CC Group - Week 3

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CC Group - Week 3

Just getting us started for the week. Looking forward to seeing what everyone has to post.

GiGi

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I have been practicing a lot the past week. I want to share one SOOC (with no sharpening) to see what you all think. Is it acceptable noise? The focus looks great on this one, especially for it being indoors.

This is with the 85mm, which I gave back to my friend. 1/320 f/3.2 ISO 3200

866A4783 by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

Here is the link to the full size file to view the noise and focus:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7287/9161960246_de6191d978_o.jpg

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Steph ... sorry you had to return the 85mm, you have really been rocking that lens!

I pulled up the full size image and both focus and noise look acceptable to me. It's not super wide open, so it certainly looks to me like all of his face is in focus - eyes, nose, mouth, even hair (on his forehead).

My D80 doesn't even go to ISO 3200, so I am jealous! I get so much noise that I rarely go above 800 (and even then I know I'm going to have to run it through noiseware).

I love this serious look on Carson's face Biggrin

Best,
GiGi

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Good to know! I think that maybe I have been slacking off and not paying attention to my settings, and creating issues that aren't there. I have also switched back to focusing with the shutter instead of BBF, and have noticed a difference. Another thing I need to do is use a DOF calculator. I still sometimes feel like the focus will catch in the wrong spot when I specifically focus on the eye and don't move the camera. I think some of it has to do with lighting, but I thought this cameras focus system was suppose to be better than that.

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Hmmm... I haven't been paying attention to noise. But I will try to replicate this condition to see if I get this much noise. But focus looks really good.

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Looks great to me!

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Here is a few more recent pictures of mine.

f/ 1.8 1/3200 ISO-800 Shot with my 50mm
IMG_9150

f/1.8 1/4000 sec ISO-400 shot with my 50mm
IMG_4143

f/8 1/320 sec ISO-1600
IMG_4517

EL2
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Stephanie just to give you a bit of a comparison on the noise. I shot this picture of my son with the 85 mm at f2.2 with ISO 5000. You can view the original in my flickr.

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Hi Nichole!

What a great set! Here are my specific thoughts ...

#1. You got GREAT focus here, especially for an aperture of f/1.8! I love the use of the rr tracks as a trailing line. I'm at work, so I can't comment on color. The only thing I can think of for improvement is that I wish there was more light in her eyes. This can be done a few ways. One way is to take the shot with her looking up at you. For someone standing, this would probably mean you would need a step stool. You can also use a fill flash or a reflector. On the whole though, I love this one!

#2. Another great use of the rr tracks here! It looks like she's looking up at you here and I can see a lot more detail in her eyes this way. Watch the finger & elbow chops. I love her bright & colorful look next to the industrial look of the tracks. I wish she was sitting up a bit more - a straight back would be a more flattering pose, I think. Again, REALLY nice focus for such a wide open aperture. How far were you from her? I'm seriously impressed!

#3. what a truly great location for your shoot! These guys look nice and relaxed too. I find that hard to get w/ most guys. Good job! I would probably crop this one down a bit more - even if it means losing some of the background. I would trim a bit off the left side and the top of the frame so that the tree trunk was roughly at that left third mark.

Thanks for sharing!

Best,
GiGi

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dp - sorry!

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Thanks Gigi!

I am actually going to buy a reflector soon! I went to a workshop and the photographer who was giving it was telling me about them. Got to get one soon! Is there one you recommend? He was telling me about a 6 in 1 that he uses. I can't remember the name or brand he uses!

On the 2nd I think I was pretty close if I remember correctly. The side of that tracks kind of went down in a ditch where there was water so I couldn't get to far away from her. Maybe 5 feet or so from her! I can't really remember! I think thats why her eblow and finger got chopped out the picture b/c I didn't crop this any.

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Sorry ladies, I didn't have anything to share for my day this week. Both my children were unwell and the rest of the week was so hectic I didn't get the camera out. We are on holidays now though so I should have something for my day next week.

Steph, you've nailed focus in this image. Great colour and love the catch lights.

Nichole, Gigi gave you great CC. Just wanted to add that #3 looks a bit too saturated.

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"NicholeC" wrote:

Here is a few more recent pictures of mine.

f/ 1.8 1/3200 ISO-800 Shot with my 50mm
IMG_9150
f/1.8 1/4000 sec ISO-400 shot with my 50mm
IMG_4143

f/8 1/320 sec ISO-1600
IMG_4517

Here is my CC. I had one I already wrote up but when I hit reply it got deleted. You have really grown! Great job on these.

1. Great portrait, the bright sky seems to be competing with her. I think if you can clone some tree/leaves it would work best. Smile is a bit force to my liking but its good.

2. Watch out for those limbs when you are cropping. The crop feels tight here. She seem over saturated, the blue is really intense.

3. I would reduce the vignette. Also play around with the contrast and saturation. The grass is looking neon. Watch out for those limbs again.

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I'm so sorry I'm just now getting to this, Nichole! I've been a bit stressed lately, and haven't really been in the right mind to CC much.

#1 is my favorite of the bunch. I'd brighten her just a tad, and maybe try to burn the sky a bit.

#2 just has the limb chops, but otherwise very nice Smile

I like the casual pose on #1. The vignette is a little strong for me, and I wish we could have all of their legs in the photo. Maybe a portrait orientation would have worked a little better.