I am going to aim to get challenge #2 done tomorrow. DH took the camera over the weekend to one of his truck events, and work has been draining so not much energy to put my brain into it. I am trying for tomorrow!!
Sounds good, Sara! Can't wait to see what you have to share!
Great examples, Suzanne!
For me, getting into the habit of not centering every shot was more than half the battle!
In both of these her yes are near the top 1/3 line and I think it work really well. I love the fact that we can see so much of her expression in #1. Even though she's not looking directly at us, you get a good sense of connection in this shot. I know this is SOCC, so when you go to edit it, you might want to look at your WB. To me here at work (on my not-so-awesome monitor) it looks a little cool. Mostly, the whites of her eyes look blue. I think your exposure looks great and focus for f/2 is REALLY NICE! Both her hands and face look pretty good.
In #2 she's more in the right third of the frame and you've used the negative space really well. This is something I really struggle with, but you have done a good job here. I do wish we could see just a bit more of her face though. Perhaps if you had moved a bit to your left. With out the eye contact or being able to see what she is gazing off at, I feel a little disconnection. Again, the whites of her eyes look a bit blue on my monitor here at work. However, like in #1, your focus looks really well done! Her right hand, nose, and eyes all seem pretty sharp and I do not find it displeasing that her left hand is a little soft.
I think you have worked this assignment really well in these photos, Suzanne! TFS!
Thanks, GiGi! I've been trying out back button focusing and switching out my focal points, so I think that's been helping a lot I just tried a really quick and dirty warming up in iPhoto (I don't have Photoshop on this lappy ). Man, some of the editing is nice in that program, but it really is no comparison to PS! I miss masking.
Anyway, it was really overcast on that day, so no matter what I did Eve still has a bit of blue in her whites. Here is the play:
DSC_1325Play2 by sultana2_10, on Flickr
ETA: I decided to goof off on an online photo editor called FotoFlexer. I played with the curves a bit and changed it to greyscale
42b20cce0b662d6473ba19ea0eb5fe0e0ee4c0eb by sultana2_10, on Flickr
Last edited by reeveslady; 10-02-2012 at 04:54 PM. Reason: adding play
On the whole I like the conversion, Suzanne. Really sweet moment! The eyes look a bit dark. You might try dodging them to see if that brings back some of the detail from the original.
When I can get my hands on our Photoshop machine, I'll try it, GiGi
Sorry I've been a little out of commission lately. I've been uber busy and haven't been able to pick up my camera since those last ones with the oranges Anyway, I have had my eye on full-frame cameras for quite some time, found out about the d600, and decided to go for it. I just ordered one *excited jumps* Unfortunately, DH wants to sell the d7000 so it's not so much out of pocket for us, and someone is looking at it tonight. If it sells, I'll only be able to do some point and shoot shots until my d600 comes (I ordered it from Amazon, and estimated arrival time spans from early November to *gulp* early January). Here's hoping I get it in November.
If the d7000 doesn't sell tonight, the trees out by the water lilies are turning some beautiful colors, so I'll be taking it out there during lunch tomorrow, and I'll share
color me jealous on the d600! I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything will fall perfectly into place for you!
I am behind on this. Hoping to catch up this weekend!
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.