My Family Portrait - Need Feedback

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AmberBella's picture
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My Family Portrait - Need Feedback

Hey all!

So we went out this evening to (hopefully) get this year's family portrait. I set the camera up and handed it off to my mother to get a few shots. We had a heck of a time getting Nathan to cooperate as usual. This is one of the only usable ones.

How is the post processing looking?


IMG_2854_pp 2 WEB by amberbella, on Flickr

sweetalienchick's picture
Joined: 10/25/05
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nice! I like it! Smile Love your hair! I love how your photos are always so warm and the colors just pop! Do you saturate your photos in some way?

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
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I 2nd Loida's post. I always love your processing! I would love more info on how you do it!

leighanndolin's picture
Joined: 12/28/05
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Absolutely Gorgeous.
I am always jealous of how bokeh-licious your images are. How do you do it?

Joined: 10/26/01
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processing looks AMAZING! and had you not said anything, I never would have known you struggled with Nathan. Smile that's just what kids his age do!

I think you got a wonderful shot and personally, I wish my own family shots had come out this nice.

TFS!
GiGi

Joined: 10/26/01
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one thing ... I keep coming back to the one weed that crosses your arm. You might consider trying to clone that out, at least where it hits your arm and above. It's such a contrast in color to your dark clothes, that it keeps drawing my eye.

Just my $0.02 worth. I still love the shot and were it me doing the editing, I'm not sure I'd remove that weed. Blum 3

...GiGi

AmberBella's picture
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"acarbo99" wrote:

one thing ... I keep coming back to the one weed that crosses your arm. You might consider trying to clone that out, at least where it hits your arm and above. It's such a contrast in color to your dark clothes, that it keeps drawing my eye.

Just my $0.02 worth. I still love the shot and were it me doing the editing, I'm not sure I'd remove that weed. Blum 3

...GiGi

Yes, I've been back and forth on the weed. I kinda like it, even though I know it's distracting. I may play with it at some point.

My processing is pretty consistent. I happen to love Nichole Van's Outdoor Color Pop action. I have tweaked it almost beyond recognition, but it's still the basic: saturate background colors, boost contrast, darken background, add very slight vignette, and mask almost everything off skin and hair.

The bokeh is no secret....it's the lens. I'm convinced that the Canon 70-200mm 2.8L is magic. This was shot at: ss 1/160, f4.5 ISO 1600 (thanks 5D Mark II!!!) and Focal length was 115mm I placed us quite far in front of the background.....the length of about half a football field. Then had mom placed relatively close to us and with a focal length above 100mm. Chose 4.5 for the ap to maximize the bokeh and tried to keep us on a very close plane with one another to get us all in focus. Sadly, Nathan had napped too long, and the light dictated such a high ISO. GRRRR!

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looks great to me, I would love to have a picture of my whole family together, but it seems impossible! I don't mind the weed/grass thing.

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Stunning, it looks great. Gorgeous family!

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Wow! This is just amazing! Sure, Nathan doesn't have a huge smile on his face, but I think he looks very nice Smile (Carson rarely even looks at the camera these days) Your colors are just awesome! Love it!

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I love it!!!!!!!! I agree with the others, I love your processing. I'm working on my own processing style, and it's a challenge because there's a couple of different looks I like. Anyhow, I think this is a nice one! But I'm with GiGi, I'd take the weed out. I mean, I get the appeal of keeping it in but at the same time, I think it's more distracting than aesthetic.

I'm saving up for that lens, really hope to get it in the next two months. I've been wanting it for months!!!

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its beautiful, nice and rich, and you look gorgeous, love your hair :0)

jealous! my hubby wont do family pix :0(

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"coolmama72" wrote:

Anyhow, I think this is a nice one! But I'm with GiGi, I'd take the weed out. I mean, I get the appeal of keeping it in but at the same time, I think it's more distracting than aesthetic.

Excellent point. I'll try shrinking it down closer to the levels of the others and see how I like it. Definitely getting a canvas of this one so I wanna get it perfect as possible.

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Joined: 04/22/07
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oh i love this, i love your hair!
i agree with the weed though, it does stand out to me but i really love the processing

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I don't know why you need OUR feedback on this, you're the pro Wink

I think it's beautiful. A bit strong in color for my taste, but that's my total personal preference. I would surely print this one BIG Smile

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LOVE it all!

EL2
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I like it as well. I do agree that the weed is a bit distracting but lovely nonetheless!

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very, very nice! I didn't even notice the weed at first look!