Shadow Grey, I forgot to comment on your plays, but I just wanted to say that they all look better, and #3 is just so very beautiful! Wonderfully done. And yes, I hope the medical stuff is nothing too serious or difficult!
Steph, your niece is adorable and I love her dress. Tricky light there, so warm! I'm not very good at colour, so I'm pretty hesitant to comment, though I have to say that I like the colour ones better than the B&W. It's not that the conversion isn't nice, but given the tonal range of the image or something, I think I prefer the colour.
I also prefer the first shot over the second, but wonder if a bit more cropping would be in order. Take out that little bit of the fence post on the left and bring her a tad bit closer, maybe? I'm not sure. The comp isn't quite working for me, just not sure how to fix it.
(I'm being terribly helpful on my CC today, aren't I?!)
Ok, I had wanted to do Rylee's 4 year portraits this weekend, but doesn't look like that will happen I'll throw in a mix of yesterday's sibling shot I got (far from perfect!), one from Rylee's 4th birthday, and a few from a sibling shoot a did the other week...
1. 1/250 3.5 1600 46mm
This one is processed with a preset, so think 'artys'....
2. 1/125 2.8 4000 45mm
3. 1/800 2.8 500 58mm
4. 1/500 2.8 500 70mm
I haven't read anyone else's CC, so excuse any repeats!
#1 - Love the conversion! Such a sweet shot! Is it slanting just slightly down to the left of the frame? Could just be my eyes, and my exhaustion talking.
#2 - This one looks too bright for me. Maybe it's because of the action, though.
#3 - Aww! The bright thing above his head in the bokeh is kind of drawing my eye. I almost wish he was giving her a kiss, though, because I can't see much of his face. Not a dealbreaker, but I hear people all the time say to watch getting the bottom of the shoes in the image.
#4 - Great DOF! Did you put a vignette? Looks a bit too heavy. Her eyes look pretty centered, but it doesn't bother me much.
Sorry if I'm short again! Limited time to respond right now.
#1 - I'm left wanting more room for this. When I just glance at it, I almost think that the cape is cut off in the frame, even though it isn't. I don't mind the center comp, though. It's looking pretty cool to me, color wise. I would try warming it up. This one is my favorite. It's such a cute shot!
#2 - It is quite a bit of sun flare. I'm not a fan of flare most of the time, but I know some people like it.
#3 - This looks too saturated to me. Maybe it's the cast from the slide that's making it seem worse? It also looks like his arms are blown.
I PROMISE I'm coming back for CC. We're staying in a hotel at the moment, and I have a little free time to post mine for this week. I'm so sorry I'm posting without giving CC first. I should have a bit of time tomorrow.
I am having a terrible time editing these photos of my niece! They looked so much better in my head before I uploaded them on to the computer.
1/640 f/4.5 ISO 400 I should have lowered my f stop, but it happened so quick, and I was trying to do it without my SIL seeing me so I can surprise her with them. Looks like half of her and the all of the ground is in shadow, and only the upper part of her got the sunset light. Here's the SOOC that I'm working with. Waaaaaaay orange/warm.
I'm quoting this like you did the other ones to get it on the same page -
The play on #1 is a great improvement color-wise for me...there was just too much orange-red in the SOOC and you did a great job "fixing" that. My preference would be to crop out the left most vertical fence post. It is making the picture seem crooked to me!
#2 Might be a touch cool. I have no idea what challenges you may encounter, but I look at these and almost wish you could have shot from the other side...would the setting have lended itself to backlighting? I prefer the color over the conversion.
Overall, I think you nailed exposure for the dress but her cheeks seem a little hot to me.
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
1- I love this. Even the uneven lighting. Great light in baby's eyes. I have to say that it's kind of throwing my mind for a loop b/c everything looks smaller than him- the fence and barn. It's almost like they are baby sized. Does that make sense? Still- I adore this shot!
2. She's a doll! There isn't any light in her eyes though. I wish you would have backed up some (coming from someone who REALLY needs to learn to!) Color looks good though!
3. AMAZING! No cc here. Perfect.
4. SOOOO cute! I have to say that I think it's a tad bright though. I tend to make mine too bright with my speedlight, but that's easily fixed in ACR. GREAT light in her eyes!
I'm finally getting an opportunity to CC. I haven't ready everyone else's CC so sorry if I repeat.
1. Beautiful shot. I will be nitpicky because I really think these are gorgeous and struggle to find anything I don't like. The little bit of hair over her eyes is a bit distracting, only because the clarity in those eyes is fantastic and it blocks it a little.
2. I love the feet under the pink on the stool, however, the rest of the dress looks blown to me and I find it a little distracting.
3. Maybe it is just me, because his shirt and her top look blown in this one too. I don't love this, but it is sweet.
4. The eyes are gorgeous, again. The composition doesn't do much for me and I don't know why. I can't put my finger on it but normally I look these types of shots.
1. Love this. Such a great moment to capture. It looks a little grey-blue to me. I wouldn't mind seeing a little more space around him. Maybe even if it was in landscape?
2. This is too much sun flare for me. The expression is cute but he is completely lost in the haze.
3. I wish it was a little more front on so I could see both hands. There might be a touch of magenta in here, then again, that could just be me. I like how he is framed in the tunnel of the slide with the contrasting green behind.
1. The edit is much better colour-wise, however, I'd like to see it cropped differently. Even though she is learning to (our) left, I wonder what it would look like with more room to (our) right. The flowers on her dress match those in the grass so well - just coincidence I guess but wanted to point it out.
2. I prefer the colour in the first edit to this one. This one looks a little grey and flat.
3. I'm not over-excited about this but I do prefer it to the colour version.