Candid Portrait

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  1. theusher

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    I was photographing my parents new puppy, and I decided to check for reactions of my family instead of taking the umpteenth picture of the dog. I thought this one came out very well, a nice mixture of true emotion and color. Since the lighting in the space was poor, I had to bounce my flash off the ceiling. I would like to hear your opinions of it, good or bad. ;)

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    I like it. I love the DOF and the colors and the expression! I think a little off the top might be better... but I could be wrong... :D Great shot! :D
     
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    I like the DOF also. the colors are good too. and yeah, maybe a little more off of the top might be better.
     
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    Appreciate the comments, I'll look into the crop idea, thanks. :)
     
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    just wanted to let you know... I have been thinking about your picture this evening... and it makes me so geeked about getting a flash that bounces off the ceiling. To see what that can produce is so cool! Thanks for sharing your picture.
     
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    definetly good. its a cool picture...i wood guess the guy's looking at the dog but it almost looks like theres nothing distracting him...like he's just laughing. i may b crazy. but its good.
     
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    I want a flash other than the one that is in my camera! *pout*

    But I would crop this for sure.
    For me there is no doubt this one needs a crop.
    And it should be in People and Pets.
    So I think it will move over now ;).
     
  8. theusher

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    So would you suggest an irregular size crop, (ie just taking a little off the top) or going tighter all over with the shot?

    And yes being able to aim the flash is huge imo. I also have a light sphere for it, but it was not on at the time I had left it home.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, if you don't mind "sacrificing" his one knee, then I would crop in from above and from the left to his shoulder ... this is me speculating about it, I haven't done the crop as yet other than in my mind, so I don't know if it still looks good.... :scratch:
     
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    I would consider taking a bit off the left along with the top. Have you considered cloning out the flare in the background?

    Pete
     
  11. theusher

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I think the flare was actually the tv set reflecting in the window. Doesn't look too hard to remove.
     
  12. theusher

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    I take that back. With my meagerly horrid photoshop skills, I cannot so much as remove that flair with the clone tool. It just ends up looking worse than if I leave it there. I'm so annoyed with myself right now, the stupid flair can stay there.
     

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