Sunset and more limb chopping

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Sunset and more limb chopping

I took my kids out for my annual Mother's Day pictures last night (a day late, it was too cold on Sunday). The sun was setting and I'm loving the warm look on the photos. But I'm struggling with the WB to some degree - I can't use the whites of the eyes, as that's making the photo way too cool. They were taken at sunset, and I want the colors of the photos to show that.

So this is my first photo from the set. Only edit has been in ACR. I adore this photo, because normally Andrew wants nothing to do with Natalie. These two kids are alike in personality, and so I love having this photo. But I'm annoyed at the limb chop. (I chopped feet in several other photos - was hard to focus on everything when Jack wanted nothing to do with a group picture).

I will be probably start a new thread with others from the set when I'm done editing them all. It's time to get the kids ready for bed now. But I wanted to post this one to get a feeling on the color and on the stupid limb chop. It's not like I'm blowing this particular one to an 8x10 or anything, but I'm wondering if I should crop it differently. ??

May102010_0125
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 32 mm
ISO Speed: 200

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Gwen - it looks great! Don't mind the limb chop at all Smile Color looks good to me too

Can't wait to see the rest!

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Gwen,

It's a really nice shot and the limb chop doesn't play into it at all (imho). My attention was immediately drawn to their faces. So I call this one a keeper, Mom. Smile

Enjoy it for what it is. Not every photo has to adhere to every rule. Sometimes the moment takes over and I think this is one of those times!

Can't wait to see the rest!

GiGi

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I love it just the way it is!

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I agree with the others, it's a great photo! The limb chop doesn't bother me at all. The first thing I notice are those two adorable faces!!!

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I think it's a wonderful shot! I wouldn't have a problem framing it. Limb cop doesn't bother me at all. Their expressions are the draw of the picture.

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I could have sworn I already replied to this one. The limb chop doesn't bother me. They usually don't. Wink LOVE it!

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Gwen,

I always thought that limb chops are okay if they aren't done at a joint. These are both in the middle of the forearm (or could be if you crop just a bit higher). I don't think this is considered a "bad" limb chop at all. Definitely doesn't detract from the photo.

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Oh I thought I read it was good to crop at joints if a crop is needed or if you're doing it in-camera? Maybe I'm wrong.

In this photo though I think it's great because any further back and we might lose the intimacy of their happy faces and embrace Smile (BTW I love that she's grasping his hand that is around her)

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Oh I thought I read it was good to crop at joints if a crop is needed or if you're doing it in-camera? Maybe I'm wrong.

In this photo though I think it's great because any further back and we might lose the intimacy of their happy faces and embrace Smile (BTW I love that she's grasping his hand that is around her)

The reason not to crop at a joint is because it gives an amputated look.

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OK thanks!

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

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(BTW I love that she's grasping his hand that is around her)

That's my favorite part too! It's just SO sweet and I'm sure they are like that ALL the time with eachother!!!