Thoughts on a family pic???

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Thoughts on a family pic???

I went today to the Dallas Arboritum cause the month of August they are running a special. Only $1 a person for admission instead of the normal $9.50! It was hot as all get out and so we were only there an hour or so, but I think the kids had fun. We were on our way to the frog fountains when the kids started walking in front of me. I blew some of Matt's face and even in acr I couldn't recover everything, so I couldn't pp it the way I'd like. If these were your kids, would you like the pic? HONESTLY? My feelings won't be hurt. I think I still have a few others that I'll like.

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I think it's precious! As a total noob, here are my thoughts, though..
I want to see more color. And maybe you could just darken the background slightly so that the girl to the left stands out a taaaaad bit more. Do you have TRA? If so, I'd use ying/yang on it and maybe the magic glasses. I think I would also crop off more of the top of the photo, as well, so that the sky and that chopped tree don't show.

That's just my opinion, I could be totally off, though.. I'm still very new, as you know! Smile

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Cute shot I would definately love it if it were my kids. I'm not loving the d-sat pp on it though.

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I wrote on FB, but I just love this picture. I love the PP on it, I actually like the desaturation of the colors. It's just so sweet.

(and I have to say seeing Matty between your girls walking like that, it just makes me wish even more that Jack was a walker).

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its a really cute shot,
comp wise i wish you were a tad to the left and we could see more where the path is going

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Thanks for all the feedback ladies.

Ot's actually the creamy chocolate action Molly posted about a while back. I just upped the "creamy" layer, masked back in the kids and then decreased the b&w gradient map layer. The origional has part of Matt's shirt blown so I was trying desperately to combat that. The origional colors are pretty awesome...if I didn't blow the dang thing. If anyone wants a go at it, I'll email the converted file. Biggrin I am a member of a dfw mom's group and they flammed me for the closed ap, but I wanted to guarentee that I had all 3 kids in focus. Blah...no happy medium. I understand the thought though, a more open ap would have made it less busy.

Brandi, I WISH I could adfford TRA...I love those, but I can't. Sad So yeah, no go on the ying yang.

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"klebanik" wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback ladies.

Ot's actually the creamy chocolate action Molly posted about a while back. I just upped the "creamy" layer, masked back in the kids and then decreased the b&w gradient map layer. The origional has part of Matt's shirt blown so I was trying desperately to combat that. The origional colors are pretty awesome...if I didn't blow the dang thing. If anyone wants a go at it, I'll email the converted file. Biggrin I am a member of a dfw mom's group and they flammed me for the closed ap, but I wanted to guarentee that I had all 3 kids in focus. Blah...no happy medium. I understand the thought though, a more open ap would have made it less busy.

Brandi, I WISH I could adfford TRA...I love those, but I can't. Sad So yeah, no go on the ying yang.

I hear ya! I would have never bought them, but DH surprised me one day and got them for me. He actually plays around with them sometimes, too, but he has no clue how to use them. I have to stand over his shoulder and instruct him. Lol I can try playing around with it some if you'd like, though I'm sure I'm not as good as some of the other ladies here.

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I use that action all the time...but I actually shut off the BW completely and adjust the gradient layer to my preference. It has a neat effect.

I love the composition of the picture, but I don't love how grey it is.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

I use that action all the time...but I actually shut off the BW completely and adjust the gradient layer to my preference. It has a neat effect.

I love the composition of the picture, but I don't love how grey it is.

now, THAT would be neat to try!

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I agree about the grayness . The PP desaturates the picture too much having that old feeling. With kids I'd like it to be vibrant.

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I love the shot, capture and "moment", but not crazy about the PP. just my opinion! Smile