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Old Jan 18, 2011, 11:20 PM   #1
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I would love some opinions about this picture. What do you think of the angle? Does the composition work? What would you do differently? Feel free to take and edit it to show what you would do differently with the PP. If you want, rate it on a 1-10 scale and explain why.
As usual, I am trying to learn so all compliments and (especially) critiques are appreciated.
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P.S. Just previewed it and it looks like I need to find out how to post the pictures and maintain the sharpness of the original.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 11:53 PM   #2
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nice shot would benifit from a psuedo hdr
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 2:55 AM   #3
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i agree, hdr would really bring impact to this already lovely picture
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I personally wouldn't go down the HDR route, it rarely works well or looks good with portraits.

I like the pose and the setting, the tilt works fine for me as well. The main thing letting it down is the exposure, it is very dark so needs some tweaking there. If you shot in one of the auto/semi auto modes then the sky and the snow are going to cause this. I always do portrait shoots in manual mode then there is consistency in all the shots of a series and you know that the background isn't going to cause a problem.

As for the sharpness in the shot, I'm not sure why it would be different to you viewing the shot on your PC. It is lower than the max res size and also than the memory size so there wouldn't be any changes made by the upload software.

Here is a quick edit that shows the sort of thing I'm thinking.
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 5:07 AM   #5
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I really like the picture but Mark you did make it a lot better, it seems you made the subjects people and truck stand out more as the main visual point. Mark's remake looks better to me.

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here's my take on hdr. i've done a lot of portraits of people as well on hdr and it's a matter of mixing to just the right amount for hdr to work on them.
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 10:24 AM   #7
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i havent got my noise progam installed yet for the sky psuedo hdr



or simply a low dynamic range version (psuedo hdr)

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Old Jan 19, 2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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By my lights, the crop is wrong. I would come in considerably closer, something like this (working from Mark's brightness adjustment):
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 7:11 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for your input and edits. I think I need to adjust my monitor settings because my original pic doesn't look too dark to me. I have also noticed that some of my prints are coming back much darker than what I am seeing on my monitor.
I don't know a lot about HDR, but I like what you guys did to the pic. I can see how it would work with some pictures and not with others.
My wife likes the close crop, but I like seeing the whole truck (although I might tighten the crop around it).
Again, I am grateful for the feedback and I am glad that, in general, you guys like it. As I said before, I am new. I know that others are seeing things that I am not, and also that sometimes I am trying too hard to see things that aren't actually there, or aren't a problem.
Thanks again for the help,
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BTW, Mark, yes, this was taken on the auto setting. I am gradually making my way into manual mode, but it is a slow process. I am finding that manual mode actually requires reading the manual. How wierd is that?
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 12:46 PM   #10
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Here is my take on it. Some areas I applied HDR some not.
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