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Nov 29, 2008 09:19 |  #1

My daughter's friend visited for Thanksgiving... So we took some veryimpromptu shots... C&C welcome. A few things I think could be improved: 1) we were a little late in the afternoon so the shadow of trees behind me were cast high across the background. 2) the dog's sweater could be straightened. 3) Maybe a tad more light on the girls. 4) perhaps place them closer to one side or the other. :) 5) the illusion the horizon isn't straight, but it's actually the pond's shape... So many things to nit pick. So little time.

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Nov 29, 2008 09:22 |  #2

i think it looks pretty good. maybe just a slight bump on the exposure.


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Nov 29, 2008 13:16 |  #3

A very nice photo. It just needs a little work and you get can the girls' faces brighter with a curve adjustment. And your photo is rotated by about 3 degrees even though the shape of the pond throws the horizon off some. But you can tell the trees in the background in your original are leaning quite a bit to the right.

Attached is my version rotated 3 or 5 degrees (can't remember) degrees cropped and curve adjustment.


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Nov 29, 2008 22:12 as a reply to  @ HappySnapper90's post |  #4

That is much better. I hadn't done much with the photo before I cropped it. Slightly sharpened and some boost, but yours does bring out the faces much better. Thanks!


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Nov 29, 2008 22:15 |  #5

Fill flash wold have helped here too. Otherwise, not bad for an informal session.


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Nov 30, 2008 09:58 |  #6

In the revised version the lighting is better but they are now leaning. I don't think it needed any rotational correction in the original.



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Nov 30, 2008 10:10 |  #7

Given the situation, nothing at all wrong with the first shot, other than the nits you already pointed out, but in the grand scheme, nice shot.


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Nov 30, 2008 10:27 as a reply to  @ Zazoh's post |  #8

Not bad at all. I like the colors.


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Nov 30, 2008 10:56 as a reply to  @ rmr21's post |  #9

Nice shot. I really like the sunlight highlighting the background. It renders the trees and their changing colors with a nice dappled effect. I know this was one of your crits, but I thought it was a nice attribute. The only other thing I noticed, which you picked up on was the apparent horizon tilt, due to shape of pond. I would try a little straightening to see if it softened the tilt so that it was less noticeable.


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Nov 30, 2008 22:06 |  #10

acchildress wrote in post #6784435 (external link)
In the revised version the lighting is better but they are now leaning. I don't think it needed any rotational correction in the original.

and it lost a lot of sharpness...lots of artifacts on the revision?


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Nov 30, 2008 22:31 |  #11

I think it is a nice picture.




  
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Dec 01, 2008 10:49 |  #12

Personally I think it's a great shot.


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Dec 01, 2008 11:18 |  #13

Naturalist wrote in post #6782424 (external link)
Fill flash wold have helped here too. Otherwise, not bad for an informal session.

Humm, I see catchlights in their eyes. I think there was some fill flash. Nice holiday pic!


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Dec 01, 2008 13:15 |  #14

I think it's a great photo, and definitely worth a little extra effort in PP. So I did. Just a couple of minutes to adjust white balance, curves, saturation. Hope you like it, I'm sure you could do so much more with the full res image.


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Dec 06, 2008 22:42 |  #15

acchildress wrote in post #6784435 (external link)
In the revised version the lighting is better but they are now leaning. I don't think it needed any rotational correction in the original.

The original did need rotating. You can clearly see both girls leaning to the right in it. Plus tree trunks in the background are leaning to the right, and the ripples in the water are also skewed a bit. Both their heads in the original are leaning to the right which is probably unlike how they really were. Most people's heads would be tilted towards each other.

My view: the girl holding the dog would be standing straight up not being able to lean or anything, but the girl on the right is trying to lean a little to get closer to the dog which my version has her doing.




  
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