CC please - outdoor newborn pics

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CC please - outdoor newborn pics

Well, he's not brand spanking new. About 4 weeks I think. I left work early this evening to take these. Not many days in Oregon when a newborn is happy outside naked but it was 90+ degrees outside today so we had to take advantage. This little guy doesn't like getting his picture taken but we got a few.

CC on everything please. Color, comp, etc. I'm also curious if there are any you like/dislike more than others. Be brutally honest - I gain so much from everyone's comments!

My processing was the same for all of them. Here are my steps (I always find this stuff useful when looking at other people's photos) and one SOOC for comparison.
- Levels adj on entire layer to add contrast and deepen color
- Rectangular Marquis around baby feathered at 200px, select inverse, levels layer to further deepen background * I have a newfound love with levels*
- merge visible layers
- Dup layer, ran portraiture, reduced opacity to 40%
- New blank layer, add watermark, change color/blending mode, opacity to suit picture
- crop for web
- USM 500/.2/0

Taken with my 105mm 2.8 macro lens

1) ISO200 | f/3.2 | 1/320
SOOC first, then PP

2) ISO200 | f/3.2 | 1/320

3) ISO200 | f/3.2 | 1/320

4) ISO200 | f/3.2 | 1/320

5) ISO200 | f/3.2 | 1/250

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okay...I am SO jealous of all of you able to post pics of stuff that is alive! Everything around here is fried cause of the heat and lack of rain!!!

He is a cutie Krissy! Your sooc's are unbelieveable!

I relaly like the edit on 1. He looks a little pink by his arm, but that's about it. Smile

2.On the crop, I think I would put him more in the middle. He's not off center, not centered and with the portrait onientaion, I would center him.

3.nice!

4. He looks like he has gass...that's not your fault. Wink I wish you had this one in portrait too so that you could see the geese interacting with the pond more. Here they seem out of place almost. Like they almost compete for attention.

5. The color looks wonderful here! I would center him here the same way I would in 2.

Very beautiful! Mom will be very, very happy. :bighug:

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I love #1,2,and 3. I agree with Kelly about centering #2. #4 and 5 have lovely pp. He just looks uncomfortable.

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I'm being picky, but I don't like the color of the blankets, they just make the pictures so monochrome. I think a brighter blanket, like a cream would help the baby pop better.

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Thanks, ladies! All of the pictures are SOOC crops. I thought about centering them but I didn't want to crop out any of the background so I waited to see what you'd think.

"AmberBella" wrote:

I'm being picky, but I don't like the color of the blankets, they just make the pictures so monochrome. I think a brighter blanket, like a cream would help the baby pop better.

Interesting thought, Amber. I wanted him to look like he was one with nature, so I used the earthy tones.

I had such high hopes for these pictures but he wasn't the happiest little guy. He just wanted to sleep but he got really pissed off whenever we moved him around, and then it was all over. Smile

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I like #1 the most, and thanks for posting your PP steps. I love to see what steps people take and your PP looks great! I think he looks the most comfortable in #1.

#2 is my second favorite, but I'd center him. I like the little smirk on his face and how you can see his little hand! Smile

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These are so great! I also wanted to thank you for adding your pp steps, I didnt realize that you could do all of that with levels! I will definately try them out! I love #1 the best! I like the earth tone blankets too, and his momma will fall over in love with these!

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I have to say, the blankets do look better on this computer...I first looked at them on my laptop. I should never look at pictures on my laptop...they just lose so much contrast. I still think a cream blanket would look great in this setting, but it doesn't look as monochromatic on a properly calibrated monitor.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

I'm being picky, but I don't like the color of the blankets, they just make the pictures so monochrome. I think a brighter blanket, like a cream would help the baby pop better.

I agree.

Can you explain what you mean when you say you did a levels layer. What exactly do you do?

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you rock for posting your PP steps. I need to save this thread, because I want to try your second step. Wink

I really love the blanket colors, so rich. My favorite is definitely the first. That stinks that he was getting cranky.

2. he looks too pink in the shadows (like armpit/knee), but that's only because I'm looking for something to improve. it's probably okay like it is. (waiting for one of the skintone "experts" to chime in). this is my second favorite of the set.

4. his face seems too red. love the ducks in the background. Wink

5. I don't feel anything for the comp here, I'd like to see more of him than we do.

but overall I like this set and your PP. Wink

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