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May 13, 2012 19:01 |  #1

Hi, I'd like to get some c&c on these two pics I took of my little brother and his GF before prom yesterday! :D Thanks!

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May 13, 2012 21:29 |  #2

Outside of perhaps blurring the background more, they look pretty good. Handsome couple.


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May 13, 2012 21:43 as a reply to  @ Madjackdog's post |  #3

I would have left the tree out. It adds nothing and detracts from the couple. Nice otherwise!


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May 13, 2012 21:44 |  #4

I find the tree a distraction in the first shot....second shot there is more of a gap which is better


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May 13, 2012 22:06 |  #5

my eye definitely goes to the bottom right of both frames due to the dof. The subjects are well captured and exposed nicely. The background is so bright and somewhat overexposed that it does not do the the light on their faces justice. I see why you chose the background for it's elements but at this time of day it is hard to tone the full sun down.




  
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May 14, 2012 16:13 as a reply to  @ StaticMedia's post |  #6

Thanks, all. Definitely NOT ideal circumstances. I had grand illusions before of posing them, etc, but it all flew out the window. We were very limited on time, as they had a 5:00 reservation for dinner, and it was after 4 when we got to the park. The two I originally posted, her dad was holding the translucent disc from my reflector set, which helped a lot. Here's one where he WASN'T holding it:

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May 14, 2012 20:36 |  #7

Nice example of why a shade disk is so handy.

Another strategy for this light could have been to put their backs to the sun and then expose for their faces. That eliminates them from squinting, too.


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May 14, 2012 20:45 |  #8

cpam.pix wrote in post #14432221 (external link)
Nice example of why a shade disk is so handy.

Another strategy for this light could have been to put their backs to the sun and then expose for their faces. That eliminates them from squinting, too.

I know it looks as though she is squinting, but that's just what happens when she smiles :cool: Her eyes look the same in the shots I took indoors.


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May 14, 2012 21:46 |  #9

had you moved them closer too you the street below would have disappeared...


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May 14, 2012 21:52 as a reply to  @ stanclark's post |  #10

^ They'd have been in full sunlight if I'd done that :confused:


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May 14, 2012 22:08 |  #11

ok....Then you did the right thing....you can always bring the river a little closer..... :lol:


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May 15, 2012 02:04 |  #12

While the scrim helped a bunch I think a flash to balance the BG a bit more would have helped. They have a pasted on look to me.


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May 15, 2012 07:29 |  #13

Titus213 wrote in post #14433524 (external link)
While the scrim helped a bunch I think a flash to balance the BG a bit more would have helped. They have a pasted on look to me.

I did use flash...granted, 430EX on-camera. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't have the luxury of setting things up, and was pretty much scrambling to get what I have :oops:


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May 15, 2012 12:47 |  #14

swinette wrote in post #14434138 (external link)
I did use flash...granted, 430EX on-camera. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't have the luxury of setting things up, and was pretty much scrambling to get what I have :oops:

Then the pertinent part of my comment was balance. I think your flash is a bit brighter than it should be. Meter the BG, set the flash to just below that and adjust FEC from there.


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May 15, 2012 12:49 |  #15

Titus213 wrote in post #14435470 (external link)
Then the pertinent part of my comment was balance. I think your flash is a bit brighter than it should be. Meter the BG, set the flash to just below that and adjust FEC from there.

Noted, thanks!


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