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Old Oct 24, 2011, 4:36 AM   #1
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Here are a few photos from a family session that I did on Saturday, that were totally cool and really good fun to work with. Unfortunately their youngest was a little tired so didn't have the smiley face that was there when we had met before.

If you would like to see a few additional ones the pop on over to my blog

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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Great set, Mark! 1 and 5 are my faves. Boy, you can see those tired eyes on #4. Reminds me of my 2 year old when he doesn't get his nap. I can sympathize!

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nice set 4 and 5 are great so difficult with young children they can be great to work with or they can be the exact opposite
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G'day Mark

Agree with others ~ great set
#7 also appeals via the expression on the child's face and the connections with hands / arms that go out of the photo. It seems to me that the connection shows the importance, the faces are not always needed - but not far away if needed ... sort of thing

Beautiful family, beautiful images - well done
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OK Mark...

Since I know you prefer blunt critique, the loss of contrast from veiling flare in the second and third images in that set makes those images virtually unusable in my book, even though other image characteristics may make them appealing. IOW, either shading the lens(es) from direct sunlight and/or shooting from a different angle to avoid those types of issues would probably be a better bet going forward.

Frankly, I suspect you posted them just to see if anyone would say anything about them; as your expertise in photography is obviously at a very high level, and the degradation in image quality in those two images is pretty hard to overlook, even though the subjects' "spirit" and facial expressions were great.

IOW, I'm sure you recognize the problems with those two, and probably wanted to hear some opinions from others. So, I'll "stick my neck out" and be the first. :-)

As for the rest, great job, as usual.
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I'd wager to say that it was a stylistic decision. While it may be considered unusable from a pure technical standpoint the washed out flared look is popular right now in portrait photography.

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Thanks a lot everyone for chipping in and I'm glad you like them.

Jim, Brad is right with this, it was stylistic, I deliberately shot with light coming into the lens, I do it quite a bit, but also ensure I get the normal versions as well as people have different tastes and it is good to mix things up. The purist in me says that they are not right, the artist in me loves them. Yep, lots of fighting goes on in my head at times.

I'm glad though that it inspired a bit of a conversation as it's great to talk about different things than f stops and shutter speeds

#7 is my favorite BTW.
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Although they are technically wrong, 2 and 3 are my favorites in this set, maybe 4 too, they are so cute. They have a 70s look to them.


I like shooting portraits into the light also.
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