Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums >

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Aug 22, 2013, 9:51 AM   #1
Senior Member
FaithfulPastor's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 656
Default In-laws

My wife's sister and her family.

This photo was taken on the side of a hill that leads down to a pond. The shoreline in the background is not level.

Does that mess up the shot?

I am choosing to leave the pond in the shot on the left side so the viewer can see a bit more of where the shot was taken.

Does that detract from the shot?

Any other comments are greatly appreciated.
F 5.6 1/160 iso 400 fill flash (-1), 95mm focal length 30 minutes before sundown.
Attached Images
FaithfulPastor is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Aug 22, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2
Senior Member
WCKSer's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 2,857

The filled flash worked well. This is a good looking family picture. Everyone is relaxed and smiling! A very pleasing picture indeed!

The levelness of the shoreline is distracting because of white color flowers lining it. Otherwise, it is not bad.
Canon 5D MKII, EF 24-105mm f/4L, EF 50mm f/1.8, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro, Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD, Sigma DG 150-500mm f/5.-6.3 APO HSM.
Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
Mirrorless APS-C camera: Samsung NX100, Canon EOS-M.
M4/3 systems: Olympus OM-D-E-M5 and Panasonic DMC-G3.

Last edited by WCKSer; Aug 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM.
WCKSer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 22, 2013, 3:21 PM   #3
Senior Member
VTphotog's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Extreme Northeastern Vermont, USA
Posts: 4,309

The shoreline not being level isn't too bad, but it looks like everyone is leaning to their left. The only thing that really bothers me about the shot, though, is that the man in the back is positioned so the shoreline is directly in line with his eye and ear line, and the floral growth looks a bit like an aura.

VTphotog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 23, 2013, 5:09 AM   #4
Senior Member
NHL's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,599

In my view the background doesn't work at all... (on an otherwise excellent picture)
It actually spoils the look not because of the shoreline, but the cut-off tree and the bottom of the house patio add unnecessary distractions.

The framing might work better if you've shot in portrait mode instead of landscape to include theses elements in the background, but I would rather move the camera viewpoint to the right (also up the slope looking downward) and only have the pond as my background (at least you'll have a full tree reflection on the water surface)

Also in Photoshop I would use a gradient tool to decrease the brightness effect of the flash in the bottom foreground a smidge
photos (ϕοτοσ), light
graphos (γραϕος), painting

Last edited by NHL; Aug 23, 2013 at 5:12 AM.
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 23, 2013, 8:11 PM   #5
Senior Member
Wingman's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Hebron, Kentucky (northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati):KCVG
Posts: 4,346

I think the alignment issue of the background would be OK if you ensured that the image is vertically aligned. With so many angled lines, the only true reference would be the verticals. Right now the image looks like it could use a touch of counter clockwise rotation. Once done, you might also want to try a wider aperture and a longer zoom in order to blur the background.

Something else that would help the composition is to move everyone in closer...much closer. For a family picture, there appears to be a lot of "distance" between the family members.

I like that everyone is color coordinated. Very nice looking family!

Wingman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 24, 2013, 8:14 AM   #6
Senior Member
sds's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 158

I hope that you approve that I had to try and see how it would look if I straightened it. Great looking family.
Attached Images
sds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 27, 2013, 10:00 AM   #7
Senior Member
Calicajun's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Quartz Hill, CA
Posts: 3,455

The capture of the In-laws is great, nice lighting, good poses and big smiles. That added with the suggestions given above your next shoot will be through the roof.
Comments always welcome.
Calicajun is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:49 AM.