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CC Group - Week 2

Well, it was one heck o a day, and I'm just now getting to post the new week. I don't have anything to share at the moment. I hope to get around to processing what I captured over the weekend.

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I've been searching for something to share this week, but I just can't come up with anything. I second shot a wedding this past weekend, and didn't get anything worthwhile, and I can't share what I did get until the photographer hands the files over to the bride. *sigh* I'm seriously stuck in a huge rut.

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I hear ya on being stuck in a rut, Steph. I'm struggling as well. Maybe you could pull something from your archives that you would like to re-shoot eventually or even just re-edit.

I'm trying some new things (see my thread on "rule breaking"). And while I am still not feeling very creative, at least I'm forcing myself to try some new things.

Take care,
GiGi

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I hope you get out of your rut soon, Steph. I've been stuck in one for what seems like ages. Personally, I would love to take photos as well as you do. I'm especially jealous of your backlit images

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I think that's part of my problem, G. I know what look I want, and I can't find it here. I LOVE filtered backlighting, and I can't seem to find an area around here that will allow me to do it. I was able to get that look back in Illinois, but where we are in Arkansas, there are hills and valleys that don't allow me to have that rim of light during the golden hour. Seems all I can find around here are places to get the hazy backlight. I really should get out and location scout some more and see if I can find anything. I'm sure there's something out here, but it's hard to find when you don't really know you're way around very well. I ask around and people give me the regular photo op places, which are pretty areas, but not exactly the look I'm going for.

I have been thinking more and more about sending my camera in, especially since I don't have any shoots on the books right now with it being so incredibly hot. I kind of just want someone to tell me that it's not the camera and that it's me that needs to get better. I need to get some test images uploaded so El can compare some with me. It is going to be an event, since the harddrive is FULL! I have to transfer things over to the EHD, now that I realize that a backup is NOT the same as being able to access the files on the EHD LOL! Blonde moment from me!

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Steph ...

One thing that comes to mind is the difference in latitude from IL to AR. I know here in Texas the "golden hour" is very VERY early in the morning and pretty darn late at night. In addition, it has always seemed to me that the light is just a bit more harsh the further south you go. Not that you can't get that nice golden glow. You just have to wait longer for it. I know that for the evening hour I have to wait until about 8pm. I also understand that when you have to contend with mountains it makes it harder to find that kind of light, what with the sun disappearing behind said mountains during the best hours of the day.

I hope you can find a location that fits the bill for you!

And until then, hang in there!

GiGi

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That's a really great point about the sun being harsher. We are definitely closer to the sun around here, and can actually FEEL it! I didn't even think about the fact that I would need to be shooting even later than I would back in IL. That is, if I can find a nice field with some open shade Wink

That brings another thing to mind. I'm actually kind of nervous/scared about going out in fields around here to shoot. The snakes and bugs are much more vicious around here than they are back in IL. You don't typically come across a poisonous snake in IL, but they're fairly common to encounter here in AR. We've also had black widows around our back porch, and found a scorpion inside the house last fall. Totally not used to that and really makes me cautious about my outdoor shooting.

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OK. It's Thursday so here are a few from me for this week.

1. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/1000 - 100 ISO

this shot is killing me to look at. i took 2 shots. this one first. it was under exposed, so I adjusted and re-shot. came out GREAT! got back to the office and was scrolling through, deleting some older images and deleted the good one before I realized what I was doing. *sigh* it's a bit grainy from where I bumped up the exposure. his shirt looks blown to me here, but looked fine before uploading.

2. 50mm - f/3.5 - 1/250 - 200 ISO

not my usual kind of subject and I think it shows. I just liked this tree popping up out of this pond. the blown water bothers me, but I thought I'd put this one out there anyway.

3. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/640 - 100 ISO

I'm looking for all kinds of advice on this one. The tilt was intentional but I'm not sure I really like it. This is the in-camera crop. I'm considering tightening it up a bit. do you think I would lose the context of the net that I'm shooting through if I crop it in tighter?

That's it for me this week. I've actually taken quite a few shots this week. Some are over on my "breaking the rules" thread and some are snap-ish, so I'm saving those for the Friday share. And even though I still feel very ... I dunno ... uninspired in my shots, I at least got out and took a whole bunch of pics this week. That feels good. Got a family reunion this weekend, so hoping to get more to share for next week.

Best,
GiGi

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Steph, I completely understand where you are coming from with the hills, etc. I am completed surrounded by hills - literally. We're in a Valley. If the hills didn't block enough light, the trees successfully block the rest. From our house you cannot see a sunset or sunrise, at all. It goes from day to twilight to dark. I've tried driving around looking for spots to get good light in the golden hours, but it is difficult to find somewhere with great lighting, clear access and NOT on private property. I'm slowly finding more spots I like, but it has been a really, really slow process and is nowhere near done.

Gigi, it could be my screen, but his shirt looks a little blown to me in #1 - particularly to the left of the image (his right). Also, the white of his ball is almost identical to the white of his shirt with only the tiniest bit of shadow in betwee. I'm wondering if you pulled it back down a bit if you would get more definition between the two. I like the way he is framed between the trees / branches, however, the branch in the background looks as though it is growing out of the side of his head.

#2 is pretty cool. The blown water doesn't bother me as I am drawn to the tree. I wouldn't mind seeing it with a touch less room on the left and a touch more on the right.

#3, I like the idea, I just wish the string of the net wasn't going right through his head. I wouldn't crop it as I like being able to tell it is a net you are looking through. I like how the ball is framed in the net.

It is Friday here, but I am going to wait till either later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning to post my images as it is still Thursday for most of you ladies.

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GiGi -

#1 - I HATE when I delete images on accident!! It happens to all of us, so you're not alone. This is still a nice image. I'd like a little more light in his eyes, but I know how hard it is to get light in dark eyes. I would have liked to see a little bit more of him so you could have got his whole hand and ball in the frame. You may have done that in the deleted image, though. Also, and this is getting really nitpicky, I would have turned the ball so that you could see his name on it Smile Just a tiny little detail.

#2 - I love these kinds of trees! We pass over the AR River quite often, and there are a bunch of them in there and I'm always fascinated by the way they look. I think you could have got an awesome look out of this one at a different time of day. The lighting looks a bit harsh. I'm terrible with comp on landscape/nature shots, as I struggle with that myself, so I won't comment much on that. I will say that I feel like it may need to have a little more context in the frame.

#3 - I like what you're going for here! Again, I feel like there needs to be a little more room since you're going for the tilt. I think it would make it look more intentional. I wouldn't crop it in anymore, as you'd loose too much of the looking through the net.

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Thanks for the feedback guys! I truly appreciate it!

On #1, like Gemma said, his shirt definitely looks blown now. I'm going to go back to the original and make sure I get it right. Steph ... the one I deleted DID do better on the head/hand chops. I am still KICKING myself for deleting that one. *sigh* I didn't think about the ball though. He was getting pretty tired of me at that point and I was starting to rush.

#2. Landscapes are NOT my thing. And the harsh mid-day sun didn't help any. If I can, I may try to get back out there late evening some time. I've got a just-graduated-highschool couple that wants to do a shoot. maybe we could try there. I think it would be a neat place to shoot under - the water is only about calf deep.

#3. the more I look at this one, the more I don't like it. Here's another shot with the same idea. I didn't get the other goal in this one and I didn't try the tilt. Focus is a bit softer here, but I am starting to like this one better. What do you guys think?

Thanks again!
GiGi

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This week, as per suggestions in CC last week, I tried pulling back a little.

50mm, ISO400, SS1/250, F5.6

44mm, ISO400, SS1/125, F5.0

85mm, ISO800, SS1/125, F5.6

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Great job on including more environment!!! I'm just looking on my phone at the moment, but these just need a little pop in post processing. Maybe a bump in the exposure and some playing around with levels (or curves if your photoshop has it). I may see if I can play around with them a bit on my computer soon to show you the potential. Processing has so much to do with photography these days. Yes, you need a good image SOOC, but a lot of the "looks" that you see these days are done in post. And man, there are so many ways to do things. And I'm still learning about them Wink

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Shadow- I think you have done a great job pulling back. I like the bridge you have and it looks somewhat like the one I have here. I am sharing this photo to show you how you can use that fencing to your advantage:

DSC_0493_edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

2) You have some dappled light. What time of day are you shooting? Her smile is genuine and her posing is cute, but maybe try instead of straight on, have her at an angle and use the rock more to your advantage.
3) This is a really cute photo. I think you could use some pop on this one to make it stand out more.

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Thanks Sadie and Steph. Sadie, these were all shot between 9 and 9.30am (winter - sunrise is around 7.30am). I really like your bridge/fence shot. Steph, feel free to play. My pp is terrible. I always think I overdo it when I try

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Great work this week, Gemma!

#1. this area is really cool looking. with its "grunge" look, it makes a really fun contrast to your sweet, girlie girl Dappled light is hard, but for the most part, I think you did well with it here. The one shaft of light on her hair and the light hitting her shoulder kind of gives her a nice glow. Biggrin Playing on the contrast between her and the environment, I wish we had something else for her in here - maybe some jacks or a tea set. Something so that she is active in the environment. I also think that if she was sitting (& maybe playing with some toys) then you could get her completely in the shadows. This will help with exposure as the camera won't be fooled by the light hitting her back. Sorry to ramble ... If you can't tell ... I *love* this bridge and I think it would make a GREAT spot for more pics. Biggrin

#2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! I love how you used the fence to frame her. I love that fun smile and the really beautiful environment. She looks so cute and sassy here. I think with the right pp this one will truly POP. There is the one bright/blown spot on her knee, but for me it's not too distracting and I would want to have prints of this.

#3. Oh my ... she looks SO SWEET here! I love the natural expression and relaxed mood. I love the winding path - great use of leading/trailing lines. The light on her head perfectly separates her from the darker background. I'm at work, so I haven't commented much on color (my monitor sucks) but she looks just a touch cool here. Hopefully someone who is calibrated can say for sure. I don't have a lot to add here b/c I think it's a pretty strong photo both with composition and processing. Maybe some kind of slight bump to make it pop and/or a white balance adjustment. VERY NICE!

Best,
GiGi

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Here are a few from a Maternity Session I did. They didn't turn out like I wanted.

f/4 1/40 ISO-100
IMG_8961

f/4 1/1000 ISO-800
IMG_9012

f 6.3 1/100 ISO - 100
IMG_9052

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I think you are being hard on yourself, Nichole! These look really sweet and I'll bet the couple really loves them.

#1. I love the way you used the environment. The trees frame them nicely and the full shade makes for nice, even light. The posing needs a little work as they look a little stiff. I think with just a few tweaks you would like this shot more. For example, if you had them move their hands lower, towards her hips we could see the belly bump more and I believe that would enhance the shot a bit more. Another thing ... I wish you had moved a bit more to your left so that you were shooting them more from the side for this pose. It may not have been possible with this location, but that is the thought that came to mind. You might want to crop in just a bit tighter on them. I love the area, but my eyes keep looking all around to see everything that is going on (the water, the sunlit trees, the little bridge, etc). If you crop in a bit more, you'll take away the distractions.

#2. I love this one! In fact, there is only one thing I would change right off the bat - I wish dad wasn't wearing shades. They make his eyes look a little odd since he's not in sharp focus. But honestly, my eyes go right to the blocks, so it's only a minor issue for me.

#3. I love the idea here. They look so very sweet together. My only suggestion here is to have them raise their hands just a bit so that we can clearly see her belly bump.

Thanks for sharing, Nichole! This looks like it was a fun shoot for you!

GiGi

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Sorry gang. I have been backed up here at work. I promise to CC as soon as I get a free moment.

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"acarbo99" wrote:

OK. It's Thursday so here are a few from me for this week.

1. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/1000 - 100 ISO

this shot is killing me to look at. i took 2 shots. this one first. it was under exposed, so I adjusted and re-shot. came out GREAT! got back to the office and was scrolling through, deleting some older images and deleted the good one before I realized what I was doing. *sigh* it's a bit grainy from where I bumped up the exposure. his shirt looks blown to me here, but looked fine before uploading.

2. 50mm - f/3.5 - 1/250 - 200 ISO

not my usual kind of subject and I think it shows. I just liked this tree popping up out of this pond. the blown water bothers me, but I thought I'd put this one out there anyway.

3. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/640 - 100 ISO

I'm looking for all kinds of advice on this one. The tilt was intentional but I'm not sure I really like it. This is the in-camera crop. I'm considering tightening it up a bit. do you think I would lose the context of the net that I'm shooting through if I crop it in tighter?

That's it for me this week. I've actually taken quite a few shots this week. Some are over on my "breaking the rules" thread and some are snap-ish, so I'm saving those for the Friday share. And even though I still feel very ... I dunno ... uninspired in my shots, I at least got out and took a whole bunch of pics this week. That feels good. Got a family reunion this weekend, so hoping to get more to share for next week.

Best,
GiGi

Here is my CC:

1. Great pose! Love how you incorporate the soccer ball into the shot. I do wish you got all his hand there, was this in camera crop? I would check your whites to see if they are blown. It is causing a color cast under his chin.

2. I am not a nature photographer so I really don't know how to CC this picture :). I like how you got in the detail of the trunk. It is very interesting.

3. The tilt is not working for me. I feel like he is going to fall over. I like the action shot - I think it is really great.

I know you tend to be on the cooler side with your photos. What is your settings on for WB? I know you can warm it up in CR.

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"shadow_grey" wrote:

This week, as per suggestions in CC last week, I tried pulling back a little.

50mm, ISO400, SS1/250, F5.6

44mm, ISO400, SS1/125, F5.0

85mm, ISO800, SS1/125, F5.6

These are great. Great use of the environment for sure!

1. You've got great leading lines in this photo. I agree about increasing the exposure of fill light in CR when you edit. Play around with curves to get that pop going.

2. Nice side lighting - I would have maybe tilted her a bit more to the left (Camera right) so that she didn't have that bright spot on her leg.

3. Check the whites. looks really bright.

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"NicholeC" wrote:

Here are a few from a Maternity Session I did. They didn't turn out like I wanted.

f/4 1/40 ISO-100
IMG_8961

f/4 1/1000 ISO-800
IMG_9012

f 6.3 1/100 ISO - 100
IMG_9052

Here is my CC. I think you did good for your first maternity shot.

1. Your SS is very low 1/40, I am surprised the picture didn't come out soft. Posing is very awkward. Lots of color cast mainly green and yellow most likely from the environment.

2. This is a great idea. Did you blur then out in the back? With f4 - I wouldn't think they would be that blurry. If you did, I would decrease the blur so that it looks softer.

3. Watch out for those trees, several of them are growing out of her head.