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Old Oct 25, 2009, 7:53 PM   #1
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I took a family friend and her daughter out this weekend for a senior picture shoot. The day was perfect for being out of doors, even if the fact there was not a cloud in the sky gave me some tough sun conditions, but the 65 degree sunshine sure felt nice. We shot at a variety of locations, including a few indoor with a black backdrop. I loaded the K-7 with the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8, and switched back and forth between the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and the Pentax FA 50 f/1.4 on the K-20.






Processing varied according to shot, but all shots were imported with Lightroom and lighting issues addressed there, exported to PSE 7. I ran most of them through Noiseware with very low levels even though the highest ISO used for any shot was 250. I then used Portrait Professional 8 to fix skin imperfections, skin smoothing, etc.

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 7:56 PM   #2
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Honesty compels me to admit that since I took one of my students who I've been teaching photography with me, I can't say with 100% confidence that all of these were ones I took, because we were constantly switching cameras, but I think all of these are mine, at least the good ones, lol.

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 9:02 PM   #3
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Wow, for a senior she looks incredible, hope I age so well.

I like the 2nd last shot the best, nicest colours and neutral lighting.

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Very nice, Paul-

Very well done.

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 11:34 PM   #5
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in group 2 the 3rd one is pretty dramatic...grabs you right away..
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Paul - a great series of wonderfully photographed and carefully prepared portraits. I'm sure she appreciates your time and talents!
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The next to last is WOW! The others are nicely composed, but the colors look slightly washed out... maybe due to flash? I would bump the contrast on the others slightly to make her skin look a little less washed out. Overall, very well done... I have never had much success with stationary human subjects.
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Paul - those are some great photos. Very well done. #3 in the first series and 3 & 4 in the second series are the best IMO - simply based on the girl's expression and pose. Technically all the photos are very well done - but I think she looks the best in those 3 shots.
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Paul, very nice poses and nice lighting. Were you using a show mounted flash?

My only preference would have been for a more blurred backgrounds...if you don't mind me sayiing: they do take a way some from the attractiveness of the model!
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Wow, for a senior she looks incredible, hope I age so well.

I like the 2nd last shot the best, nicest colours and neutral lighting.

Rodney

I know what you mean Rod, I'm a sinior and I don't look near that good!

Paul, when you have such a beautiful, photogenic model, it's hard to miss!
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