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    Yeah, Tracy, I think you thought you were square, but weren't. I don't think it's actually crooked, because you can actually just see a little more of the tiles on the floor on the left side than the right.

    With #3, I think it would have been cool if the frisbee was motion blur, but her hand wasn't. I think it's the hand that's throwing me off.
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    I don't have much. I have been backsliding, i just cannot seem to capture anything good. It all lookes 'snap-shotty' or the clarity just isn't there. Actually, I am really, really struggling with sharpness. This one isn't sharp enough, but it is the best I have. I feel like everything lately the focus is just a little out. Ugh, so frustrated with myself.

    Problems I can see - hand blown, hot spot across photo is distracting, grass to right looks a bit fluorescent, face not sharp. What else can you see?
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    I'm so sorry I disappeard, no excuse other than just pure photography blues. I've just not been shooting. I don't know what my deal is. Any who, I hope you guys forgive me. I'm going to CC on the last few posts. But, hope you don't mind if I post these couple...


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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_grey View Post
    Problems I can see - hand blown, hot spot across photo is distracting, grass to right looks a bit fluorescent, face not sharp. What else can you see?
    I think you've picked out most of the big issues. My biggest issue is the blown/bright spots are overpowering his face. I'm also not a huge fan of the angle. Maybe if you had stepped a bit more to your right it would be a bit more pleasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TracyF View Post
    I was so hoping I'd have time/energy to process some shots from yesterday for posting, but I don't... but I do have a few from the weekend and swim lessons last week.
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    Man, is it nice to see you work with that new camera!!

    1) Love this. But, I wish you had gotten just a bit lower. I think that would have made the other side of the pool less distracting.

    2) I like it, but the crop doesn't look intentional (which I know it wasn't). I do like the focus on the teacher and how he's connected with the kids.

    3) Neat shot. Might have lowered your ap (if you were able to) to speed up that shutter just a tad more so you could have stopped the motion of the frisbee. It just looks blurry, not in a good motion way (imo).

    4) Adorable shot! I do find the thing he's holding onto kind of distracting. Maybe if you had gone for a bit higher vantage point and had him looking up at you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    Okay, I managed to get something this morning! WooHoo! I've really been struggling with finding good areas in my own backyard for portraits. This is the side of our house. My struggle with these was getting them straight. Also, I struggle with leading lines. I can never tell if they're leading out or towards.
    You seem to have gotten rid of some of the yellow. Are you doing something different with your processing? I will say the lighting looks a little flat in them all. I would also suggest you bring back a bit of the exposure, they just don't seem quite bright enough, IMO.

    1) A bit tightly cropped, not quite enough room at his feet. I do find my eyes leading away from him, but I'm not great with leading lines...they confuse me too.

    2) Woo, serious boy I would straighten this one a bit more, I kind of want it tilted to the right just a tad. He's almost too straight. But, that could just be my eyes playing tricks.

    3) I have nothing to say about this one, adorable!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StateChick View Post
    My kids LOVE playing on the slide - any suggestions for how I can get a decent comp with them on the slide?
    I hope everything is going well for you. I see you had a surgery, hoping you're recovering well

    1) Wish I had advice for you, that's a tough one! Adorable though. Love the pigtails

    2) Not really doing it for me. The slide, the comp, her position all seems awkward.

    3) ADORABLE!! I actually like the comp of the SOOC. It looks just about perfect just the way it is. Just precious!
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    Shadow_grey, I like your boy's expression, and it seems like the face IS sharp... to me, at this size, anyway. The light is what causes the problem for me, though. Also, I'm wondering what lens you were using. You were at 50mm -- is it a 50mm prime? If so, I'm assuming you can go a lot more wide open on the ap, which I think would be good in this type of scenario, to make the grass behind him softer. If it wasn't a 50mm prime, could you have stepped back and zoomed in more? I just have an 18-135mm kit lens, but the best results I can get for soft backgrounds are always when I go as far back as possible and zoom.

    Jennifer, nice to see you posting, and I hope you'll find your groove again soon! Sometimes it's hard with a little one keeping you busy! Your first shot is spectacular. I LOVE the light and the angle of the butterfly as well as the angle of the leaf. The other two are totally adorable. I'm wondering if there was some cloning or major burning or something happening in them though, as there seems to be almost a 'halo' around the top of his head that doesn't look entirely natural. Though maybe the lighting and the f2.0 just have produced that result somehow.

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    G - You have a really sweet smile here from him. For the comp, could you try rotating it a little more, so that the top of the hammock was in the corner, making him go from corner to corner? I think you pointed out the major issues with this one. It's the dappled light that made this one so difficult for you. Maybe this would work at a different time of day? Sometimes, a location isn't good at any time of day. I'm struggling with coming to terms with that in my new backyard...

    Jennifer - I kind of find that the white part in the background of #1 is trying to steal my attention. But this is a lovely shot Is #2 slightly crooked? I love it anyway, though! What a smile! He looks a touch bright to me. I see what Tracy is saying about the head, but I'm thinking it might be his peach fuzz hair? I think #3 is straighter, and I like that the "orange" isn't in the background. Could you clone out that white area on the right of the frame in the background to make it more uniform?
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    Here are mine. I guess I still have Monday. I will try to get back to CC soon.

    1. f/3.2, ISO-160, 1/2500
    I realize there is a blue color cast, but IDK what else to do!

    DSC_1166_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

    2. f/3.2, ISO-160, 1/100-
    I realize he is quite centered, but I had a hard time b/c it didn't feel right with his nipples in there! This is my nephew and I love this photo b/c to me, he looks like a young boy!

    DSC_1142_b&w_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

    3. f/3.2, ISO-125, 1/800
    I know the sign is distracting, but that's my parent's pool for you!

    DSC_1116_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

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