More practice for CC please

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More practice for CC please

I don't know where I screwed up. Granted I'm trying to practice with my 2 year old who is in perpetual movement and that gives me little time to really look at my photos and settings after I take several!

I was at a great park between 6 - 7:30 pm and thought with the huge open area of shade I'd be able to get focus nailed. WRONG.

And my pictures continue to be cool. A friend said I just need to get a gray card to create a custom white balance...so maybe I"ll try that.

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 800

I love this but why is the sky so blown? And you can ignore the b&W, I don't know how to do any processing but wanted to see it as a b&W.
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

and my DH posing Smile See, I can't even focus when it's an adult being really still!!!
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
There are no words...

This is not great but I am posting it to get help. I metered off of my DS and DH but they are so dark still and the back is so light. Any advice?

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
IMG_4406

No idea how to do silhouettes but wanted to try here. any tips on doing these? There are another set of swingsets that I want to try that has more open sky behind so I can practice.
Exposure 1/4000 sec
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

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Here's my cc. I am still a newbie, so you can ignore me if you want! Wink

1. I like this one. I wish he wasn't holding onto the horse thing, but I think your color is almost there. It is a tad bit cool, but I still like it. His eyes look good!

2. I suck at not blowing the sky, so I am no help there. This is a cute shot though! Just wish DH was more in the photo!

3. I think your ap is what makes him not in focus. 1.8 is HARD to nail. I can't do it.

4. Can't help on the metering, sorry!

5. I have only achieved ONE decent sillouette. I have no clue how I did it. I too would love some feedback on this!

You are doing much better! Keep posting!

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Thanks! I am bummed that he's holding on in #1 since it's such a nice clear shot of him....

I, too, wish DH was more in the picture of DS swinging. I was hoping that I'd catch at least one somewhat in focus and although I love this one, not sure how I can save DH from being framed out if grandma decides she wants one printed!

I'm not sure why I had my ap so low on the last ones of DS and DH. Today I did some at the beach and I closed it down (is that the right term?) to help.

Thanks for the feedback...I really appreciate it!

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I've had this open for a few days so I didn't forget to reply to it. Wink

1. I just love this shot. Yes, it's cool and perhaps a tad underexposed. But his eyes are great! Focus is really nice too.

2. Blown sky is okay. I learned long ago to accept the blown sky so that you can get the good foreground. Really, it only matters if you're printing big and the sky takes up most of the picture. But in this one it doesn't matter. I think this should be in color though, b&w doesn't do justice to the action going on.

3. Cool and underexposed. I can't tell that he's out of focus at this size but the reason he could be is because of the aperture. If you're trying to capture all of someone like this, then you don't want to go wide open like that. Close your ap up some.

4. Ditto my above advice.

5. You need a higher aperture for a good silhouette. Expose for the sky. The tree is too much of a distraction here. But I like the swing concept for a silhouette.