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  1. #1
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    Elissa - portraits

    Some shots I took of my sister, Elissa, over the holidays. I used my Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM II and had a Sunpak 383 on a small Bogen stand with a Morris DS-1 digital slave (all I could fit in my carry on bag to NY.) I used the on-camera flash for fill and to trigger the 383 which was bounced off walls or ceiling. See the whole series here: http://imageevent.com/24peter/elissa







    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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    Wow, you're sister's as pretty as the models you shoot! Great job, esp with the inexpensive kit you brought along. Just goes to show that you don't have to spend a bundle to get great results if you know your craft.

    The lighting is really nice.

    A couple of critiques on the poses you posted here, though. Your sister has a very nice, thin face, but pose number 2 does not flatter it. Because of the angle of the shot and the way she's holing her head it blurs the distinction between her face and neck and makes her look chubbier than she is (like she has no neck and jowls). Pose number 4 puts her right arm in a very akward position. Not only does it look unnatural, but it also makes her upper arm look flabby.

    In the gallery, I really like 34 and 40, but my absolute favorite is 27. Killer look, killer pose, killer lighting!

    Awesome job proving again that it's the man, not the gear!
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  3. #3
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    cute sis. though i like the photos in the gallery that weren't posted here better, except i do like the bottom photo on this thread. the pose looked a little bit odd at first but i think it shows more personality.
    Last edited by ReF; 01-07-2006 at 03:36 AM.
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    Nice. You're lucky to have a sister that doesn't hate the camera. She's a beautiful model and you did her justice. I do have to echo Jamie's thoughts about the arm on the last shot and the *thick neck* of the 2nd one. Maybe if her head was cocked just a wee bit more to her right her cheek definition would have been more prominent. *shrug*

    Great job otherwise Pete.
    Ouch.

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    Very nice portraits of your sister, 24Peter. I like the more natural posing with your sister compared to some other series you made. When I come across that 28-105 USM II I will probably get it...
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    Thanks guys for the supportive responses. I appreciate it. Yeah sometimes the technical stuff is right but the poses are a little off and vice versa. I do need to focus a bit more on the poses though. I see I can get pre-occupied with my lighting, shutter speed, apeture, focus etc. and kind of forget about that. She was actually asking me a lot about how she should stand etc. because she'd never had photos taken before and I could have given her more direction. She & I were both pretty happy with them overall though so it turned out OK. She's gonna surprise her husband with a few of them.
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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