Thanks for the CC El. I do definitely have a tendency to shoot too tight within the frame. I need to be more aware of that. And you're right, my skin tones are inconsistent.
As always, your photos are beautiful. I don't feel adequate to give you CC, but I'm going to try my best.
1. Beautiful bokeh. Simply beautiful.
2. that DOF is awesome! And the lines. Again, beautiful! My only criticism is I wish he wasn't quite so central.
3. This is my least favourite, but I think that is because of the edit. To me, and my untrained eyes, it makes it look a little soft (it isn't, I think the haze just makes me feel like it is)
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
El ... I *do* have a reflector. I need to remember to pull it out more often.
Amy ... I do think his face is a bit soft, I believe focus fell on the fence next to him. I'll admit I was hurrying. Last day of school and he was much more interested in the fun he was planning w/ his buddies for the day.
Gemma ... I think you are right about his shirt. I'll go back and try to tone that down a bit. I overexposed that area a bit to make sure his face was better exposed.
El ... I saw a couple of these on facebook and I was *so* hoping they would find themselves here!
#1 is my favorite of the group. I cannot believe how sharp your focus is at f/1.8. got a secret to share there? I mean, with that open of an aperture and with shooting a kid (do you sedate him so he won't move around too much? ). I am in AWE! And then, the bokeh here is just to DIE FOR! Is that a river behind him? The way it sparkles is really and truly incredible! I love his posture and pose - they are all just so typical for a little boy! Your color looks great, whites are white, colors bright. I just love everything about this one.
#2 is a great example of a leading/trailing line. Again, focus here is amazing and has me every so jealous. And I love the soft light on his right side. Eye contact is great. But he looks a bit put out with you. Is that his "are we done with this yet?" face?
#3 has such wonderful catch lights! They are big and bright and make his eyes shine, but do not overpower his deep dark eyes. WOW! How do you resist this face?
The setting is amazing! I hope it is a place you visit often (so that hopefully we can see more pics from there).
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I'm so sorry about just not getting to CC everyones images!
#1 - You always get such a nice relaxed pose from Logan in all of your portraits of him! I love the leaning up against the fence, but I think that because it's the inside of the fence, it doesn't look uniform enough. Perhaps if he were on the other side of the fence without the fence beams in the photo, it would be a little more pleasing to the eye. Even though I love this pose, I am finding that I want some more light in his eyes. Perhaps a sitting position could help so you can shoot a little more slightly down on him, rather than straight on getting a bit more of the sky into his eyes. Either that or a reflector. I find them hard to use if there's not someone around to help. I don't have a stand, but have been thinking about investing in one, if I start to really pick up with more sessions.
#2 - It's a shame there's not eye contact. Have you thought about teaching her the stay or wait command so you can still use the treat to bribe, but not have her charge at you? I'm sure you shoot RAW, right? I have found that exposing for the darker parts and slightly overexposing the white parts has been working well for me when using LR4. I can bring down the whites and highlights separately, yet leave the darks and shadows alone. LR4 has been a fantastic investment for me.
G, I think that you have the basics down pat, and just need to work on your comp. I believe it was El who said that you are getting some pretty tight comps. My suggestion is to start looking at your environment and seeing how you can frame your subject to make a more pleasing comp.
As for #2 and how to expose for it, I would always expose for the skin, and then work with the background. I suggested LR4 to GiGi, and would suggest the same to you. I LOVE it.
Umm yea, this picture was towards the end of the session and he was really not feeling it. Here are other outtakes I didn't share. There was even one of him "yawning", "crying" and "making faces", lol!
Here is the are we done yet look... gotta love 3 years old. Brandon doesn't even want to take pictures anymore he is really camera burnt out. I am going to try next week to see if I can get him out.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
#1 - I feel like there might be a slight green tint to this one. What focal length is this? Love the bokeh/compression. I'm trying to decide which lens to go with next (whenever that may be...)
#2 - Very nice! The only thing is I wish there was a bit more of a connection with him than there is. But it doesn't ruin it
#3 - I, too, noticed the matte look in this one. I think you did a nice job getting this particular look.
Your photos are always SO crisp! I need to learn your secrets, because I'm having a hell of a time with that.
Stephanie - I tried out my 85 mm 1.8 lens on the Mark3 because I saw how great result you got with it on your
No secrets up my sleeve really - I have several OOF shots, I can show you. My kid just couldn't sit still or was slightly moving. The lens is pretty quick to response on a 3 year old who wasn't as cooperative as I want. It was a semi cloudy day when I shot this, so most of the time we were out on open sky (I love cloudy days - I think its the perfect lighting condition). I have my setting to one shot and ISO on auto and adjust the SS according to the location. I also toggle based on his pose. Hope this helps
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.