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    I'm sick, which really sucks. I have a TON of photos I need to edit (of my family and some nature) but my brain isn't working. I have a couple of threads open (Janice & Sadie's most recent) but I can't even collect my thoughts for a good reply. When I feel better, I promise to do that.

    Anyhow, I do have some photos that I really want to share, so I'll do that now. First, I have to introduce with a story and a request for advice. The woman below is a friend of mine from college. She was a VERY CLOSE friend for years. We had a big falling out on my birthday, one month before I got married, and we didn't speak for years (she was even supposed to be in my wedding). We reconnected at a Christian woman's event a few years ago, and have remained in contact since. We don't hang out at all, the friendship isn't what it used to be, but there's still an emotional closeness, if that makes sense. Anyhow, she's a writer now and has branched into speaking to Christian women's groups. She has a talk on pine trees, and had asked me months ago to take some pictures of pine trees in different stages. I don't know if I ever posted them here, but it was a neat project that I really enjoyed. She just started doing the talk (it's about how she feels that God wants Christians to be like pine trees, evergreen and present despite the change of seasons) and she gives each attendee one of the pictures I took as a reminder. She wants to print up labels to put on the back of each photo to give me credit. But I don't want just the credit, I'd like people to visit my website as a way to possibly get clients. I don't want these women to just view me as a nature photographer, ya know? I don't know how to word it though. I thought about something like "capturing the light in people as well as nature" but I feel like that's cheesy. Any ideas for me? I wish my brain was working ...

    Here's the picture (taken before I was better at my sunbursts with everything else in better focus)
    sunburst pine


    And so I had promised her that I'd do a photo session so that she'd have some professional pictures for her blog and any future published writing gigs. We actually did this impromptu session on Wednesday morning with no prior planning. The weather was GORGEOUS and we were both available. She wanted some that make her "look like a writer". She LOVES these but I'm not confident on some of the colors.

    On the photos with the bible, the book itself was overexposed. I selected just the bible and did a curves layer to bring back some of the text so it didn't look like she was reading a blank book.

    1. This was in pretty bright sun. I used the reflector, as the sun was behind her to the right. Sadly, the reflector gave her pinlights, which I didn't notice at the time. I felt like she was magenta here, so I used a color balance layer and added green. According to the numbers, magenta is still higher than yellow, but changing her anymore made her seem off to me. What do you think of her coloring?

    Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture f/3.2
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 100

    Oct132010_0035

    2. I wish we had started in this location. I took a BUNCH of photos on the other side of the trees you see behind her ... and that was all full sun. There was a neat waterfall there, so we had wanted that for the background. But it turns out that the light was much better on the other side, so this photo and the ones below are my favorites. Focus was off on this one, I sharpened it some to bring back some detail, but it's not perfect. That being said, I LOVE this because of her laugh.

    Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
    Aperture f/2.2
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 100

    Oct132010_0051

    3. Posing with her bible ...

    Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/2.2
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 100

    Oct132010_0061

    4. Another bible pose ... and I like how the rays of the sun are shining down, and onto the bible

    Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/2.5
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 100

    Oct132010_0073

    5. She wanted some black & white versions, so I converted most of the bible pose ones for her. This is one of them.

    posure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/2.5
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 100

    Oct132010_0077 bw

    Thanks for looking, and for any feedback. And if you have ideas for my blurb on the pine tree photo, that would be fantastic.
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    Gwen ...

    I'm under the weather too and am having trouble keeping my brain in gear as well. :\

    ANYWAY ... I'll sleep on the 'blurb' part and get back to you if anything comes to me.

    Here's my $0.02 on the photos ...

    1. Her eyes look soft to me. She does look a tad magenta, but I'm not calibrated here at work, so take that for what it is worth.

    2. Love the location and her laugh is great. Focus looks like it fell on her hands.

    3. I do like this one. It could be my monitor here at work, but it seems to me like it needs just a slight bump in color. It seems a little flat. That could be you trying to avoid blowing the whites in her coffee cup and on the bible, but it just seems a little washed out to me.

    4. Now this I REALLY like! I'd like to see this one in b&w as well. The sun rays really do make this one. It seems slightly tilted to the right looking at her posture and the lean of the tree in the background.

    5. This conversion is AWESOME! I love it! In fact, this is my favorite of the set.

    i'm glad you were able to rebuild at least some of your relationship with her. I have a similar situation. The girl and I were friends from toddlerhood all the way through college and early marriage. We had a HUGE falling out when Loli was about 2 years old. And while we have managed to rebuild a civil relationship, I miss what we had once.

    Hope you feel better!

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    #4 and #5 are my favs here. Nice conversion on your BW. Would love to see a bit more (tasteful) pop in the colour one just to bring it out some more.
    Get well soon Gwen...you too GiGi!!

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    Wow Gwen. This sounds like an amazing opportunity!

    1. she looks really soft to me, so it's not my fav. The pinlights are throwing me off too.
    2. My FAV! I love how she truly looks happy. Great shot!
    3. Good, but she looks a bit fake. I think that it's just mainly the way she is holding the coffee mug.
    4. 2nd fav. I too love the light shining on her bible. Great shot!
    5. 3rd fav. I like the conversion.
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    I kinda like your "blurb" myself. But I don't have any alternative ideas either lol.

    For the portraits, #1 is really soft all-over. I can't even find where it focused, really maybe at the very bottom, on her vest? it's pretty though, darn.

    I really like #2, great capture of natural smiling/laughter! #3,4,5 are good "action" shots for what she needs them for. Great work catching those sun rays, wow!!! And I absolutely LOVE your conversion, wowowowow!!!! can you share your method?

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    She has beautiful eyes!

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    #1 also looks soft to me
    i LOVE #4 and the conversion on #5
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    I have to confess, I used an action for the conversion. I downloaded it from ILP a long time ago ... and it was created by a woman who used to post here before she left for busier boards.
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    I think they could use a tiny bit more pop. Maybe a curves layer.. s curve, set to luminosity, and reduced opacity? Also, my other CC is, the blown spots above her head are really distracting to me. The first one does look a bit soft, but could it be some haze, from the full sun?

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    I'm glad you were able to reconnect with your friend. It's nice when you're able to put the past behind you.

    1. Not a fan of this one. The sun-lit rocks in the background are too bright and her face still seems too dark. Not sure what you could do to change any of that...?
    2. I know this shows her laugh, but the softness is bothersome. Wish it was more in focus.
    3. I really her expression in this one.
    4. My favorite by far! I think the rays of sun light fit your description of her and her talks. Just a really nice photo!
    5. I like this one too. I think the BW is nice, though a little dark for my tastes.
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