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    Default Sibling session with the truck too (CC welcome)

    I'm finally sharing pictures from the session I had last Monday by that old truck. Here's the link to the session I had with the little girl for her four year portaits. http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa....php?p=7881760 Her brother turned 6 two weeks later, so I wanted to do his 6 year portaits by the truck, in addition to sibling pictures by this neat stone wall that was around the corner.

    Here's what the sky looked like when we set out for the location, just a gorgeous day!

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    I wish I had taken a picture of what I saw when I got there ... an Izuzu Trooper was parked about 3 feet from the bumper of the truck. There was NO WAY I could get the photos I needed with the truck there. So I went into the junkyard office to ask if they could move it. While walking there, a piece of metal embedded itself through my flipflop. Crazy! I'm glad it didn't draw blood, but it was sharp! Anyhow, the woman at the desk made a call, and the truck owner came out. He was annoyed, and seemed like he was going to wait there for me to be done, but then he realized I was taking more than 1 picture so he just moved his car and left. Whew!

    Okay, I'm sharing a lot ... and there's a lot I'm not sharing. But I wanted to give you a sense of the session, and there was a variety of things going on (with the different kids, truck, and wall). I hope to go back there for more sessions, so any CC on comp would be great. I processed most of the wall photos with a sunshine action (but then heavily reduced the opacity). With the truck, I did some color popping, but nothing extreme.

    Novel over, here's the photos!

    1. First pose, there wasn't much of a floor in the truck, but he was a good sport about hanging on to the wheel for me.

    Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 28 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    2. Quick shot of little sister standing by the truck ... I cropped her down to isolate her sweet face (the uncropped is on my Flickr, as well as plenty more from the session)

    Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 47 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    3. Normally, I apply my tilts in crops during processing. This was a rare moment when I tilted the camera. yeah, he looks like he's siding off the truck ... here I also applied texture and removed the pole that's to our right (and that was quite the feat!).

    Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture: f/5.0
    Focal Length: 28 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    4. What the girls were doing while I was working

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    5. I have several close ups of him ... his poor mom had a tough time choosing what to order!!! Do you prefer landscape or portrait crop? And there's a cast from his shirt on his nose and chin. I'm not sure of the best way to remove that in post processing. Any ideas?

    Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture: f/5.0
    Focal Length: 51 mm
    ISO Speed: 100

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    6. My absolute favorite of the set. I just adore this!

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    7. Looking at the camera ... it was starting to get brighter out, so I feel like they're squinting some here.

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    8. I took several of Natalie and Ellen (as they're BFFs) ... I don't know what's going on here but it cracked me up!

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 28 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    9. The two girls again

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 66 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    10. I had done a collage for Ellen so I wanted to do one for Todd too

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    11. I think Jack's at the age where he's hard to keep still to photograph ...

    Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 42 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    12. But how cute is his shirt?!

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    13. Jack on the truck - this one has texture, and I'm wondering if the contrast is too much?

    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/3.2
    Focal Length: 37 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


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    14. I just love how cute he is ... Mommy Goggles anyone?

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    Okay, I totally overloaded you with photos. I couldn't help myself!!!!!!!!
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    It is late and I should be in bed, so I will come back later to CC... just wanted to say I think you got some great shots!
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    I've been WAITING for these, Gwen, and you did NOT disappoint! WOW!

    1. This is REALLY great, but you might think about some kind of texture treatment for it. Whatever that is in the background behind the steering wheel draws the eye a bit. You could try burning it or maybe trying to clone it out (I suck at that), but I'm thinking a nice grungy texture might mask it enough to keep it out of focus.

    2. She is a SWEET thing, isn't she?! Love the soft look of her blouse and the flower w/ the rough textures of the rusted truck behind her. VERY NICE. She's looking a bit yellow to me, but I *am* at work, so take that w/ a grain of salt.

    3. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I like the tilt here (& I'm not usually a fan of that). The texture is cool and while I can guess where the pole would have been, it's not obvious. I wish he had a bit more light in his eyes. But that is tricky in full sun. You might try getting below him in the future so that his eyes aren't so closed up.

    4. too fun! girls are amazing! 2 boys unattended would likely have been on a tear!

    5. I can see why mom had a hard time choosing. They have totally different feels to them and both are pretty awesome. I guess it would depend on Mom's purpose. My guess is most mom's would choose the portrait crop as it's zoomed in more on that adorable face. But I think that I personaly like the landscape. (I'm no help - sorry)

    6. Were these my kids, I'd have this one BIG!!! Very sweet shot, Gwen! The tilt works really well here and the expressions you caught are PERFECT. LOVE IT!

    7. AWWWW. Brother looks like he's squinting, but sister does not. Got any shots you could try a head/face swap with? This is SO CLOSE to being a canvas-worthy shot? Dang sun!

    8. AWWWW. They're too fun. did you do something different in post? It has an edgier feel to it.

    9. Hope you are planning a scrapbook page for this one. It's BEYOND awesome!!!!! And that is ONE COOL LOCATION!

    10. I lke the collage, but his face seems cooler in these than in the other shots you've shared in this set. Again, I'm at work, so take that for what it's worth.

    11. For a boy on the move, this is a great shot! Love the way the sun in shining on his hair.

    12. That's an ADORABLE shirt! Looks like a workin' man.

    13. contrast is NOT too much!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

    14. OMG! This is my favorite of Jack. I had a QUICK play on it. It's in a private, password protected album, but I can take it down if you like.


    15. This one too ... WOW! LOVE THAT BOY! He's at such a fun age. I don't know how you don't follow him around all day w/ your camera.

    I'm so glad you 'over loaded' us! Keep on doing it!

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    GiGi - thanks! and if you look at my project 365 on my blog, you'll see more of Jack than anyone. I really love your play on that photo. I actually got that one (my version) printed as well as the one with the texture and both came out so cool! The mom already got hers printed, and I saw them today at the bus stop. I sure wish she had gone bigger than 8x10, especially of the ones of the two kids, but oh, well. seeing the prints makes me wish I had done more sharpening for print though. lesson learned. but she's SUPER HAPPY and that's what matters most. as far as Todd's collage, I actually copied the photos directly so there should be no difference in WB temp - maybe they just look cooler on the white? dunno. oh, and the mom chose the portrait crop (there were about 4 pictures like this, all with different expressions, for her to choose from, as well as the portrait vs. landscape). to answer your question about head swaps on the pair, that was the best one of him so no dice on swapping. I did consider it but the alternatives were all pretty close to this one.

    oh, and get this ... behind the steering wheel in the first one is a good ole junkyard dog house. the junk yard had a dog ... a terrier! ha ha ha ha I stepped around it when I went to the office about having the truck moved. it was a mangy terrier so I guess that works for a junkyard dog. I like the first photo so maybe I will try the texture on it.

    here's a similar one where I did apply texture, just not zoomed as close (and you don't see the doghouse)

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    Hey Gwen, I thik these are great. I have seen a lot of great trucks and stuff like that around here, but I am so afraid of stirring up rattlesnakes tht I haven't ventured close!

    #1 I really like this one for his expression, but I like the other one you posted (portrait) a little better
    #2 Sweet one, I don't like the thing behind her head on the left, but it is still a cute shot
    #3 looks a little cool, but i love it and the tilt works on this one
    #4 they are having so much fun
    #5 lovely, every mom looks for this picture and you did it very well
    #6 WOW, such a great moment...
    #7 Even with squinty eyes on boy, I would think mo would want this BIG! (too bad there wasn't a third, it would be a great storyboard)
    #8 Def a keeper
    #9 This also seems cool to me, but something to save for them when they are older for sure!
    #10 I would have tried to put the two "smiling" pics diagonal from each other
    #11 Jack is so cute! He is getting so big too...
    #12 Love the shirt
    #13 The heavy contrast might work out well in black and white too
    #14 a favorite, he is so cute
    #15 Such a cute expression
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    The truck!!! No wonder Mom was so happy, you did a great job!

    Do I still have to put the JSO disclaimer about CC? I just don't feel qualified to give good CC when I hardly can catch the things others do in CC. But, I'm trying!!

    1 - I like the comp of the newer one you posted, but his facial expression in the first.

    2 - Love her expression in this shot. She's just too cute.

    3 - Not diggin the tilt on this one (but that's just me not a fan of tilting)

    4 - Looks like the girls kept themselves occupied!

    5 - I like the landscape crop. Can't explain why yet, but I do

    6 - ADORABLE!!

    7 - I can tell the boy is squinting a bit more than the girl, but I still like the shot. They do seem a bit stiff in their pose, though.

    8 - LOL!! Natalie just looks like she has so much personality!!

    9 - Cute, but I wish Natalie was a bit more in focus.

    10 - Great collage.

    11 - 14 Jack is just adorable! Love the ones with his fingers in his mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffininer View Post
    9 - Cute, but I wish Natalie was a bit more in focus.
    you and me both! I have a whole series of these, and Natalie is OOF in all of them! ugh. I did a high pass filter on just her face to bring her a little more in focus, but there's only so much I could do.

    and you don't need a disclaimer. I appreciate your CC as much as everyone else's here. we all have eyes for different things, technical or just appeal based, and I'll take your perspective any day!
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