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Old Nov 11, 2006, 5:04 PM   #1
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Hi All,

If any of you know me you will know that I don't really shoot portrait but I would love to be able to do this more and also a lot better.

I was asked by some friends to do some photos as they have not had anything to send to family and friends so today we went to the local woods and these are some of the shots we got.

They are OK, but what could be better. I feel the posed shot is pretty weak but didn't know really what to suggest (and I know it would help if everyone was looking at the camera :blah.

All comments welcome as I want to improve where I can.

Kit used Canon 30D with Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.7 and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8.

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Old Nov 11, 2006, 5:06 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention that I am using my work laptop and the monitor is not calibrated and is not liking the calibration I have tried so everything on my screen is brighter than it should be so I have tried to compensate but not sure how well I have done.
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 5:07 PM   #3
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This is my fave shot.
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I didn't notice at the time but you can tell by the hands that they are not relaxed
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 5:08 PM   #5
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 5:09 PM   #6
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Last one.
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I like 'em all. Especially the fact that there is little extraneous background and the focus is on the people.

I like the static pix with the sense of movement behind and the parents out of focus , woth the clear focus on the kids. Nice idea.
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Mark,

These look like fun shots to make... I wouldn't have guessed the nervousness if you hadn't pointed it out.

My favourite shot is maybe the children in the foreground on bikes, with parents behind... though I wish the girl would have been "sharp" too.

The "spinning" children ones are cool also... how'd you get that technique ?

Thanks for sharing. Outdoor people shots are maybe not often easy to get done well, but I like them.

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shot 3 and the last are excellent

nice range of shots

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Old Nov 16, 2006, 6:18 AM   #10
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Thanks guys.

PJ to get the spinning shots it was a case of Mark (not me but the father of the children) spinning them around him as they sort or ran/skipped in a circle. I then stood behind him with the camera on his front. To make it easier to hold the camera and release the shutter I also used a remote cable release. I could only manage to do about 1.5 circles before I could not keep up with them but we got the shots. I would have liked to get them spinning with their feet off of the ground but they were not brave enough to give this a go.

As for having the girl sharp as well, we did another on a bridge where she was sharp and the boy was not so they have one of each. Also light was very low so to have used a smaller aperture with the movement of walking would have added too much blur.
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