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  1. #1501
    Scotti Foxx Guest

    My picture of Model Elise

    What do you think guys?

    This is one of my pics i've taken, i'd like your feedback.



    Underground car parks are a great place to shoot, the strip lighting has added a very nice back lighting on Elise's hair that I really like.

  2. #1502
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    I agree with George, let us know your thoughts on this lens when you get a chance. I would be curious to see how it does, as I may add it to my "personal" collection.
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


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  3. #1503
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    Scotti, nice model. A couple things that stand out to me are the strip light you mentioned, its in a real bad place(to me) as it draws attention away from the models face. Also, the face seems a bit soft?

    The guy in the BG is also distracting.

    Remember to post your EXIF. Thats helpful to alot of people and can also help with feedback on what to change.
    Jason

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    aparmley, it's good to see a new covert enjoying a glass of fine... lens (hmm, that didn't work quite as I'd hoped, but ah well). Hope you get a lot of good use out of that lens - it's definitely one that'd be in my bag now if I had the green.

    Scotti, the (quite attractive) model is rather soft - it looks like her jeans (or the car) are what's in proper focus. My guess is the aperture was pretty wide because the light is rather low. Stopping down to a higher f-stop number would make more of her in focus; if possible you could boost the ISO, or, if that would degrade the IQ too much, a tripod would help (or a VR lens). I just see a lot of wide-aperture shots like this that rather need more of the person to be in proper focus. Otherwise you could focus more on the face, and let the rest blur, but I think it'd be served better by having more (such as the water droplets on the car and her hair) in focus. Perhaps some selective Gaussian blur on the background in post-processing could lend it extra depth. Alright, I'll stop now.
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  5. #1505
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    d80 - 17-50mm tamron


  6. #1506
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    Alex D80, Scott, and leyo04 great pictures. Aparmley...welcome to the Nikon side of things. Glad to have you... although... you are from St. Louis area

    lol jk
    Last edited by Esoterra; 06-08-2007 at 04:57 PM.

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    Our 5 year old son graduated from Kindergarted this week, so I took a few snaps to remember the moment. I am really trying to improve my composition, but this was a real tough environment to photograph in... and I was limited to my 70-200 glass because all the front seats were taken. Here are a few of my thoughts:

    1) simple: couldnt keep the photo simple by isolating my main subject (my son) with all the clutter background and kids in the picture so I opted for a wide open aperture focued on my sons eyes, and blurred out the rest.

    2) Rule of Thirds: Kinda hard when you have kids and props all over the picture so I tried to take shots with my son in the left/right 3rd of the picture.. I dont think that helped any... so I took shots centered on.

    3) Lines: aside from a few non-contributing benches, there were no patterns or lines to add interest into the photo that I could see....correct me if Im wrong.

    4) Balance: this was a tough one... I guess I just made sure that there was a balance of kids in the picture.. not all lumped together on one side of the photo??

    5) framing: none that I could see.

    6) Avoiding Mergers: another tough siuation... it was a nightmare...kids hands poping out of heads, paper trees sprouting arms... the works. Again, a wide open aperture helped.

    These are just guidelines that I try to follow but at the time I just realize, they are only just guidelines and that every circumstance is different, use your eye and your instincts, and with a little CS2 touch up the mundane picture can spring a little life.

    Does anyone have any advice on how they shoot in cluttered environments as such?

    Here is my favorite shot of the graduation... you can see the gallery here


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    Quote Originally Posted by Esoterra View Post
    3) Lines: aside from a few non-contributing benches, there were no patterns or lines to add interest into the photo that I could see....correct me if Im wrong.
    There are lots of lines in that photo--their heads are all lined up and guide, me anyway, to the one student looking at "you". There are also some horizontal lines. See you at the meeting if you attend--I was going to let you try out my 1.7x at the last meeting I attended, but you didn't show up. And "rules" are made to be broken though the trick is knowing when to break the rules.
    Last edited by TNB; 06-07-2007 at 06:53 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNB View Post
    There are lots of lines in that photo--their heads are all lined up and guide, me anyway, to the one student looking at "you". There are also some horizontal lines. See you at the meeting if you attend--I was going to let you try out my 1.7x at the last meeting I attended, but you didn't show up. And "rules" are made to be broken though the trick is knowing when to break the rules.
    Yeah I thought about that...but again I was shooting at an awkward angle with no moving room, so I couldnt line up the kids heads for the shot. Good idea though.

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    I know we have all seen this shot millions of times but i wanted to get one myself :]

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