Great pics! I agree with GiGi that I really like the winding rocks behind them, it is beautiful. Her forehead & nose seem a little too bright to me. I think this image would be even greater if he were looking at the camera.
For the second one, gorgeous bokeh and color and light; but to me it seems his eyes are a bit oof. I can't tell where focus fell in this one.
GiGi, I love them both! But in #1 his face looks soft to me; did the focus fall on the lower half of the pic, or maybe the fence to his left?
I love the DOF in the doggy pic :)
Gigi, these are lovely. I think you have done a great job with exposure on the do picture and great DOF.
I really like the composition and colouring in the Logan picture. His shirt seems a bit bright, not sure why or how you would fix that. I think there might be a slight colour cast on his face too, but maybe that's just my monitor (uncallibrated)
These are not recent but, thanks to the weather and unwell kids, I haven't been able to get out this week. Feel free to just choose 1 or 2 to CC
How could I have gotten proper exposure of him without over-exposing the water?
I really love #1! a moment of TRUE joy - it's written all over his face and I love it! Exposure looks really good. the water behind him is tad bright, but it doesn't bother me, not here.
#2: I really suspect that to get proper exposure you're going to have to take more than 1 shot (bracketing your shots is probably the best bet) - with at least one exposed for the water and one for your adorable boy, then you can use masks to combine the two images and have everything properly exposed. Alternately, I guess you could expose for the water and use some kind of reflector or fill to make sure the face is also properly exposed. hopefully others who are better at this will chime in for you.
#3: this is my FAVORITE of this set! This boy has some amazing eyes and you captured them so well here! I love the composition and his posture - this is a great young man look w/ out being too grown up looking. Color and exposure look spot on to me. I'll bet his family loves this!
#4: more beautiful eyes! and such bright catch lights to boot! I love the feminine look (especially the pearls) with the more rugged background. Watch the hand chop though - her left hand is chopped at what looks like the wrist. Avoid chops at the joints and when possible, try to get the hand in there. It doesn't bother me much though as I am naturally drawn to her eyes w/ this composition.
I want you all to know that I fully intend on giving out CC, and that I haven't forgotten, but I'm heading out of town for the weekend, and won't be able to comment. Sorry!!!
Thanks Gigi, that's my niece and nephew :) They both have gorgeous eyes
Here is my CC.. I like the fact that you used the wall to get some shade on the left of his face. I still find the lighting to be a bit flat, like you mentioned, there are no catchlights in his eyes. I think a reflector would give you a good directional light on this. I would maybe tone down brightness also and add some warmth (but that's just me).
Originally Posted by acarbo99
Great shot and clarity and the bokeh is gorgeous on this one!
1 & 2 - great shots - you got good clarity on both. I find the crop a bit tight in the first one and 3 & 4. I would like to see you use the environment more :). The skin tone looks inconsistent, the first I find cool and the second is warmer.
Originally Posted by shadow_grey
3 & 4 - as I mentioned crop is a bit tight. Watch your background - the one with the girl there is a pipe going thru her head. And the bright spots in the back is distracting.