more on the girl at her canvas, particularly, rather than in the studio as a whole, I do think a speedlight would have been beneficial. But I don't have one. Ha.
1. I don't have any additional CC for this one. It is a keeper.
2. Technically, I don't have any problem with this. It is only problematic to me in that for some reason I can't decide who to "look" at. I know that probably doesn't make sense. It is a great photo. Maybe if their eyes were just slightly more on the same plane...I mean, it is really close...I dunno?
3. I like this better than 2, but I do see the shadows since they were pointed out. I love how they're holding hands!
Overall a great set and love your new dining room! You should try some of the "fake bed" shots - you know what I'm talking about? If you had a sheer over that window it might diffuse the light a little bit? I kind of like what you've got going on though!
1. I clicked on the b&w, but I like the color better. Great clarity and bokeh. And I'd love to see more of these!
2. A fun moment and looks like you nailed your settings again. I inevitably end up with motion blur of the hands when I try to capture clapping. I do like this one better than the eye-contact one. The background doesn't bother me as a "mommy goggle" shot, but you could try to crop it a little tighter, maybe stopping the bottom of it near the bottom of his shirt and pulling it in tighter around his head?
3. I LOVE this one. I saw it on FB and it was my fav. The light is beautiful and in the context of your other pictures it was obvious that he is mesmerized by the performance in this photo (at least that was my interpretation!) - I guess as a stand alone photo that is not so obvious though. At any rate, this is adorable.
Candace, a tighter crop on #2 might be a good idea. I so often go in too tight that I gave it a bit of room this time, but maybe cropping it would help! Thanks.
On #3, we were four rows from the top of the balcony of a coliseum during the Superdogs show, so it was pretty much impossible to give context on this one without an ultra wide-angle lens. But I can see what you mean. I do love the light, though, that is probably what made it special to me.
#1 - Love. The colour, composition, bokeh, it all works for me.
#2 - This one doesn't work for me. I think a lack of eye contact combined with his hand being up in front of his face (partially) makes it difficult to get a connection. The colour / light isn't quite spot on for me either.
#3 How on earth do you get such a sharp image at 1/20. That is fanastic. I really like this. He looks mesmerised and I don't feel a need to see what he is looking at (which is in contrast to my normal opinion.)
#1 - This one looks a little soft and almost as if some of the detail has been lost. It might be due to the lighting. Or did you run it through noiseware? Her face is a little bright for my liking but you have a great connection. As far as composition, her eyes are almos exactly centred both horizontally and vertically.
#2 I prefer the composition of this one to #1, however, again it looks like a lot of detail has been lost from her face.
#3/4 I prefer the SOOC to the crop also. The crop doesn't work for me composition-wise. I wonder, if you had shifted her around slightly if the light might have been a little easier to work with.
Candace, you're killing me with those pigtails!!!!!!! Gah, I want a little girl!
#1 & 2 - No fair about your green green grass. Ours is struggling to stay alive at the moment. It's been so incredibly DRY! Anyway....I think you have some really cute shots here. I'm not sure if it's the blue slide, or the WB in general, but they both look cool to me, so maybe try to warm them up some. Yes, I agree that she's a little too bright. One thing that really helped me get a visual of too bright of skin tones is something that Amber did on one of my photos earlier this year. She took at sample of the skin color, and painted it on the picture. Right next to it, she painted pure white. It really showed me how white his skin was looking. If I'm in doubt now, I do that little trick to get my eyes looking at it correctly. I can look up the thread if you're wanting to see it. It was one of those times that I had an "ah-ha" moment.
#3 - I LOVE the SOOC of this one. The light you created, and the pink in her skin is just great. I'm sure you could do a tiny bit of smoothing to the skin by creating a layer, lowering the opacity to around 15-20, choosing a good skin color, and painting over the splotchy spots. I wouldn't change the exposure a bit. If the shadows are bothering you, maybe try adding a little fill light in ACR or, if you have LR4, decrease the shadows some. When I did my last shots of the boys on the floor, I think I was adding a bit too much drama by being very close to the window. So, if you want to decrease the dramatic shadows in-camera, you could move her away from the window a bit more. One final thing that I really like about this one is the texture that the background adds, and how the colors in it go with the flower on the headband. Great job!
One thing that I would love to see you do with this one is convert it to black and white. To me, shadows like that just SCREAM to be converted
ETA: I forgot to give any suggestions with the comp on the slide. TBH, I really don't know. I've been struggling with that myself. Maybe try something a little more "funky" and do even more of a slant to the slide, making it run from corner to corner?
Shadow_grey, I have lucked out twice recently with a 1/20 and 1/30 shot of my son! So weird. Not sure how that happens!
Candace, nice shots! Your daughter is so cute... I am jealous of the pigtails too, and I HAVE a daughter (who has hair 'issues')!
#1 and #2 both look a little soft and too bright to me, but they're really sweet. I do think they seem a bit cool, perhaps from the blue slide. Slide shots are tricky... this photo on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater) isn't a great one, but I like the idea of it, maybe you could try something like that? Another thing I like is to stand at the bottom of the slide looking up at them at the top. My kids have a tendency to put their hands in the air when they start coming down, and I have done some cute shots of them in that 'pose'.
#3 and #4 -- I also prefer the SOOC, for the composition. Beautiful light and such bright eyes! Steph said she likes the background, where I'd have preferred it to be a solid background, or a soft blanket or something, but that's just nitpicky. Her eyes and the funny little slant to her mouth are so precious.
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, 1 and 2 are pretty soft. I was using my kit lens a I have CONSTANT focus issues with it.
Yes, I can see she's too bright in these, and Steph, I remember seeing Amber's post to you re: the brightness.
#3 when I have it together a little more I am going to sit down and try your suggestions re: pp on the SOOC, Stephanie.
Shadow Gray - I rotated this child in a full circle while I was taking these photos! I really wanted more even lighting on her face (a little less shadowing), but couldn't get it without severely uplighting. Next time I will try to move away from the window if I can.
But YES, I adored her rosey cheeks. I will share this album in all of its FAILING glory for anyone who is interested. I started outside but it was very humid and baby was hot and uncomfy so I just brought her inside and put her on my living room floor to see if I could get anything. I am still trying to "figure out" light/angles/camera settings - so you can see all of the fails here, with some better results towards the end as I got my settings adjusted. None of these were edited in PSE...actually a lot of these are pretty close to SOOC with maybe a little fill light. At any rate, Picasa is where I update all of my snapshots and I am just used to the workflow.
Oh, and just for you Steph, here is my conversion. I don't do a ton of b&w so let me know how I could improve. I just did a b&w gradient map and then darkened my highlights and lightened the shadows in PSE to make the lighting less harsh.
eta: her eyelashes are SO blonde on the ends! Funny!
Last edited by StateChick; 08-24-2012 at 01:14 PM.