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    I'm going to go ahead and get the thread started, though I will have to post later. I'm sorry I haven't been around a lot lately. My kids are keeping me busy this summer for sure! Not to mention the lack if energy!
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    Managed to get something processed and uploaded! Jackson found my old gasses, and I couldn't help but snap a few with how cute he looked! Focus is not great when zoomed in. I'm trying to decide why. Shouldn't be camera shake. I'm thinking it's noise since it was slightly underexposed.

    1/400 f/4 ISO 4000 96mm

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    Steph ... what a great shot of Jackson! He looks so serious. I love your conversion and your great use of shadows here. I love the drama that the shadow of the glasses creates and am SO impressed that neither the frame nor the shadows is crossing his eye line at any point. NICE! At this size, focus looks really good. His expression makes me LOL - at our house we call that the "angry librarian look."

    I'm glad you had time to share this with us.

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    That's exactly what I thought when I uploaded this one, GiGi! He looks like a librarian! lol! Thanks for the feedback!

    Here's one more just as a share to show the happier side


    866A5499-2bwweb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    Oh Steph! I just LOVE that 2nd one! What a card you have on your hands! And another great conversion to boot!

    OK. Here is mine for the week.

    50mm, f/3.5, ss=1/40, iso 800, speed light bounced off ceiling


    The color isn't quite as bad as it looks here. Something happened when I uploaded it. *sigh* I may have to move to flickr or something. I'm seeing these color shifts a lot when using this site (that I've been using for years).

    This is my cousin and her daughter. She's a single mom and has never had "official" portraits done. Just snaps w/ her phone. We were really rushed though as we were all headed to a funeral. So this is NOT what I would have liked to have grabbed for her, but it's about all I had time for that day.

    Anyway ... any suggestions for processing, color correction, etc would be most appreciated. I will probably try to do some skin smoothing on the mom.

    Let me know.

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    I'm a little late this week. We had bugs and then visitors.

    Steph, I saw these on flikr. LOVE love love!! Focus in #1 is especially awesome, those eyes are amazing. My only criticism, and it is nitpicking, is his chest is a touch bright for me. For me (and I emphasise this is just me) I feel like my eyes are getting dragged down to the brighter area.

    Gigi, the daughter's colouring looks great, but Mum looks a little magenta to me. It is unfortunate that Mum is looking down slightly while the daughter has her head tilted up. Also, I would clone out the trim on the wall behind them. I'm sure they will be treasured by the Mum.

    ISO 400, F5.6, SS1/160
    Would you clone out the writing on the chair?? I think her face is a bit pink?


    I bracketed this one to get better exposure overall (sky -1, trees and ponds 0, rock +1). I've also tried editing. Played with curves and clarity. Have I made it look oversaturated?
    Iso160, F4.0, SS/640


    ETA: I just noticed the pole growing from her head. Ugh, really have to pay attention to those details!
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    GiGi, did there happen to be a wall to the left side of the frame? The light looks a little flat because the flash was bounced off the ceiling. If you could bounce it off a side wall, I think you would have had more flattering light on their faces. I'm noticing shadows under the eyes and the nose. I think there looks to be a bit too much contrast and that's why it looks "off" to you.

    For some more post processing, I would go in with a new layer, and paint a good skin color over the darkness under the eyes at an opacity of around 30-50%. Maybe a little lower? Depends on what looks natural. You don't want no shadows, but they're a little too dark and makes them look tired. I'd increase the shadows and lower the contrast. Mom's face does look a little more magenta than daughter's, and you'd probably have to work in layers and mask to correct.
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    G - I might have upped the ISO on #1 just a bit more to get the overall image a little brighter. It's bordering on underexposed (to me at least). I wouldn't worry about cloning out the writing on the bench. This is just a snap and it's not really the best location for a formal portrait. Which is ok! We need those snaps of our kids just being themselves, so I'd leave it to remember where you were and what you were doing that day. This images tells me that you were on a hike based on the trail map on the background. And I gotta say, I love those mismatched socks! Have you heard of Chooze Shoes? If she likes mismatched socks, she'd love those shoes!

    I am terrible with landscape photography. So take my CC on #2 with a grain of salt. I don't think it looks oversaturated. I love the blueness of the sky. But I do think that the shadows need lifted as you're loosing some detail.
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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I can see I have a lot of work ahead of me to make these photos print worthy. I'm hoping to meet up with her in her home town in a few months to do some special pics of her daughter (she does flamenco dance - oh the colors!) and we may try some natural light photos instead of these flashy things. *sigh*

    If I was going to do a 'studio look' I probably should have dragged out the backdrop and strobe lights and done it right rather than this rushed attempt. *sigh*

    Gemma ... I too wouldn't worry about the writing - it's an environmental portrait and it works. In the future, I would probably go with a slightly more open aperture - maybe around 3.5. Her whole body and most of the bench should still be in focus, but the background (including the sign) would be more blurred and then it really wouldn't matter. I still love it. I'm not seeing the magenta, but I'm at work and this monitor is really off.

    I love the landscape shot! I'm no great shakes at it myself, but this is a really nice attempt. The composition is really pleasing and I love the reflection in the water. Did you use a fish-eye lens for this shot? It almost has that kind of quality.

    TFS!
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