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    Let's get this party started! I figured that I would make a new thread each week so it doesn't get confusing looking back at everything. Is everyone on board with that?

    Oh, and I know that there are some regulars that aren't necessarily participating in the CC group to receive CC, but feel free to offer up any comments or suggestions that you can think of! Giving CC is such a critical part in growing in your own photography!
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    So the main reason that I wanted to start up this group again, is to make myself post stuff for CC again. I feel like ever since I got the new camera, I've been in a major rut, and I can't seem to get out of it. I know it may not seem that way, since I've been having plenty of sessions for someone who is not in business, but I feel "off" I have found a beautiful place to take photos, but it seems like when I'm in the moment of actually doing the session, I forget EVERYTHING! I also feel like no location that I have shot in has what I want to offer to my clients. Back in IL, I was able to find locations with the fabulous filtered backlighting that I love so very much. I just can't find that here. With the hills and small mountains, I find that it's either wide open space with no shade to filter the sun, or it's completely shaded at the best time of the day and the light is flat and boring.

    Also, I feel like my focus has been off, though I've been told my numerous people that it looks right to them. I've been pixel peeping a little too much, I think. I will zoom in to 100% and notice that the focus landed on the teeth instead of the eyelashes. Or, the focus (or maybe even noise) will be off on a full body shot, and it's not crisp and clear.

    So, those are the things that I need to be working on at the moment. I know, it's a lot to read for this just being a CC thread But I think it would be helpful to add into our first post what we're trying to improve on

    So here we go! This is the latest session I'm working on. I feel terrible that I haven't got these to her yet, but I've been kind of unmotivated to process them. Bad, I know!

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    I actually feel like I got some good lighting here. And I know exactly why, so I will be able to repeat it the next time I take someone out to this spot.

    1/400 f/2.5 ISO 1600 85mm

    866A3947-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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    Dang I love this 85mm!!!
    1/250 f/2.5 ISO 320 85mm

    866A3896-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    First, I wanted to say that your stuff always looks great to me Steph, great light and sharp. That hasn't changed (from what I have seen) since you got the upgrade.

    1. I wish I could either see all of his face OR, have him further towards the camera so you could see he was kissing her head (assume that was what he is doing.) In this his face looks 'accidentally' cut of rather than purposely posed like that. In fact, it might just be me but I think I would like him more side on in general. His skin tone looks fantastic to me, but hers seems a little off (in the face, not arms). I can't work out if it is the light on her. Focus is awesome. Can you clone out the bright bit in the bottom right corner.

    2. I think this is beautiful, lovely colour and nice and sharp. Awesome light in his eyes! I wouldn't mind him slightly more to the right of frame, but it isn't a deal breaker - far from it!

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    Thank you! I was thinking the exact same thing about his face.
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    Steph ... I hope you will start to feel more confident w/ your new camera soon. From what I have seen, there has not been a drop off in your images, but I do know the feeling. I've been quite unhappy w/ my own efforts as of late - just feel like I'm not growing. I'm hoping to get the same kind of thing out of participation in this group.

    ANYWAY ....

    #1. I love the lcoation you used here! Everything looks so fresh and green and the light is really soft and flattering. Not seeing Dad's full face doesn't bother me much, but there is something about the comp that just doesn't feel quite right. His head seems too high in the frame, I think. I know Mom's eyes are right near the top third, but having Dad's head so high just feels ... I duuno ... tight, I guess. I think I'd like to see the leg chop at about his mid-calf as well. But believe me, I'm nit picking here.

    #2. I can see why you are loving that 85mm! LOVE the color contrast between his AMAZING eyes and that orange shirt! He's a little centered, but since his eyes are right on the top third, it really isn't a problem for me. I am drawn right to his eyes in this shot. I'll bet his family simply LOVES this one!

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    She hasn't seen this one yet, but I know she will swoon over it as much as I am I will see if I can get the original crop of #1 on here and see what you think. I was kind of confined space wise, because of the 85 and the particular area. They were near water and I was fully backed up to the hill behind me. I probably should have gone a little wider, but it was hard to pass up using the 85
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    Here's the original crop:


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    These are great Stephanie. Way to get great shots.

    1. I am seeing some purple on top of their heads, especially the guy. I wish you have gotten their feet/full body shot, as you have cropped right on his foot. I agree about the CC seeing his face more and having connection looking at you too as she is. I am seeing a touch of yellow on her face.

    2. I have not played with my 85mm and i must try this. This picture is gorgeous. The bokeh is awesome! I don't mind it being centered, but I am not particularly fond of the head crop - somehow it make his head look long/big. Maybe if you chop a bit more of the head so that his eyes are on the top 3rd? Not sure. I am seeing an orange cast on his chin/jawline CR.
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    Steph ... I like the original crop on #1 better, even with the slight foot chop. I really like being able to see the winding rock path behind them, it's a nice visual element that gets lost in the tighter crop. I also think the lack of eye contact with Dad is better in this uncropped image. You can get a sense to where he is looking and then it doesn't matter that he's not looking at the camera, especially since Mom is looking (sorry for the run on sentence).

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    It's Thursday, so I'm going to jump in with some from me.

    This first one is kind of old. It was taken fairly early in the morning on the last day of school for Logan (so end of May). His back is to the sun - he really struggles with light in his eyes, even soft light like we had that morning.

    50mm, f/2.8, ss=1/160, iso=250



    And here is one of my puppy I took yesterday:
    50mm, f/2.5, ss=1/1600, iso=100


    this one was at 3pm, full sun, no shade. I would have liked to have gotten down on her level, but she won't sit still when I do that, so I was above her. I struggle keeping the white part of her face exposed properly w/out the rest of her face being too dark. any/all suggestions appreciated.

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