Christmas card pics (CC please!)

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Christmas card pics (CC please!)

I took the fam to a nearby state park last weekend to try and get some pics for our Christmas card. I'm wanting a card that's not overly "Christmasy" and cliche. The leaves are so pretty, so I thought that would be a pretty backdrop.

You guys, I'm having such a hard time nailing focus. It's really frustrating and discouraging. It doesn't seem to matter whether I have it set to manual focus or auto focus. Could it be the crappiness of my lens? In addition to user error, of course. Any tips to help with this are VERY appreciated.

Anyway, here are the ones I chose for the card. What do you think? CC is welcome and appreciated. Settings for the first three are ISO 400; SS 1/200; f/8.0

ISO 1600; SS 1/200; f/8.0

Something is off in the coloring on the one above. Too yellow? Thanks for the help!

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I don't see any problems with focus here, but what does everyone else think?

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I don't see a focus problem with any of these either! Except maybe the first one? Maybe it's just me, but I can't even seem to see where exactly the focus is. Or maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me!

I love them, though! They are beautiful!

I'm totally inexperienced with PP but I think things look a tad yellowy in the last pic.

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Ha - these aren't so bad. However, when you consider that I took around 55 pictures that day, and these, plus just a few others were the only ones that I was happy with the focus. See my flash back Friday post. There are a few others from that day there that are much more representative of my work as of late - pictures that are soft enough that it's noticable. Grr.

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I think your focus looks fine! The first one does look a little soft, but nothing that bothers me! Good job!

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Focus does seem to be good as others have said.

#1 I find a little on the busy side, I think some stragic cropping could cut down on it.

Love the closes ups of the kid, great contact with the camera.

#4 is absolutely adorable, but you need more contrast between the forground and background make the kids pop a bit more.

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I too think the focus is fine. I think your kids haven't developed the habit of not looking at the camera yet! Lol Yours seem to love it!

Yes, the last one is yellow.