Morning Soldier

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  1. elsaspet

    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    I love this image for some reason, but I worry that the lighting is a bit much. I hope I don't wear you guys out with Air Force stuff in the next few days but I really need some imput on these photos. Since seeing my son at his graduation the other day, every photo of every soldier makes me cry. I can't even bring myself to work on my son's yet. A hard deal for a mom. :hugs: (I love my little Airman!)
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    it's a tough image to capture with the strong backlight...i guess a fill flash would have helped...personally i hate using a flash, mostly because i have no clue how to :-|

    are you trying to convey the feeling you feel when seeing these guys? do you just want help with the lighting?
     
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    Hi Jon and thanks!
    I suppose the reason it really "gets to me" is the loneliness and uncertainty that I've read into it. Instead of being tucked away safely at an Air Force Base, I image this young man looking apprehensively towards an unstable future on some battleground somewhere.
    I appreciate the annon of the soldier, as he could be any parents son. Just enough light to show he's a soldier, but not enough to reveal him. Does that make any sense? I just don't know that it conveys the same thing to anyone else, except us worried Mothers.
    Any wonders you could work with the lighting would be greatly appreciated. Like I said, I like the emotion of the photo (although it may be only my extreme emotional state at the moment), but the lighting to me seems to be on the harsh side. Do your magic JonMikal!
     
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    oooo... i like this.
    do you mind if i play?

    edited to add:

    as i said, i really like this image.
    i'd like to see the sky saturated a bit...
    and maybe a different crop.
     
  5. JonMikal

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    Cindy, if you have no objection to others having a go at this, just reply with an OTE.
     
  6. elsaspet

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    OTE you guys!!!! I know I'm in for some good stuff. Thank you both for taking the time.
     
  7. kalee

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    here's my take on the image.
    1. sky, saturated.

    2. sky saturated, lightened up the soldier a bit, and added a bit of noise.
    (i'm on a 'film look' kick)


    again, this is a great capture!
    nice job.

    thanks for letting me play.

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  8. elsaspet

    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    Oh, I love the first one. The second one has a bit of noise, but the first one is really beautiful. Thank you!
     
  9. JonMikal

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    i'm getting absolutely nowhere with this because i believe only you will see the message you're trying to convey here...you are tied personally and emotionally to this idea. i went with b&w to try and convey a dark uncertainty about his future...lightened the uniform, kept his face somewhat obscured and added a bit of glow <---- beats me why :greenpbl: i liked the way it looked. oh, you need to clean your sensor!!!

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  10. elsaspet

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    That looks great Jon! Is that what the problem is, the sensor?? I'll have to read up how to do that. Thank you!
     
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    Here was my try...
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    Hope you like it. :)
     
  12. 'Daniel'

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    I tried a couple of things -

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