Photography is my stress reliever! (CC Please)

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Photography is my stress reliever! (CC Please)

Boy, I tell ya, any time I'm feeling a lot of stress, or I'm in a bad mood, all I have to do is get my camera out. I was having a rough afternoon yesterday, so instead of sitting around the house stewing about my "problems", I loaded up the kids and went to the trails for some pictures. In the blink of an eye, I was instantly in a better mood. It's amazing how something like this can do so much for me.

Anyway, I'd really like some CC on these. I was going for a deep/rich look to them. I've been experimenting lately with different lighting, and I'm always drawn back to the deep tones as opposed to strong backlighting (which is what I've been doing the most of lately).

CC away on anything you'd like. I'll add specifics on a couple. If you want settings, just let me know.

#1

#2

#3

#4
I'm not sure what happened here. I focused right on his face, but he looks OOF to me.

#5
Probably should clone that piece of stick/weed from his back, huh?

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I think these are great. Seriously, your photos are kicking butt lately! DYING for that lens, or at least one that I can get full body shots crisp!
My favs are 1, 3, & 5. Yes, clone out the weed. I love how on one my eyes go straight to him. Usually leading lines like that don't work, but to me- this one does! Smile

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Thanks!

I think that on #1, it works well, because he stands out well with his white shirt. These are about the only type of photos I can get out of Jackson right now, since he is at that age where he just completely ignores me when the camera is up to my face. That's one thing I miss about my p&s; Being able to keep my head away from the camera and interacting with them.

You should definitely at least ask for the 50mm 1.8 for Christmas. I feel like a whole new world opened up to me. A lot of these shots would have been impossible without the lower AP.

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Thanks!

You should definitely at least ask for the 50mm 1.8 for Christmas. I feel like a whole new world opened up to me. A lot of these shots would have been impossible without the lower AP.

I have the 1.8. It doesn't work well with full body shots at all..... :confused:

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I love all of these. Especially the rich goldness of the backgrounds, and the bokeh. And the "crispness" of the boys. I too have the 1.8 but I'll have to look back and see if I've used it on many full-body shots--I don't think I've tried that too much with it. Oh but I do know my siggy pic was with the 1.8....so that's a little over 1/2 body shot LOL Experiment time! Smile

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I have found that with the 50mm, I've been taking a lot more fully body shots, because I can't zoom, and the kids are fast. And any time I try to get close for a head shot with Carson, he won't look at me. Probably because it makes him feel uncomfortable. I do really like my 55-250, but I just can't use it in lower light situations like I can the 50.

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BTW I can't believe Carson is not quite 4 yet--he looks older! Smile

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I know, right!? That kid has always looked older than he actually is. At Jackson's age, he looked like a little kid. Jackson still looks like a baby to me. I'm always having to remind myself that Carson is still very young when he's acting like a 3 year old, because I look at him and my mind tricks me into thinking that he's older.

And man, I swear I'm going to keep saying that he's 3 all the way up until the day he turns 4. I'm so not looking forward to him turning 4 Sad 3 didn't bother me, but 4 is.

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I love the location. These are so dreamy too.

I totally understand the camera being a way to relax, it was always a welcome distraction for me. A way to forget about everything else going on in my life.

The colours in these shots are so amazing too.

Cazz

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The colours and DoF are so gorgeous in these! #1 is so sweet, I love stuff like that (and I hear you about that age being tough as they never want to look at you when you have the camera)! #2 is really nice. #3 is an adorable expression! So cute! #4 does look OOF to me too, though it's a great shot compositionally and colour wise! #5, yeah, clone out the one stick I think, but I like his stance and the composition a lot!

"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

And man, I swear I'm going to keep saying that he's 3 all the way up until the day he turns 4. I'm so not looking forward to him turning 4 Sad 3 didn't bother me, but 4 is.

4 didn't bother me with DD, but I'm dreading 5 already. I'm not really able to wrap my head around her turning 5 and being school-aged. Sad It's tough watching them grow up, isn't it?

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Thanks for the comments, Tracy! And I am so disappointed with #4 because of the out of focus-ness. I'm not exactly sure what happened there. I thought that one was going to be the strongest of the set, until I uploaded it.

I'm not sure why 4 is bothering me so much. I agree that it should be 5 that bothers me, but for some reason, this birthday is bugging me. Maybe it's because of it being the whole "preschooler" age?