Discussion in 'General Gallery' started by stoic, Apr 30, 2008.
A picture of two sisters, my grandchildren.
Very pretty girls. They're going to break some hearts in the future! Good lighting in this shot. The colors seem a little soft though and the focus is a little off. Also, I'm not sure the crop of both girls' shoulders works for me. Maybe try a little more work in PP to make the shot pop.
I like the composition, though I (like emptypockets) might have been a little less aggressive on the crop. Not much, but some.
The picture seems almost intentionally soft... is that on purpose?
I would point you to my diatribe on sharpening in EW1066's post but it looks like an actual focus choice/issue.
Hmmm... now I'm looking at it again. Maybe it really IS a sharpening thing. You don't happen to be using a Nikon D80 do you???
The softening effect was deliberate. And the crop. The softening was done with a 'dreamy soft effect' free download. Actually the original looks a bit too sharp. It was taken with a manual focus SLR Nikon last year so we can't blame the D80. I also have to confess that I do own a Nikon D80 now and love it!
Ah, so my original take was right, but it was an after-shot processing effect. Well... cool!
Yeah the D80 is really a -sweet- camera. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to seriously get into the hobby/profession but doesn't want to dive into the "bigger" cams.
If an old man may make a comment, the soft focus made me think my eyes were off. In a close up such as this I think that you went too far in softening. I understand the reason for softness in portraits, but this was just a hair too much for my taste. But... if it was what you pictured when you took the picture, so be it.
Begging your Pardon, Your Honour. I would hate to "make an old man UNhappy". In my own defence might I plead that...
:er: I was only experimenting with my free download but it seems I took it too far. Thank you all for your constructive comments.
Chris, please don't call my D80 'SWEET'! Bad as calling a man 'sweet'. You wouldn't like that would you? I have used a friend's D100 also but prefer my own D80 as it fits better in my 'tiny hand'.
To me, it is a bit too soft.
I'd also crop it just above the 'Paris', because, IMO, the "too much below"
is somewhat distracting, but then, they are not my grandchildren...
It was more of a Cartman from South Park kinda sweet.
And yeah, I would take it as a compliment.
However, for the South Park-challenged: I think the D80 is a great camera (and by the way it kicks the crud out of the poor aged D100, which is still a great cam despite its age... note my signature.)
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