Went for a walk today...(cc welcome)

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Went for a walk today...(cc welcome)

CC is always welcome for me so CC away! Only way I'll learn. Smile

Anyway, went for a walk today instead of taking the car. Blum 3 Stopped by the playground, took some pics but oh my gosh...full sun even in the fall sucks. And it's worse for us in the fall because the sun isn't right above us when it's at its highest. It's more on the side if you know what I mean. It was a nightmare. I'll have to go back when the sun isn't so harsh. I only got a few pictures that I am sorta satisfied with. Mommy goggles on of course. Blum 3 I love them! And Jeanette is getting to that point where she will no longer look at the camera Sad Or makes faces. :rolleyes: Oh how I wish I had a more willing subject. Smile

found a blue door to take a few pictures in front of. see the harsh shadows? Oh it was horrible Sad
ISO 100
f 3.5
SS 1/1250

She was facing the wrong way Sad but if she had been facing the other way she would have been really squinting. There were no trees anywhere to be under some shade. Oh well! I played around in PS with the brush to get rid of the bit of blown areas on her jacket. I tried my best to do most of the PPing in ACR.
I don't know what I was doing. I increased aperture and decreased SS for some reason.
ISO 100
f 6.3
SS 1/250
And i used my flash? lol I guess I wanted to get rid of the shadow. oh well!

would this one be called back lighting? it's so hard no to blow the hair, etc. and question...in photography is it a big no-no to blow certain spots? I don't know how to get around that. I wish her eyes were brighter but I didn't want to play around too much with this picture.
ISO 100
f 3.2
SS 1/320

And my sunburst Smile this one came out good i think Blum 3
ISO 100
f 16
SS 1/50

tfl!

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#1- Wish she was looking in a different direction. It just seems off.
#2- cute snap. Not fond of the shadow though.
#3- I like this one, even with the blown spots. It is hard to not blow them when the sun is like that. Colors look great and so does her eyes.
#4- Neat sunburst! Love how it's in the trees!

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thanks Smile i'm not really diggin the first two either .. it was just bad light and she wasn't cooperating. oh well! Smile i'll go back there again soon I think. Maybe at a different time. I don't now how I'll ever handle shooting in full sun. Gotta read more about it I guess.

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The third one is my favorite. As far as blowing things like hair, here is my opinion from what I've read. When backlighting it is sometimes impossible to not blow the wispy top part of the hair. I think that it actually looks good this way. Usually you can recover it in ACR (if you underexpose your subjects face a bit) so that it is not technically blown and will print well but still it will look "blown". The most important thing is to get nice lighting on the part of the person that is facing the camera. Harsh shadows and blown spots don't look good on faces.

As far as portions of the background, sometimes it is unavoidable though try to avoid bright spots in the b/g if possible. Ideally you want the blown section to not be so distracting that it draws your eye away from the subject. I have found that I have a few photos that have blown background spots because of dappled light and whatnot. They are still great pictures and captured great moments but I wouldn't use them in a portfolio to show my photog skills. It kind of depends upon the intended use whether something is "okay".

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These locations are great Loida. I am so happy you are finding a bunch of picture perfect locations. Yeah, full sun is the devil... lol.

My favorite is #3, she is so adorable. I've tried back lighting and it's hard not to blow anything. I think here you did really well. The sunburst is very nice.

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thanks gals! Smile i am going to practice more with the whole back lighting thing. I think I like it! I have a couple more like #3 that I'll try to edit. I am loving discovering little areas to take pictures in. But it is frustrating because I don't know how well the light is at different times of day. Gotta go walk more! Blum 3

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here is another like #3

I am liking this backlighting thing! Smile can't wait to try more!

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I don't know of a backlit image that isn't blown somewhat. And that's OK if you blow some. It's OK if there is a shadow.

I think #1 is good, even with the shadow. I think it could benefit from some creative processing, maybe even some b&w. And if we saw what she was looking at, that would add interest. Can you try a landscape (horizontal) crop on it?

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thanks Smile unfortunately I didn't get much of the right side. #1 is pretty close to sooc...(i didn't crop much). I'll have to try again another day Biggrin I think the best time to go take pictures is probably in the mornings here (on days where the sun shines....and it isn't very many) ... been reading up on times of day its best to take pictures in. I'm going to have to get up a bit earlier and go for walks in the morning Blum 3

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here is one more. How is this one Stacey? Smile

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I love how you're working with that lighting! That much sun usually scares me. Lol

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oh i know! i don't know why i am always challenging myself. maybe i want to get through all the hard stuff first? Blum 3 i honestly can't wait to practice on an adult. guess I could use DH but he is never here Sad and he doesn't like to pose to much either lol here is another just cuz. i love the way the sky turned out here. this is almost sooc too. I just fixed some blown spots on her jacket with the brush in acr (LOVE that brush!!) and cropped it in PS. she was pointing at a plane in the sky Blum 3

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good for you for getting out there! I like the blue wall ... and I think you have a great idea about going in the morning. if you can go near sunset, that would be cool too. I like playing with backlighting, but have been cautious with it at the same time. I love your capture. and your sunburst is great! love the last picture, I'm with you, I think the blue sky is great.