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Old Jan 24, 2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Here is some more favs, any CC or tips is welcome. I wish I had captured the sunset in the background of #4, oh well next time.

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Old Jan 24, 2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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joe, these are wonderful! #2 and #3 are fantastic.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 2:07 PM   #3
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absolutely gorgeous
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 2:13 PM   #4
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Mike, I'm no expert, but numbers 1, 2, and 3 are perfect like they are. You mentioned the sunset in number 4, I have a bigger problem with that one, something I continually beat myself up over, and that is, her feet. They belong in the shot, too! Otherwise great shots all of them!
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Great shots...
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 5:21 PM   #6
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Great shots, well done!
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Thank you so much to everyone for the encouraging feedback.

@Robert. I hadn't even noticed that before! But now youve mentioned it, they defintatly needed to be there *slap forehead* thanks for pointing that out.
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Thank you so much to everyone for the encouraging feedback.

@Robert. I hadn't even noticed that before! But now youve mentioned it, they defintatly needed to be there *slap forehead* thanks for pointing that out.
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Haha. Not me I really appreciate the advice. Thanks
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It's great when someone really desires to learn rather than only wanting to hear positive things

Here are a few thoughts from me.

#1 The first thing is something that I often miss myself when taking a shot, that is the first point of interest that the eye will see. Usually this is wherever there is the highest level of contrast, so the eye in this shot goes to the crossbar of the bike. The next thing is the whole shot is under exposed so needs some levels tweaking. I hope you don't mind but I've given what my take would be in the below edit. I've done one extra thing which is to make the lower portion of the photo a bit darker than the top. The reason behind this (and we are now talking higher level portrait 'rules') is that the face should always be the most lit part of a portrait, with the lighting here the shoulders were actually a bit brighter. It is a similar reason to the above the that eye is attracted away from the desired focal point being the face.

#2 Sorry to say this one does nothing for me, I'm sure it is a good family memory but it looks like a snap shot and based on other photos you are well above snap shots. Why does it look like a snap? Mainly that you are shooting down so the view is much like I would see if standing there, you want to be thinking outside the box. With children it is great to be at or below their level. The other thing is the face mostly missing. For this sort of shot, the expression could have made a real change to the outcome.

#3 Like this one. Lighting gives some nice shape, the exposure is good, love the sky to set off the rest of the shot and great that you haven't just slapped the main subject right in the centre. I do ask myself if I would like the shot better if the face was included. Generally having the face of a person helps you connect better but here we can feel the fun and excitement so I don't think it is needed. An option to consider (and it is personal choice which might be best) would be to crop the tree and the houses so you just have the sky and your subject.

#4 Really nicely done (with the exception of the feet ) The lighting is great, you have a lovely backlit shot exhibiting some cool rim lighting and then the scene of the water. Here you don't need the face, that wouldn't add to this shot in the same way as it would in #2.

You should be pleased with yourself for these. They show that you don't need a high end dSLR with a tasty lens to get nice shots!
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