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Old Oct 20, 2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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My adopted daughter, Miriam, wanted me to take her daughter's senior pictures. I was flattered but, you & I know I'm not a "people photog". I took close to 400 shots all over town using the Oly and Fuji. This is a sample shot. I surprised myself.

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Old Oct 21, 2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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Another blossom.
Nicely done Gary.
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I was flattered but, you & I know I'm not a "people photog".

Maybe it's time to rethink this position. This photo is very good.
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Dittos, Gary.
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HEy Gary

Thats a very nice shot.. she's made lovely eye contact and you've cpatured that really nicely.

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Golly! Thanks VERY much, guys. Coming from this bunch sure means A LOT! Very encouraging.
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Hi, Gary

I'm not personally inclined to critique other peoples photos. I always thought the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius had it right when he said, "Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected for a critic." Also, I don't have a lot of experience with portrait photography.

All that said, I do want to offer a suggestion about your photo. You are an excellent photographer and as Harj said, you captured her eye contact perfectly. The problem with the photo though, is that the background is enormously distracting. It's much brighter than her face is, and of course our eyes naturally move to the brightest spot (ever try not watching the headlights of an oncoming car at night on a 2-lane road? )

I think it's very difficult to do a good portrait of someone who is backlit. If you do more portrait work (and you should), I think you need to be more careful about the background and the overall lighting.

Just my 2 worth.

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Hi, Gary

I'm not personally inclined to critique other peoples photos. I always thought the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius had it right when he said, "Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected for a critic." Also, I don't have a lot of experience with portrait photography.

All that said, I do want to offer a suggestion about your photo. You are an excellent photographer and as Harj said, you captured her eye contact perfectly. The problem with the photo though, is that the background is enormously distracting. It's much brighter than her face is, and of course our eyes naturally move to the brightest spot (ever try not watching the headlights of an oncoming car at night on a 2-lane road? )

I think it's very difficult to do a good portrait of someone who is backlit. If you do more portrait work (and you should), I think you need to be more careful about the background and the overall lighting.

Just my 2 worth.

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Thanks, Ted. Much appreciated. I did do a little more work on it as the one you saw was pretty much OOC. Still busy (Mom & daughter wanted autumn) but... Here's before and after.



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Thanks, Ted. Much appreciated. I did do a little more work on it as the one you saw was pretty much OOC. Still busy (Mom & daughter wanted autumn) but... Here's before and after.
Gary, I like that a lot better. One more thing - on my monitor here at work (which is not calibrated) her skin has a reddish cast. But I need to see it when I get home.

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PS: I think I'm critiquing this so much, because it's inherently a great photo of her.
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Gary, I like that a lot better. One more thing - on my monitor here at work (which is not calibrated) her skin has a reddish cast. But I need to see it when I get home.

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PS: I think I'm critiquing this so much, because it's inherently a great photo of her.
Thanks again, Ted. I tried cooling the skin tone but it just didn't look the way it did in the woods. And, both mom & she actually like it because she's very fair-skinned. Quote mom, "Gives her a little color." Go figure.
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