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Old Nov 2, 2006, 8:15 PM   #1
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Once again, something different than my usual landscape photography. I am enjoying combining landscape and portraits, I have a question for you folks who do this kind of photography concerning the shadows on my model. Should I use reflectors or buy a off camera flash for my D 50?

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Old Nov 3, 2006, 7:28 PM   #2
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Hello Bob....
This is a really good shot...Your DOF is perfect and the composition is really good as well...I do a lot of beach portraits and the sun can be bruital and kill a picture with terrible shadows...But in your shot, I think the shadows are a real asset...Not harsh at all...You could try a reflector or fill flash next time but, for me, this is a winner...And the doggie is even smiling...Who could ask for more... :G
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You've captured such alovely smile brightening upthe beautiful features of Janelle I think it will be wise to convince her for some further sessions, Bob! But make sure you share with us later I liked the original setting too, which works quite wellin B&W. Well about the shadows, choosing the correct flash output, as fill flash,regarding the distance of the subject, will do a world of good I belive. If there's any left what is PS for:-) On compositionwise I would like to see more of the model while preserving the essentials of the setting. Hope you don't mind my modest edit in which I reduced the shadows a little and did some cropping
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Old Nov 3, 2006, 9:28 PM   #4
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Get a large 5-in-1 reflector...you'll find tons of uses for it.
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Thank you John, bahadir and Kalypso! I appreciate you comments and advice, I will be making a trip to Indy this weekend and will invest in a 5 in 1 reflector.

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Came out great, Love the composition.

I think this one would really lend itself to some color elements with the black and white background.
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Old Nov 4, 2006, 5:35 PM   #7
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this is a very nice shot

i love the feel to it. comp is nice and as mentioned dof is spot on

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Old Nov 4, 2006, 7:56 PM   #8
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Thank you Creeduk and Ken!

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i agree with creeduk, a sepia wash would suit this shot nicely.

Really like seeing your people work Bob! although we're going to have to move it indoors here soon....our Indiana indian summer is on borrowed time.
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Old Nov 4, 2006, 8:45 PM   #10
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Thank you urbanaries! I appreciate your imput, I have lots to learn about portraiture, your right about Indian summer it seems like it has run its course. But looking on the bright side, gray winter days are great for black and white landscape photography!

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