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Old May 2, 2015, 6:52 AM   #1
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Three generations of a family I photographed last year

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eg. could be cropped for forum insertion



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Old May 2, 2015, 7:21 AM   #2
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Since you've posted this in the Photo Critique section, here are some comments:

1. I prefer the cropped version which shows off the faces. It also eliminates some of the footwear that have been cut-off .
2. The speckled shadows from the tree are quite distracting. Not sure if some fill-in flash would have helped. I'd have preferred some even lighting.
3. One the one hand it is nice that Grandpa is enjoying a special moment with the little one. On the other hand, everyone is looking at the camera except the two of them. I think this would have worked better if it was just Grandpa and the little girl. I guess, I prefer a more consistent look to the poses.

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@ Wingman ..Welcome comment, a flash was used but wasn't strong enough to eliminate the shadows.

Portraits in the past were always people sitting in front of the camera and not doing anything particularly interesting, but to get something a bit different, better poses are the in-thing these days lol

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the shadows completely ruin the photo
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@ kazuya Thanks for the comment....But...

how many images can you find on a search on Google labelled 'dappled shadow'?

eg http://goo.gl/uUcBGN .. It is a facet of photography....lol

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Haha! I'm with you Musket! Thanks for showing me I'm not alone.


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Sun light and dapple can be great if used at the right time




but for a family portrait I think it is at the wrong time ... you did right positioning them under the tree and in the shade but by throwing a flash (speedlight) in there too would have changed the outcome all together.

HOWEVER THIS BEING SAID .... If you are happy with the photo and the family is too thats all what matters
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@ Hawgwild That's a beautiful photo with rich colour and the dapple enhances it.

@ simple an SB800 was used but maybe didn't lighten the shadow enough. But the faces are easily recognisable. so I haven't marked it off.
it's a lovely scene you have posted, but I wouldn't say it represents dappled shadow.

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Hagwild's image seems to have very uneven lighting (shadows and blow-out higlights on the forehead of the girl on the right)--again, two very distracting elements for me. Simple's image on the other hand has nice uniform lighting on the subject with the shadows on the surrounding area which suits my preference. Just my 2 cents!

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