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3 years 9 months ago #5597 by Bill
Here's was a quick shot of my Daughter Alicia.

I'm using a Nikon D90 - Photo was taken using natural light only

50mm prime lens @ f1.8 - 1/160sec - ISO:250

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3 years 9 months ago #5603 by Brent Ross
beautiful pop in the eyes,
I like the almost blown out skin, some may not.
I'm glad to see somebody get a nice pure black bkg, I've seen pics from people I know that were awful, like you could see wrinkles, gack.
I really really like this. great expression

I'd post to flicker and link it in message body. Think of poor poor greg's server space.

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3 years 9 months ago #5606 by Bill
Thanks Brent!

I'm still getting to used the forum, don't use any forums much :)
I've added my flickr link to my profile page.

Cheers!

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3 years 9 months ago #5612 by jerry
I like it, but I bet I know what Greg will say bout that watemark

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3 years 9 months ago #5615 by Gabe
Harsh light!! Love it. The eyes are nice and sharp. Love the heavy blacks and contrast. My only critique would be to change the aperture. To me, the skin and hair look too soft at 1.8.

Jerry's right about the watermark.

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3 years 9 months ago #5616 by Bill
Yea lol ... I only realised the watermark after I'd uploaded it :-/

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3 years 9 months ago #5617 by Bill

Gabe wrote: Harsh light!! Love it. The eyes are nice and sharp. Love the heavy blacks and contrast. My only critique would be to change the aperture. To me, the skin and hair look too soft at 1.8.

Jerry's right about the watermark.



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3 years 8 months ago #5620 by Brent Ross
I disagree with it being to soft at 1.8. I believe Bill was going for a dreamy type look. I think for this it works. I agree that most portraits should be shot at f/5.6 to like f/10, but 1.8 works here
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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #5665 by Conor Casey

Bill wrote: I've added my flickr link to my profile page.

I think what Brent meant was to link the image to the site via Flickr. A description of how to share images via Flickr can be found in the Help section .

Never mind though. The image looks good to me. A few pieces of advice I can offer are as follows. The watermark is hideous. It's not the worst in the world I've ever seen but it is pretty distracting nonetheless. My advice is to lose it as it takes away from the photo. :)

Secondly, I think you should watch for strands of hair blocking subject's eyes in the future. The eyes are important and should not really be obstructed. I understand it is difficult if you are shooting informally or candidly, particularly with children, but it is something to watch in the future if you want to get really good at portraits.

In terms of what aperture to use, I think the one you used looked fine and the eyes look sharp enough. They could be sharper, but I suspect that is the use of a lower quality file for upload as opposed to poor technique/missing the focus/wrong aperture choice. That's really it on my behalf. I don't take a lot of portraits so my advice could be of limited use but I hope I helped. I like the image. :)

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3 years 8 months ago #5685 by Bill
Cheers! ....... all advice received with thanks! B)

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3 years 8 months ago #5710 by damon
HI, Damon here. I think this photo was striking and stunning. Being a newbie, I sorta know what to look for and you nailed the contrast in my opinion. The eyes popped great, so great claarity on that. I DO think the hair is too soft but all depends on your purposes for the image. I enjoyed the almost blown out skin... brings attention to the photo. All around, you did great. Please critique my photo. Thanks.

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3 years 8 months ago #5752 by Bill
Much appreciated Damon!

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