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johnsonM86 Dec 3, 2005 7:35 PM

my friend just became an uncle and his sister wanted me to take some photographs of the baby. i had my lensbaby on at the time (i wish i'd had more), but i'm going back tomorrow to take some more shots of the baby, with one of my other lenses. I also took a few photos with my rebel ti 35mm film camera with the 50mm 1.8 on it, i'm hoping those come out ok. let me know what you think of these and if you have any suggestions for shots i could take in the next couple days that'd be great. Thanks.

-Mike j-

please go easy on me, i was usin the lensbaby with no aperture ring so i was shootin at 2.0 with maximum blur. really hard to find the sweet spot while using that. thanks for any suggestions you may have.

Hards80 Dec 3, 2005 7:50 PM

the last shot is kind of cool.. the blur works for you there.. if you were a little closer and just included the hands and baby i think it may have worked better..

i think with newborns black and white images are most appealing..

try to getmanyshots of the baby with its mother and father.. use the hands to convey both the connection between the parents and baby as well as to contrast the tiny size of the baby and contrast in texture.. the cliche baby hand grasping the fathers hand is always cute..


johnsonM86 Dec 3, 2005 7:53 PM

hmm.... getting the shots of the father and the baby could be a problem...
if you know what i mean. i doubt he even knows he has a child. sad but either way.
thanks for the suggestions.

what lens do you suggest i use for these shots? i was thinkin about the 100mm 2.8 macro to get real up close shots of the babies face. maybe the 50mm 1.8 on the 20D?

-mike j-

Hards80 Dec 3, 2005 8:06 PM

i think you could get plenty close with the 50 1.8 on the 20d and it would allow you to pull back for shots with mom as well.. plus i am not sure you are going to want the biting sharpness of a macro lens, it could emphasize the details too much if you know what i mean..


johnsonM86 Dec 3, 2005 8:17 PM

these details... which ones do you speak of?

Hards80 Dec 3, 2005 8:18 PM

skin tones and texture does not always look the best with a macro lens.. they can be too sharp.. thats all i meant..

johnsonM86 Dec 3, 2005 8:27 PM

gotcha. that could be edited away in ps though, but i'm not too good at that type of editing, skin tones and things i mean. wish i were more proficient at using PS, i feel like there's so much it has to offer but I'm not able to take advantage of it all. i have a PSCS book but going thru it isn't the most exciting thing to do with your time. a workshop would be great but idk if there's one around here.

-mike j-

E.S. Crawford Dec 4, 2005 12:37 AM

nice thread, mj.

i think the last one, #4, is a winner.

makes me wanna have one!:G


Hards80 Dec 4, 2005 12:49 PM

E.S. Crawford wrote:

makes me wanna have one!:G

a lensbaby or a real-baby?? :blah:

LBoy Dec 5, 2005 7:12 AM


I think these are the best I've seen so farfrom your new toy. I like them all. The first more.

I'll need to get a try of one of those little gizmo's one of these days.

Take care


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