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Three new ones for CC plus blog link

First, I finally got my blog up and running this afternoon. Still fine tuning it, but did share the same three pictures as below on the blog. Wink Here's the link if you want to check it out - http://flashbulbspurpleirises.wordpress.com

I took some pictures today that I'd love some feedback on.

First, this is a cicada shell attached to one of our trees. I really wish I had a zoom lens. I took it with the 30mm but couldn't get any closer to focus on the details. I did try to get a couple of shots from the side, but the camera refused to focus on the shell, it just wanted to focus on the tree itself or stuff behind the cicada. I guess I could have manually forced the focus points, but I didn't think of that.

Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 200

cicada shell

Second, I wanted to capture Jack while he was exploring his room. I didn't open the curtains (as it was right before his nap and I didn't want to mess with the curtains and the shade) so I had to use flash. I usually don't use flash, but am finally comfortable using manual settings with the flash. I tried fixing the WB in PP, but I didn't shoot in RAW so had to rely on PSE to try to get it right. And of course, there's the "dreaded" pinlights. Oh, well.

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 400

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Lastly, Jack and his tongue. He seems to stick it out when he's happy. I just think this is a cute photo. I should crop it to get the outlet in the background out. Didn't mess with a crop when I was PPing it.

Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 800

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1) I think the way you captured it, is probably the best way anyways. I don't know what it would look like from the side. I like this pic.
2) What is it with yellow rooms and shadows? I hate taking pics in my dining room. He's such a handsome little man!
3) I like the idea of this pic. Maybe cropping out the outlet might help, but all and all, I think it's a cute pic too.

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Gwen ...

For #1 ... i think closer would have been better. I almost would like to see this in a portrait orientation as well.

#2... seeing Jack explore his room is really sweet. I don't even mind the shadow or yellow cast to things ... it just lends to the mood of the shot. Looks like focus fell on his hands though and at such a wide open ap, his face looks slightly oof to me.

#3 ... this is my favorite of this set. I like the crop you used in your sig and think it works really well w/ out the outlet. LOVE the tongue and great eye contact. Would have been cool to have a pic of him looking at his reflection in the mirror too, I think.

TFS!
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GiGi - you're right about the focus on the second, I can't believe I didn't notice that yesterday! can't get a reflection shot until I clean that mirror first. WinkROFL I took the photo below for kicks, now I can show you the gross mirror from the busy boy.

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GiGi, here's a side view ... but the shell is OOF

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