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Sep 12, 2012 08:49 |  #1

I put several of these on the Senior thread but would appreciate your feedback here.

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Sep 12, 2012 09:34 |  #2

Nice, well exposed shots.

1. I do not like the shadows on her arm and the foliage in front of her.
2. Would be miles better if the fencing was not in the focal plane.... or not there at all


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Sep 12, 2012 10:01 |  #3

I agree with all the above points and I'd also add that I like the poses. The hair bothers me a bit in #1 though. Although she has some flyaway hair in #2, it doesn't bother me (and I particularly like the way the sun has backlit it) because of her casual dress and appearance, but as #1 is a more elegant shot, I think the hair could've used a bit of a brush. Maybe try a bit of cloning to tidy it up?

Both nice though.


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Sep 12, 2012 11:34 |  #4

Flash seems hot...




  
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Sep 12, 2012 11:45 |  #5

I will reduce the saturation just a bit.


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Sep 12, 2012 22:01 |  #6
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#1 The shadows or OOF near plants on her shoulders bother me. Other than that, it's a great shot although I find it a little odd that her head is turned 90 degrees. Seems a little too much.
#2 I can't stand the fence. To me it doesn't look good at all. Excepting the fence, the pose and lighting is nice.


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Sep 12, 2012 23:11 |  #7

I agree with goldboughtrue about the plant/shadow on her torso, but, I like the turned head. Almost makes me think she was walking through the field/woods/whatever, and someone called to her, and she turned to look and found a friend.

#2, I actually like the fence. Can't really explain why, but like it gives the BG a pattern or something.

And for both shots, as above, great lighting and exposure, and overall great shots, IMO. If I had to nit #2, the position of her left foot - I think would have been better to have it tucked under her butt, but that's really looking for something to complain about.

And just curious, where are you that you have solidago growing wild like that?


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Sep 12, 2012 23:19 |  #8

#1 I love everything about this one just the way it is, including the slightly disheveled hair. :cool:

#2 Flash does seem a little hot on this one, but I like it overall. I even like the fencing... it's "different" and I don't find it distracting in the least. I like different. :D


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Sep 12, 2012 23:27 |  #9

number 1 works for me in the same way, nice smile. I'm with the other guys and kind of wish the bokeh wasn't in front of her shoulder. Love the eyes though, they really pop

number 2 the fence... I'm on the fence about the fence. It kind of detracts attention from the overexposed sky, which is a good thing. if her foot was tucked she would look too much like she was crouching imo. I would have liked her head fully within the trees and the flash seems a little hot on this one.

I do like both shots though, great color! good work :cool:


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Sep 12, 2012 23:30 as a reply to  @ gen2roller's post |  #10

Good point about the foot and looking crouched. A long long time ago, I was told to not let the feet be in the foreground, as it makes them look bigger. It's become a thing with me when I shoot, but in this case, after careful consideration ( :rolleyes: :lol:) maybe this is the best place for her foot. :)


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Sep 13, 2012 12:31 as a reply to  @ KirkS518's post |  #11

I like both. The fact she does not look posed and more herself really makes it for me.
I really don't care for forced smile. Good job


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Sep 13, 2012 12:46 as a reply to  @ QuigsJr's post |  #12

Thank you everyone for your comments!
- To clarify, and some of you figured it out, the shoulder "shadows" are a foreground plant that didn't get lit. I could probably do some careful cloning but don't think it's worth it :)
- I understand the fence comments (against) but it really doesn't bother me, or Laura, she loves this photo!
- I already repaired much of the flyaway hair :) Considered removing more but worried about it starting to look helmet-like. I guess I could try it and see what I think.
- The flash was a bit hot on both of these. Apparently I did a better job adjusting the first. Can take another go at the other.
- As to the solidago growing wild (commonly Goldenrod) I am in MN and it's everywhere!

Thanks for your time, I really do appreciate it!


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Sep 13, 2012 17:32 |  #13

I know what you mean about the 'flyaway hair' Mike. I seem to have a blind spot when it comes to that on portrait shoots... the amount of cloning I've had to do... and continue to do - has made me paranoid about flyaway hair! :)


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