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Ladybugsteph's picture
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I'd love to get some feedback on these two photos of my oldest. Our neighbor's yard had all of these white flowers growing in the very pack of their yard, so I took advantage of it, and snapped a few pics of him in them. Here are a couple of them:

1/4000 f/1.4 ISO400 50mm

1/1250 f/2.5 ISO400 50mm

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I like 2 best, although I do wish he were looking at the camera. I like the way the branches at the top frame #2 and I feel like the overall image is better-focused. It seems like maybe the focus fell on his hands or maybe a bit of the grass, not his eyes in #1 (looking at it in flickr).

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I definitely agree with your focus concern. I should have put on my 55-250mm so I could get the compression/front bokeh without opening up so much. I think the focus is on his lap.

He was so not in the mood to look at me. I'll take what I can get though Wink

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I like them both, but I think #2 is also my favorite (if I have to pick). They don't always need to be looking at you - I like how he is interacting with his environment. It tells a different story than you would get w/ eye contact.

Nice work, Stephanie!

Best,
GiGi

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Yes, I agree that the no eye contact works better in #2. You can see exactly what he's looking at and what he's doing Smile

Now, do you think that lighting has a bit of a play in why you both like #2 better? These were taken at two different angles. #1 is backlighting (well, a little bit more to the side, but still at the back), and #2 is pretty much split/side lighting with the sun off to the left of the frame. Does the directional light make that one more appealing?

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Honestly Stephanie, for me, it's composition not lighting that makes a different in which one evokes a greater emotional response between these two. In fact, here on my horrid work monitor, your pp makes the lighting look fairly similar. Color and contrast seem similar as well. So I go back to composition.

That's my $0.02 worth.

HTH,
GiGi

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Thank you! So so helpful!

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I can see the difference in lighting, and I think I like the side lighting better in this case. While I prefer the angle of #1 with the depth and surroundings (in #2 the right-hand large tree trunk is very distracting to me), I prefer #2 for what your son is doing in the photo, and the focus.

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Better, Amy? Or is the cloning job too bad?? lol

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I have to agree with GiGi's repsonse. I love number two and the fact that he's not looking at you. It does tell a story.

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I like them both, but prefer 2. What a nice colorful location! I like your second edit without the one tree too. You did an awesome job of removing it!

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Looks really good Stephanie!!! I mean a little "smoky looking" but still great. I wouldn't have had the guts to clone all that LOL

I meant to also say that I loved the pink redbud in #2! I love the other tree and the surrounding bit of branches above.

Your siggy photo is wonderful BTW!

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Yeah, I was thinking it was looking a little too obvious with the cloning. I tried again. I have a free trial of CS6 Beta right now, and tried out the patch tool. Does it look better??

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YES! I think you did a GREAT job!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Oh no! I'm not sure that's a good thing or a bad thing....because now I'll probably want to BUY CS6! LOL!!!!!

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Oh YES the 2nd cloning is much better!!! awesome! When I clone in tree/woods areas I tend to select large areas to copy rather than small, so it blends better, and then touch up with smaller sections.