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Jul 17, 2012 21:08 |  #1

Hi guys i did a session with a couple and their son, what do you guys think

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Jul 17, 2012 21:14 |  #2

looks good


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Jul 17, 2012 21:17 as a reply to  @ stanclark's post |  #3

Nice shots, of the two I like the B&W best


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Jul 17, 2012 22:54 |  #4

My only comments are on the posing. The color doesn't sway me one way or the other for these shots.

I prefer the pose in the second shot. The women looks quite uncomfortable in the first and he head is tilted away from the rest of the family. I don't get a good "family/togetherness" feel on it. Her arm pose in the color shot offers a leading line to pull the family together. This leading line is supported by the angle of her legs...also pulling the group together.

After looking at it some more, the B&W is too straight-on to her. I like the oblique angle much better.

The interplay between the hats is good in the color shot, too. The brims of the hat "connect" in a nice arc that brings them together, too.


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Jul 18, 2012 12:44 as a reply to  @ cpam.pix's post |  #5

Second for me, the B&W loses details in the whites, and I like the expressions in the second best.


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Jul 18, 2012 13:04 |  #6

Take the 2nd one and process it the same as #1 (ease up on the whites) and you would have my winner...nice job on the lighting under the hat visors.




  
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Jul 19, 2012 22:50 as a reply to  @ Spike44's post |  #7

In B&W photos you have to balance, create conflict, rhythm, harmonize with just values because color does not exist. To satisfy those composition principles is more difficult in B&W, if you squint, you will notice that there is no guide lines to convey the eyes to a definite focus. In the color photo, the color harmonizes immediately and there is no doubt for the eye to find the point of interest.


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Jul 20, 2012 02:15 |  #8

Pepe Guitarra wrote in post #14742708 (external link)
In B&W photos you have to balance, create conflict, rhythm, harmonize with just values because color does not exist. To satisfy those composition principles is more difficult in B&W, if you squint, you will notice that there is no guide lines to convey the eyes to a definite focus. In the color photo, the color harmonizes immediately and there is no doubt for the eye to find the point of interest.

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I think Spike has the right idea.


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Jul 21, 2012 00:48 |  #9

Both pretty nice but I think the color is better. #2 has great color, good smiles, and good camera contact.


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Jul 21, 2012 00:58 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #10

I'm going to disagree and like the first shot better...I like the slightly coy look on the lady's face, it looks playful and sly.

I also like the B&W look...The vignetting(whether natural or PP) is quite pleasing...But the whites are a bit overdone.

Overall a very good job!


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Jul 21, 2012 09:50 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #11

Sorry, I am a painter and just beginning to be a photographer.:)


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Jul 21, 2012 10:47 |  #12

I like the b&w the best but both are pretty good. I wish that the mom was looking like she actually was happy.


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Jul 21, 2012 15:24 |  #13

The colour one for me


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Jul 22, 2012 15:17 |  #14

Thanks everyone, i kept fighting with her to give me a smile and thats what she gave me.. she said she didn't like her teeth -__- and well the kid was not having a good day haha


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Jul 23, 2012 08:19 |  #15

both shots are great!



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