I'm with Tracy on #1. I bit too much background clutter, and the lighting is backwards. You got the lighting better in the second 2.
The smiles in #2 and #3 are too much! You'd never know that she didn't want to pose for you! #2 looks a bit underexposed. You could have used more light in her eyes, since they're showing up too dark. I think that could have been solved by being slightly above her. She's looking down, which does nothing for the eyes in a setting like this.
Exposure is better in #3. You do have shadowing going on, but it's pretty strong. Maybe you could add a bit of fill light. I don't think the blacks are clipped, but they're pretty close. But great job on getting that directional light! It really adds so much depth to a photo, doesn't it?
I agree that #1 is too cluttered, but I do think your photos are pretty sharp.
I really think that your lighting has a lot to do with it on #2 & #3. I personally can't seem to get a decent photo with that kind of strong light. I don't know if it's something I am doing wrong or what, but I struggle with it. I did some tonight and wasn't happy with it.
Thanks ladies. Steph, the SOOCs of the second two are below (I didn't bother with the first as I am running low on upload space and it wasn't very good).
Tracy, I don't pixel peep as I know the inherent dangers of that. I feel like I am not getting anything sharp when I look at it, when I was previously. Maybe I am just getting harder on myself but it does feel like I am backsliding.
Sadie, I find it hard to 'see' the light. Plus, with the weather here lately is has mostly been grey, dull days. Then we might get a nice day but the clouds came in again in the afternoon. The 'golden hour' has been almost non existent so I find I am often shooting in dull or bright light. Plus, both kids are super sensitive to light which makes it harder to find pose them unless they are backlit.
Personally, I think these images look pretty sharp. Maybe you can do a search for testing your lens/camera if you feel like it's not working correctly.
I don't see anything wrong with backlighting the kids most of the time! I have to do that with Carson since he's so super sensitive to sunlight as well. It's still possible to get directional light while backlighting. You just need to make sure that you're at the edge of the shade. You might want to check out this thread: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/photography-239/open-shade-directional-light-694936/ I'm not sure if the ILP link will still work or not, but I used the open shade to create directional light on him. OR, you could use a reflector to get more light on one side while backlighting.
Tracy, I definitely prefer the second posted image of your kids. Seems much more natural. I like #2, but I might crop it just a bit tighter. Those weeds on the left side are a bit busy. #3, just isn't doing anything for me, sorry #4 is cute still seems a bit bright. And, I actually think I would like to see more water. It seems just a bit too cropped.
Stephanie, #1 seems cropped a bit too much. His hand is too close to the edge of the frame. Otherwise great focus! #2 is adorable, but also too tightly cropped. Love how you got those huge dandelion seeds!!
Shadow, direct sun is hard to work with. You either get squented eyes or dark shadows. I think I would have back lit #1 and turned her more to the left of the frame. That way you would get some nice light. Right now you have that light on the side of her face and the other in shadow. #2 and 3 are the same. Either put in full sun or out. But cute captures all the same
Ok, so here are mine for today. I'm trying to learn to work with the light in my sunroom. It's really hard because I'm not used to SO much light. It's hard to figure what direction to place my subject...
This is something completely different processing wise for me...
Jennifer- LOVE the little face in #1! I really don't have any CC to add here.
#2- for the fun clothes that she's wearing, I think it works. It's a bit yellow, but I still like it!
Gonna go ahead and post mine for tomorrow....hope that's ok! I am up and have nothing else to do! It's hard to narrow mine down this week. I got some good ones, hopefully not just mommy goggles, but who knows! All shot with my 85 mm, 1.8. I am back-button-focusing and I really think it has helped me a lot with nailing focus. Especially b/c I was able to go with 2.8 and get them in focus! Whoop whoop! I have so many more to share! AHHHHH!
1. Hoping this isn't mommy goggles. Had to go b&w b/c the blanket was too much.
f/3.2, ISO-800, 1/160DSC_1254_filtered_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
ISO- 2000, 1/640, f/2.5DSC_1283_filtered_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
f/3.2, ISO-2000, 1/320DSC_1262_filtered_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
f/2.5, 1/640, ISO-2000DSC_1280_filtered4x6_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
Jennifer, #1 is very cute, great conversion.
#2 is really fun and I like the processing. But it does seem too yellow to me, and just given the way it's composed, I think I would crop it a bit to get the curtains on either side equal.
Sadie, #1 is a great moment! I think the conversion seems a bit too gray, though. Maybe just add some contrast?
#2 is my favourite. It's so cute, and the exposure on these is just bang-on. In #2, I really like her positioning with the trees behind, extending from halfway up her torso. This one feels like you just caught such a genuine, fun moment!
#3 is also really well positioned with the trailing path extending behind her. Really cute pose and expression.
#4 is so cute with the gun and boots. His expression makes me think he wasn't much into it, so it detracts a little, and I think positioning yourself lower would've gotten more trees behind his upper body too... but then, he's younger and therefore shorter! (Though having said that, I have some trouble getting really low sometimes, with my dumb arthritis!)
The colour looks pretty good in all of these too, but just a bit washed out.
#1 - Oh, you're giving me baby fever!! I'm not really one for newborns, but the age of your little guy is what I love! Love the little drop of drool you caught. I think your conversion looks nice. I think I would have liked to see you back up a bit on this one, though.
#2 - Adorable!! I love what you've done with the colors on her outfit (they really pop), but agree that SHE looks a little too yellow. Love her pose, eye contact, and smile.
Did she loose her tooth in the middle of the session??? Or was this 2 different ones in the same outfit?? I think you have done a FANTASTIC job capturing her emotion in these. One thing that I will say as an overall CC of these is that they all feel a bit foggy. Not missed focus necessarily, but maybe the edits? Did you use a fill color?
#1 - I agree that it's a bit grey. Love them wrapped up in the blanket! I know that you got several of this, but I just glanced at them on my phone. Did you have a more "moody" one? I'm thinking that I'd love to see them snuggled in together, heads tipped toward each other, straight faces, and looking at the camera. Don't get me wrong, though! This one is cute!!
#2 - This one is my favorite! Love the pose, the outfit, and the smile that you can just hear her laughing through. She looks so nice and relaxed here.
#3 - She is quite the model, isn't she?? I bet she is going to be so much fun to photograph! And boy, she (or is it you??) certainly has a sense of style! Like Tracy said, I think she is positioned great! She just looks a bit more stiff in this one than the previous one.
#4 - I know why you like this one as his mom. What I think could make this stronger for other viewers would be if he had more of a "gruff" look on his face. Sort of as if he was Clint Eastwood in a western movie or something. Does that make any sense? His face looks a little too blank here. I also agree that the tree line needs to either be higher or lower on him. I'm actually thinking that maybe if you would have been slightly more above him, you would have avoided the line cutting across his head. It's just that it kind of breaks your line of vision while you're looking at him. Not that it's distracting, just that it kind of breaks it up in a spot where you should be focusing on his cute little face. Does that make sense?
Thank you ladies for the CC. As for losing the tooth- Sat night, I had them change, took the photos quickly, then took the clothes off for church the next morning. She lost her tooth Sunday morning. Same outfit, different day!
As for Randy- he is NEVER into it. I guess that one is just mommy goggles b/c it's him to me.
Here is a moodier one (with Randy) and I upped the contrast. Is this what you ladies meant?DSC_1259_b&w_filtered_webedited by sadieruth, on Flickr
DSC_1254_filtered_webedited by sadieruth, on Flickr
Jennifer, I struggle CCing your photos in particular as I only wish I could get anything that good!
#1 - love those eyes and the expression. Aw. The only thing is the little bit of drool on the chin which kind of looks like a mini beard. I would never have noticed it if not looking so hard though.
#2 I really like the processing on this. It just works. Something about the curtains is making me pause but I can't think what it is. Without them the photo would lose some of its character, but there is something about them. Sorry, I can't put my finger on it.
#1 This one looks a little soft to me. Like Tracy said, maybe a little more contrast would make it pop.
#2 I love this. It is beautiful. Maybe a touch brighter would be better, but I really like it (and I am still leaning towards too bright, I need to learn to tone it down).
#3 There is some sort of halo effect around her head that almost makes it look like she was originally in a separate photo (does that make sense). I'd also like to see her slightly more to one side and, again, maybe a little bright? Great shot though, I really like it.
#4 Those boots are too cute. The boots and the gun actually draw my eye more than his face does. Not sure why.
Sadie, the first of the new pics has much better contrast and clarity to me.
Sadie, I'm liking the first of the 2 newer ones you posted. I think it's because of the lighting. Her face looks a little too splotchy because of the light in #2. In #1, the light looks more evenly placed on her, as well as him.
And man, she looks so grown up with her tooth gone! Did I see she lost another last night?? I remember loosing both of my front teeth at the same time...I hated it!! lol!
YES! She lost another tooth last night. It's on the bottom though. Not the front bottom but the one next to the front two bottom! She looks silly, but she loves it!
Ya, the light is different in #2, but I just loved the moment. But I do understand it's not technically correct!
Aw, it's awesome when kids lose their teeth! Though I have to say, I always thought from her pics that Sadie was older than the "losing front teeth" stage... she looks so much older and bigger than Nora!
I definitely think the contrast in the second set of B&Ws you posted is much better, Sadie. Those look great! I also prefer the first one.
Tracy- Ruthie is about 1 year older than Nora, actually 1 year and 4 days! Her birthday is Feb 10th! It's funny how they lose at different times. A boy in Ruthie's class who will be 6 in November, just lost his first tooth!
Here are a couple that I took today of Jackson. I haven't been shooting as much as I'd like lately I really need to get out and find some good locations. They look like they need brightened to me, now that they're here... Oh, and I'm leaving the boo-boo in there on purpose, instead of "fixing" it. (They're coming out today!!)
1/400 f/3.2 ISO200 50mmIMG_4521-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
Same as aboveIMG_4519-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
Steph, I like the first one a lot... the tilt of his head, his blue eyes, and the boo-boo (poor kid!!). Not a lot of light in his eyes, but very sweet.
His skin looks a bit dark in the second one, and the image is a bit 'busy'. But it is cute!
You know what's so funny? I JUST this morning bought that same shirt for Micah, from the thrift store!
Sadie, OK, that makes sense about Ruthie's age. She definitely always looks taller than Nora!! Though Nora is short. And kids do lose teeth at very different ages. I was a 'late bloomer' that way.
Too funny about the shirt! His daddy actually works with Cat motorgraters He does the accounting, but as far as the kids are concerned, he's out there driving them all day hahaha!
Stephanie- I agree, LOVE #1! He looks so sweet and innocent, but then the boo-boo lets you know he's alllll boy!
#2 is busy. It's the dappled light that throws it off.
Tracy- I think Ruthie's pretty tall for her age. The boy I was talking about that just lost his tooth is shorter than Ruthie, so I think she has long legs. NOT like me though! I am so short!
I really felt like it needed brightened. Is this better?
IMG_4521-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
I like the brightened version better, Steph. Looks great!
I have no kid photos to share this week... except the one of Nora with a big scrape on her forehead, but it's not CC worthy! So I'm going to share some landscapes from this past weekend -- I know which one I like best, and there are elements I like about two of them, but I'd like some feedback. They were taken about 30 minutes apart during the golden hour. I also have a still life for something different.
#3. f22, SS 1/4, ISO 100, FL 18mm
#2. f22, SS 0.4", ISO 100, FL 18mm
#3. f22, SS 0.6", ISO 100, FL 18mm
#4. f18, SS 1/50, ISO 2000
#1 - This is my least favorite of the landscape's. The only reason why is because of the scattered vegetation on the bank. I feel like it breaks the photo up a little too much.
#2 - My favorite. Love the color, the clouds in the sky, the comp. Beautiful!
#3 - Very close 2nd favorite The purple color you captured is so pretty! I like the serene feel I get from it with the way the long exposure captured the water, and the position of the rocks. Very nice!
#4 - As a flute player myself, I really like this I can see this hanging on the wall in a music studio.
YES Stephanie! LOVE the new edit!
Tracy- WOW! I love these! I have to agree completely with everything Steph added. I don't have anything else really. #2 & 3 are AMAZING!
Thanks so much for the CC! I wasn't sure about #1 either, so that confirms it. Awesome!
I am so behind on CC that I am embarrassed to poke my head back in here.
Amazing work, ladies!
Shadow Grey, I'm gonna go back and look at your previous posts, they are on the other page, but
Jennifer, I have the problem with "too much light" in a room sometimes...and really I think the problem is that the light isn't as directional as it should be. I have also read that having sheers (sheer curtains) on the windows will help diffuse the light nicely. All that said, I think nice job on #1! Catch lights are nice ... I think it looks good. #2 = ADORABLE! Love the tutu and rainbow leggings. I agree with Sadie that it is a little too yellow for my taste, but love the saturation of the other colors!
Stephanie, is that stitches in your little man's head? Poor baby (and mama!) - your edit of that close up is dialed in. ITA that it needed to be brightened a little. The second shot is nice, but it is hard to feel the same connection to it that I feel to the close up, kwim?
Sadie, I'd love to see the b&ws in color...bright patchwork and all! But I do like the edits with more contrast. And I adore Randy sitting with his boots/toy gun! I think after having a girl(s) it is going to be more difficult for me to want to go out and get pictures of Wade since I won't have a new dress for him all the time. I personally, don't think it is mommy goggles at all. I would possibly add a touch more contrast or blacks...but it might be hard without losing the clarity in his eyes. Anyway, love that one!
Tracy, I just adore your pictures. ITA that #1 doesn't evoke much of any type of reaction in me, although it is technically fine. #3 though, just looks so SERENE and peaceful and you captured some of the movement in the water. I love it! #4 = fantastic! No cc on that. I agree, this is one for your photo cards or poster or something. Very, very pretty!
I missed my day again My daughter had an accident so we spend the day at the hospital (she will be ok). When it rains it pours!
All taken with my 85mm, 1.8
1. f/3.2, ISO-200, 1/800DSC_1519_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
2. Not 100% sure here on settings, but probably around 2.8-3.2, ISO-2000, and shutter speed of 1/150+DSC_1442_filtered_Edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
3. Same as settings above, but with a higher shutter speed I am sure. I know I shared this on FBF, but I wanted some CC too please!402900_488385251180533_1882237384_n by sadieruth, on Flickr
I'm gonna get nitpicky, cause these are good
#1 - Baby looks a bit too centered here. Could there be a bit too much magenta in her skin? Take that with a grain of salt though, cause I'm not calibrated.
#2 - His pose is a little off for me, since I don't know what he was doing at the time. Skin tones look real good to me. Nice light in his eyes!
#3 - My favorite of the group. He looks a tad bright to me. I just wish that the entire wagon was in the frame, so I think this could have benefited from you either backing up or done landscape orientation.
Sadie, these are really beautiful shots! You should be proud!
I agree with Steph's CC for the most part, esp. on #1 and #2. But on #3, I don't mind the portrait orientation at all. I like it, as I think it emphasizes the handle being held upright somehow. I think I would crop it just a tiny bit to remove the bit of the rear wheel as see how that looks, because if the whole wagon isn't in the picture, it seems like it'd work better just to have the front half without the eye going to that small bit of wheel at the back... but that is very nitpicky too.
I'm posting my pics tonight, if that's OK... no one's been on the thread today, so I'm assuming jumping the gun on my day by a few hours won't matter!
#1. Did this in colour and B&W. Never quite sure about my conversions, but I thought this one might work... I'll post both.
f22, SS 1/40, ISO 1600 , FL 18mm
#2. I kind of like the mood here?? f29, SS 1/125, ISO 2000, FL 41mm
#3. I know this isn't a great shot due to his expression, but I've been working on trying to find better light - something I'm having a hard time with. Also working on finding better spots to provide nicer separation from the background, given I can only do so much with my ap. So CC on the exposure, light, composition would be great.
f5.6, SS 1/125, ISO 320, FL 106mm
ACK! Just realized that I missed my day yesterday LOL! I ran around all day getting ready for vacation, and when I sat down at the computer during naptime, I must have forgot it was my day to post...
For #1, out of the 2 of them, I like the color version better. The b&w seems a little too monotone for me.
I really like the mood of #2. I think I would have liked to see this one from the other angle. So, you standing in the light, shooting in the opposite direction as you're shooting here. That way, he could stand out a little bit more against a darker background. The bright background in this one competes with him, making him drown out a bit.
I think you did a nice job getting the separation from the background. Exposure on his face looks nice, but because of where he's placed, the blown background kind of takes my attention. The lighting on this one looks a little bit flat to me. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you were going for direction, I think I would have tilted him facing what you have in the background a bit more, to get some of the light bouncing up on to his face, while the tree shades the other side.
Steph, you could just post your pics today. This thread doesn't seem to get its daily posts most of the time anyway. I know I'd love to see what you have.
Steph, I keep missing my day too. Never seem to get on here when its my turn
#1 - I like the conversion. It has a dream like quality to it whereas the colour version looks more like a snap (compared to your normal landscapes). I think the composition is a little too centred. Although the river does lead to the fallen log, the log itself is pretty centered vertically and not that much off centre on the horizontal line. That said, I am being nit picky because your landscapes are usually of such high calibre.
#2 I would have liked to have seen you a little lower for this one. And maybe a slightly different angle so it would feel more like the path and bridge are leading us in to the image. They would make great leading lines but they are a little lost here. His shirt is also really similar to the light area.
#3 I like the pose. I like the colour. He looks like he is squinting because of the sun, is that right? I'd like to see it cropped in portrait orientation as the foliage front (our) right is a bit distracting.
#1 Is just precious. Great colour and clarity. It could be maybe a touch brighter, but that would be down to personal preference. I'd like a tiny bit less room to the (our) left of the picture but otherwise love it.
#2 So cute, such a boy pose. It is maybe a little 'flat' but I love this one too.
#3 I'd like to see with a slightly different crop.
All with my 50mm. Two are from the same nice day last week that I have posted some shots from already. The third is just a snap to show you one of the things that has been keeping me preoccupied this week.
1. ISO160, SS 1/400 F2.5
I need to get calibrated. This looked ok to me until I uploaded. Here it looks too cool and / or underexposed to me.
2. ISO160, SS 1/320 F2.5
3. No need for cc - my baby tried to climbed up onto an exercise bike and it fell over on top of her. Her forehead and nose had to be glued and I have been a bit of a helicopter parent since. She can't get it wet or pick at it, plus she is both adventurous and clumsy which is not a good combination when trying not to re-split it.
Shadow, aw, so sorry about your little girl! Poor kid! We've sure had a lot of little injuries with the kids on this board lately! Hope she's feeling OK.
Your other two shots have nice focus and are well exposed, but the dappled light is distracting. Especially on the first one, where his face is the most shadowed part of the image. The second one has much better light on his face, and nice light in his eyes. But perhaps looking for more even lighting would be better.
On the second one, I like the angle you have, but think it would be better against a plainer background -- like against some grass. The lines of the picnic tables distract, but if this were against some grass, it'd add some colour, remove the distracting elements, and it's a great angle with nice light in his eyes.
Anyone from this CC group still out there? Not sure if I'm going to bother posting on my day today... it's so quiet here!
I'm still here Tracy.. Post away! I'm actually away but will cc when I get back in 48 hours.
Forgive me please!! I have been soooooo busy. I will try to get on asap...
Well, I'll put a few up, shadow_grey... though it's not my day. Sounds like Sadie's busy and Steph's away and the CC group feels rather dead at this point, though! But shadow, hopefully you'll post some pics for CC soon too!
#1. f/5.6, SS 1/500, ISO 800, FL 135mm
#2. Probably Mommy goggles, but I just like the mood of this for some reason. f5.6, SS 1/250, ISO 500, FL 135mm
#3. I have two of these, but I like the one where he's not looking at the camera better. It captures his mischievous mood better.
f 5.6, SS 1/200, ISO 500, FL 135mm
#4. A bit of different processing on this one. f5.6, SS 1/160, ISO 1000, FL 100mm
Tracy, I'm still away so will cc when can look from a computer. Looking on my phone I LOVE them and #2 is definitely not just mummy goggles.
1. I like your conversion here. I just wish I could see more of her face b/c I am very curious as to what she's looking at!
2. This is not mommy goggles, but I am not too fond of the conversion. I love the mood here though!
3. I can see the mischievous! LOVE IT!
4. LOVE this one. The processing works great here!
I've got a minute...
Tracy, on the third one can you change the blue color to the yellow on the rest of the equipment? I think that it would make it more uniform and not take my eye away from how incredibly cute it is!
I don't know how to do that, Steph... at least, not in GIMP.
Sadie, do you like the original or BW conversion on #2 better?
I'm back. I missed my day again though as was away
#1. I really like the conversion and she has great light in that eye. I am not a big fan of the composition. She is turned too far away from us so I feel like, for it to work, we would need to see what she was looking at.
#2. Love this. You're right, it does have a real moody feel about it. I actually prefer the conversion in your first post.
#3 I am not a big fan of this. I like the idea but I still feel like he is a little lost in the image. Maybe if it was pulled a bit tighter?
#4 This one is kind of dreamy. I can see that it would appeal to a lot of people, though it isn't really to my taste. I can't really put my finger on what it is that I don't like. It might just be the processing.
I'm hoping to get to some cc this afternoon!
#1 - Great focus and conversion! I agree with the other CC on this one.
#2 - I too like the mood, and agree about liking the b&w better.
#3 - Yeah, I'm not sure exactly how to change the color. Maybe a paint bucket? Select the same yellow color, and fill it?
#4 - Very nice! Like the edit on it. The only thing is that I wish that bright spot in the bg wasn't there. It's catching my eye a little too much.