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Mar 22, 2010 13:13 |  #1

These were taken this past Friday afternoon around the LSU campus.
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Things i already know:
1 - Used the wrong lens for subject isolation.
2 - Looks like she has no arms.
3 - I tried toning down the highlights as much as i could without her chest becoming too gray and splotchy.
4 - Should have used a flash.
5 - Should have used a flash.
7 - Should have used a faster shutter speed to capture the movement.
8 - Used the wrong lens for subject isolation.

Please let me know anything else i can improve upon.
Thanks!

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Mar 22, 2010 15:21 |  #2

I really like #2, even if it doesn't look like she has arms... The composition, unique pose/perspective, lighting, and colors totally do it for me. Fixing the angle and centering her perfectly in the frame would make it even better. The hill behind, leaves in the foreground, and foot position rock too. I want to steal this location!

The rest look pretty good as well and I agree with your own criticisms.

Keep it up!




  
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Mar 22, 2010 15:31 |  #3

Looks like you got the lighting down. Nice shots.


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Mar 22, 2010 15:37 as a reply to  @ sulla's post |  #4

Very vivid colors and lighting is wonderful! ALso,great compositions!!!!!


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Mar 22, 2010 15:39 |  #5

Thanks everyone. Using the 16-35 for the first time in an outdoor setting really impressed me.


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Mar 22, 2010 15:51 |  #6

Even though it looks like she has no arms in number 2 I think it's a cool shot. The perspective and foreground detail make it interesting. I would re-do the shot trying multiple angles. Maybe have her hands on her knees or something. The lighting looks good.


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Mar 22, 2010 19:16 |  #7

Yeah i definitely want to do a re-attempt at this one.


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Mar 22, 2010 20:41 |  #8

zachbreaux wrote in post #9848020 (external link)
Things i already know:
2 - Looks like she has no arms.

Arms?

:p Sorry, couldn't resist.


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Mar 22, 2010 23:39 as a reply to  @ photoguy6405's post |  #9

Not that you did not list it in "Things i already know," but I love #6.

But you knew that anyway :p

Composition, balance (between contrasting elements), exposure, right on.


On #2, the skin tone of her feet look like it belongs to the living dead (which I happen to watch recently on late night TV).



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Mar 22, 2010 23:42 |  #10

Lol thanks.


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Mar 22, 2010 23:50 as a reply to  @ zachbreaux's post |  #11

I love #2. I wonder how it would look with brighter colors. Did you get a chance to try it? I know it matches the colors of the other pics in the set so its just a suggestion. Great shot!




  
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Mar 23, 2010 07:40 |  #12

great series here... you've already addressed the only small issues I saw so let me just pile on in saying that #2 could be really outstanding if you can figure out what to do with her arms on the reshoot. I think mcruzer's hands on the knees idea could be the best bet.

again, great series, great colors, and oh yeah, #6 is perfect...


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Mar 23, 2010 08:26 |  #13

Thanks. And yes i do agree. The hands should have been on the knees. When i was instructing her, all i said was bring your head closer to the lens - completely did not catch the arms go behind her back. I am glad i got my first shoot out of the way though. Now i know to look for certain things such as that.


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Mar 23, 2010 13:04 as a reply to  @ zachbreaux's post |  #14

Nice series Zach. #7 is my favorite but I would clone out the person or white spot on the hill. On #2, why not have her put her hands in the back pockets of the jeans. This way you see some of her arms and still get the effect you are looking for.


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Mar 23, 2010 13:10 |  #15

i like most of these

was you using a hot shoe mounted flash or some other set up for lighting?


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