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Oct 04, 2009 19:23 |  #241

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Good morning Scott - Are you available today?

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Tiger - thanks for posting -- this is a great shot. Love the color and certainly a lot going on here. I am out there shooting a lot of black and white now - but truly love color - this is an example of lots of interesting colors from the sky to ground etc --- the beauty of the land is brought out with dramatic effect.
In my quest of improving things - I am always looking at even images that I think are my best - and asking myself how I can improve or what will make them even a slight bit better-- this is why people hire us to shoot wedding for them, or buy our sports or landscape prints. Your image is well done - but after looking at it I immediately asked how could it be improved. On thing I could do was to pull it down on my computer screen cropping just above the bottom fence line -- to me that might work if you are ok with having the cattle so close to the edge of the frame -- maybe if you cropped the bottom-- because for me the fence line limits it a little then offer more sky (I have to admit I am a sky fanatic) -- just a few thoughts --
Great work! Keep on shooting - would love to see more of your work.


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Oct 04, 2009 19:28 |  #242

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Senior portrait, client loves it. Let er rip.

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Eric - Howdy!
This is a cute and fun senior photo --- I think it works well for the location - the textures work well together -- the colors work to work against each other well - the shapes work -- my only question is on your clients pose - and it looks like she is slouching a tad -- The leg pose is interesting but might not put her at her best - this is hard to tell without other comparison shots. The slouching is alway something I am trying to get even my most comfortable wedding clients to improve -- I simply tell them to sit up a little straighter for me - or lean forward - chin up - etc -- overall this is a great shot - but maybe a minor lean or straighten and it could be killer.


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Oct 04, 2009 19:29 |  #243

Here are some youth football pics from yesterday...overcast morning with 200mm f/2.8L

http://www.flickr.com …/13856117@N08/3​978750105/ (external link)

http://www.flickr.com …/13856117@N08/3​979511264/ (external link)

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Oct 04, 2009 19:35 |  #244

delmama wrote in post #8747996 (external link)
ok have a go at this one, im no pro but im learning!

delmama - baby feet are always super cute - this is an example of how these cute little feet are the photo. I have a hard time saying something other than good things about precious baby feet - but let me offer a few tips.
For me if I remove the feet I really do not know what I have - not quite sure what else is here-- where is it -- does it support the feet in this photo - not sure it does. Honestly I am not sure what is really happening other than the baby feet - the rest is a little up in the air for me.
So while I love babies and baby feet -- I am not sure this photo works well -- I think the black and white is perfect - and draws the attention to the feet well -- the rest of it may not work for me. For example I shot some moss on a log this weekend (long story) but the angle I shot it at - well simply did not work - I knew what was happening and what I wanted to say but I was so excited about the moment that I neglected to get the perspective so others could also be as interested as I was.
You have the right components but not sure they work well together -- so keep on shooting and experimenting.


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Oct 04, 2009 19:39 |  #245

kelleystar27 wrote in post #8760353 (external link)
Here are some youth football pics from yesterday...overcast morning with 200mm f/2.8L

http://www.flickr.com …/13856117@N08/3​978750105/ (external link)

http://www.flickr.com …/13856117@N08/3​979511264/ (external link)

THANKS!

Kelley -- first of all you are cheating! :) only joking -- but I LOVE the 200 2.8-- it seems like cheating many times with that lens attached - it really does rock!
These photos are great examples of sharp, colorful images - you captured the action well - and your combo worked well for you. Hard to believe this is overcast - you really did well. I am pretty sure it was not Michigan overcast. :)
Well done - thanks for sharing.


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Oct 04, 2009 21:27 |  #246

stathunter wrote in post #8760414 (external link)
Kelley -- first of all you are cheating! :) only joking -- but I LOVE the 200 2.8-- it seems like cheating many times with that lens attached - it really does rock!
These photos are great examples of sharp, colorful images - you captured the action well - and your combo worked well for you. Hard to believe this is overcast - you really did well. I am pretty sure it was not Michigan overcast. :)
Well done - thanks for sharing.

Scott,
Thanks so much!! I showed the coach one of these today and all I got was "your camera takes great photos" :cry: Anyway, I was previously using a zoom (80-200L & 70-300). I used this lens yesterday to see if I could get sharper results and to see how I would do without my zoom. I had to move around a bit more but I think it was worth it (I also LOVE this lens). It's so much lighter too.
Would I get sharper results with a full frame body? I also LOVE sharp images!

Thanks again, I REALLY appreciate your comments and help so much :D

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Oct 04, 2009 21:29 as a reply to  @ stathunter's post |  #247

Scott...

P.S. overcast and cold Oregon morning :)


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Oct 04, 2009 22:25 as a reply to  @ kelleystar27's post |  #248

Hi Scott

Thank for your time, please have a go at mine..??

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Oct 05, 2009 12:40 |  #249

Many thanks Scott!!!

stathunter wrote in post #8760323 (external link)
Tiger - thanks for posting -- this is a great shot. Love the color and certainly a lot going on here. I am out there shooting a lot of black and white now - but truly love color - this is an example of lots of interesting colors from the sky to ground etc --- the beauty of the land is brought out with dramatic effect.
In my quest of improving things - I am always looking at even images that I think are my best - and asking myself how I can improve or what will make them even a slight bit better-- this is why people hire us to shoot wedding for them, or buy our sports or landscape prints. Your image is well done - but after looking at it I immediately asked how could it be improved. On thing I could do was to pull it down on my computer screen cropping just above the bottom fence line -- to me that might work if you are ok with having the cattle so close to the edge of the frame -- maybe if you cropped the bottom-- because for me the fence line limits it a little then offer more sky (I have to admit I am a sky fanatic) -- just a few thoughts --
Great work! Keep on shooting - would love to see more of your work.


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Oct 05, 2009 13:00 as a reply to  @ Tigerkn's post |  #250

Hello, so i would like to try this out. ^^

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Oct 09, 2009 08:14 |  #251

Well gang......I am free for the next few hours - I am editing photos and have calls with clients but then have to run out for meetings -- so if you want a little critique from Scott post a photo.

Let me first take a look and catch up with photos posted in a few days back.


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djvkool wrote in post #8761382 (external link)
Hi Scott

Thank for your time, please have a go at mine..??

1 week old Dachcs pup, 70-200 @ 2.8, ISO 1600, light is from 50w downlight directly above

Hi dj,

This is a tough one - first how can you not like cute puppies- I think this pup is precious - but for a photo critique it does not do much for me -- needs a little more "oomph" or something to take it from a snapshot to a something you would want hung on your wall.
In this day and age everyone has a camera - even if it is a camera phone or point and shoot -- so there is a lot of competition - and we need to keep reinventing ourselves as photographers and pushing the limits which separates the pros from those that simply take pictures.

Keep on shooting - but remember to think out of the box - know what the rules are then break them - shoot a ton and see what works for you.


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Oct 09, 2009 08:37 |  #253

Here's 2 for ya!

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Oct 09, 2009 08:38 |  #254

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Hello, so i would like to try this out. ^^

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Howdy koka!

First off I want to tell you that this is a good image - there are many very strong points to this image - I happen to be a fan of skies and this is a fantastic sky - it has a ton of great elements and is the drama in this photo. The lighting is well done here - you did a great job with fill flash and the colors are superb.

Now let me hit the critical element that keeps this good image from being great - with the angle you shot the girl - she looks like she has a small head and large body --- in my years of understanding women....this is a no no. They typically like to look thing and as beautiful as possible -- this image distorts her because of the angle of the shot and possibly the lens choice here. Most people look better when shot from above - it thins out their neck etc - your gal does not have any extra chins or anything but simply the angle distorts her too much - notice that her arms look very long in this photo because of the angle and lens.

Remember that it is small things that make a huge difference - making a small adjustments in the angle makes large differences in how things look in the image.


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Oct 09, 2009 08:56 |  #255

Alright, I'm ready for it, I think.

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