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Old Jul 30, 2007, 2:23 PM   #1
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Again first attempts with the new camera - just feeling my way around...


I know its a little dark but how are the composition, sharpness etc....

Thanks for the thoughts...
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Old Jul 31, 2007, 5:40 PM   #2
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Nice shot clean with nice skin tones...

maybe not cutting off the top of the head....................musket
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Old Aug 14, 2007, 11:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I really tightened in on his face because I wanted just the eye and the facial expression. Pulling back, leaving the full hat in, would have allowed too much background distraction. Least thats the way I felt at the time... :-)


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Old Aug 14, 2007, 5:52 PM   #4
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Good composition and cutting the head does not concern me, a slight adjustment to the cap to fully uncover the left eye would help this one out but that's about it really.

What camera and lens were you shooting with, also what settings?
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Old Aug 15, 2007, 3:09 AM   #5
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Yes I agree with Mark, also could be a little sharper.
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Old Aug 16, 2007, 11:43 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comments Mark.

I have a Fuji S5 Pro and was using a Sigma 18-200 lens. The settings were F5.6, 1/142, at ISO 200.

I've found that timing is everything in those situations. Here's one taken just a moment earlier, both eyes showing and the full hat.While I think it's a cute snap shot of my son, portrait wise it has a more distracting background and doesn't have the eye contact.


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Good camera for portraits so you are well set!!! I agree, you can see the chemistry in the first posted shot rather than the other and also your framing is considerably better as a portrait rather than a snap.
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I hope you don't mind I tried an edit with one, sharpened and background converted

to B&W .......................musket
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Old Aug 19, 2007, 8:00 AM   #9
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Not a problem Musket, thanks for taking the time.

I'm 50/50 on sharpening myself, sometimes it works great, other times it throws up little artefacts that weren't apparent on the original. I like what you did with the eyes though, made them really crisp.

Love the black and white background too. Its not something that I would have considered before, but your version really helped to reduce the distractions. Thanks!
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