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Old Apr 12, 2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Default Fun with the 85mm f1.8

I don't often play with my primes so have been using my time here in Egypt to force myself to shoot with fixed focal length.

There is one problem with these experiments, I've decided that I need to upg the 50mm f1.8 to the f1.4 version to get better AF...... oh, but I'm having fun!!

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5 (these were yesterday and wasn't to warm so decided that I would have a play with B&W for a different feel.


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Old Apr 12, 2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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#1 & 2 are my favorite--the backlit hair is just beautiful! #3 is nice too, except I find the boots a bit distracting. I'd try croppiing it at the waist. Nice poses on the B&W's--I like the "slanted" composition. I must admit that I am generally not a big fan of B&W's though. Looks like you and your wife had fun!!
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I don't often play with my primes so have been using my time here in Egypt to force myself to shoot with fixed focal length.

There is one problem with these experiments, I've decided that I need to upg the 50mm f1.8 to the f1.4 version to get better AF...... oh, but I'm having fun!!

Shot with Canon 5DmkII.

C&C welcome.

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5 (these were yesterday and wasn't to warm so decided that I would have a play with B&W for a different feel.


6

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Beautiful images of a beautiful woman. Warm smile and deep eyes. Browsed the web last night for the 85 1.8. Sharp, good bokeh, (affordable) Did they leave something out, is there something more I should know

Yes, how is the lense hood - preferably take pictures in backlight

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3 is too much fun great picture... 6 could be on Time Magazine with a headline of "This is what success looks like" -real nice.
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#1 and #2 are my favorites here. love the highlights in the hair. #1 is my favorite compositionwise like the railing, like the dof , but #2 just feels more natural with the pose thought the foreground oof flowers distract me a bit.

#3 is really fun, but the color balance feels a bit cool. maybe its just my monitor, but it comes across a little less pleasing colorwise.

#4 - this one doesn't work as well, it doesn't feel natural at all.

#5 and 6 i like the compositions, but the contrast feels a bit too harsh in the face area.

my nitpicks and such aside, i think its a great set. and the 85 1.8 did great. #1 and #2 belong in a frame!
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#2 is excellent, great use of the flowers and DOF and fill flash. Good mix of different ideas for all of them.
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Beautiful images of a beautiful woman. Warm smile and deep eyes. Browsed the web last night for the 85 1.8. Sharp, good bokeh, (affordable) Did they leave something out, is there something more I should know

Yes, how is the lense hood - preferably take pictures in backlight

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The 85 is a great lens on both crop and FF. I have only really used it for weddings where the light is terrible and flash isn't allowed and for indoor sports, until recently that is. In all of these situations it does a fantastic job and has no flaws that I can think of... that's the nice thing about primes, optically stronger than a zoom. I'm planning to use this more and more.
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3 is too much fun great picture... 6 could be on Time Magazine with a headline of "This is what success looks like" -real nice.
Thanks Mike, I enjoyed playing around with different ideas.
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#1 and #2 are my favorites here. love the highlights in the hair. #1 is my favorite compositionwise like the railing, like the dof , but #2 just feels more natural with the pose thought the foreground oof flowers distract me a bit.

#3 is really fun, but the color balance feels a bit cool. maybe its just my monitor, but it comes across a little less pleasing colorwise.

#4 - this one doesn't work as well, it doesn't feel natural at all.

#5 and 6 i like the compositions, but the contrast feels a bit too harsh in the face area.

my nitpicks and such aside, i think its a great set. and the 85 1.8 did great. #1 and #2 belong in a frame!
Thanks Dustin for the in depth C&C. I agree with #4 and wasn't going to include it, then I was, then I wasn't so decided to leave it and see if people had the same thoughts as me which was an uncomfortable looking pose. So you confirmed it, I should have left it out.

I will go back to #3 and check the WB on the calibrated screen as I didn't do so when editing these as I wasn't at home.

1 and 2 are also my faves and will likely make it up on the wall somewhere.... I already have lots of photos of her, but these are sweet.

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#2 is excellent, great use of the flowers and DOF and fill flash. Good mix of different ideas for all of them.
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I'm a huge advocate in using flash for outdoor photography, lots of people still think flash is an indoor or night tool only.
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