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Oct 31, 2014 10:27 |  #1

Hello friends! Please c&c on this beach maternity session. I was going for a soft bright look :)

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Oct 31, 2014 11:14 |  #2

#1 is the sharpest of the three. I would have squatted down so the horizon didn't intersect with the subject's head.

#2 is beautiful from a composition stand-point, but it is quite soft and the sky is pretty blown-out and the highlights on the water are pretty hot.

To me, #3 would have been better if she was a bit further from the water and you stood a bit taller looking down. Again, there is an intersection (the water and sand) in her head. It is also quite soft and the same problems with the sky and water are present.

They all look like they were shot at high noon on a very clear, bright day. They look like they were shot with a really narrow aperture (maybe around f8?) because of the brightness. These same shots at sunset and f2.8 or larger would have been very, very good IMHO, especially #2.

They are really pretty and the girl is beautiful so I don't mean to downgrade the shoot. I bet the average consumer would be pretty pleased with them.




  
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Oct 31, 2014 16:31 |  #3

Randizzle beat me to it but already stated my opinion very well...I'm more a fan of good strong colors but I have seen the "faded" look that is really nice sometimes...these would look much better "bright and vibrant" in my opinion...especially #1 (the horizon and tree in background are things to look for in the future). Hope this helps.




  
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Oct 31, 2014 19:57 |  #4

I know you said that you were going for a soft bright look, but these images have the sky blown out. It's a very plain sky, but I still think it would be better properly exposed. I don't know what you are using to process your images, but I brought the last two images up under ACR so you could see the areas that are too hot.

On #1, I don't know why you dedicated such a large portion of your first image to a bright, uninteresting sky, but I think reducing it would help the image. Sometimes dead space adds interest to an image, but I don't think it does in this case.


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Oct 31, 2014 20:01 |  #5

While in ACR, I applied a ND filter to reduce the blown out areas. I know you were looking for a brighter image, but I don't think it works for these images. I think something like this works better for these images, but that's just my opinion. I like these two shots a lot, even though I don't like the high-key processing.


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