Okay, a portrait. Judge away.

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  1. stsinner

    stsinner TPF Noob!

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    I took this one of my daughters at Lake Dennison State park in Mass.. I thought the natural lighting was pretty good, shadows-just enough, lighted from behind by the sun, etc.. It was too blue, so I fixed that and did a little PP in the second photo. How'd I do, and thanks for the comments.

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    i like the black and white.. however, it looks like you did some blurring on the bottom... perhaps try cropping that out, because it is very distracting, and from a professional stand point, it looks like you screwed up the photo ( i know you didnt, but people who dont know photography might not know that)
     
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    I agree...the blurred version is very distracting. Cute shot...too bad she is holding that toy though. Maybe black and white without the blur would look good.
     
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    I just happen to have one of those kicking around:

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    yea that looks much better

    oh a side note... in your signature.. you have 50mm 1.8 and in brackets what a nightmare... whats that all about, because i'm getting one soon.. i've heard nothing but good things about that lens... have you not been having good experience with it?
     
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    I like it!
     
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    I agree with the black & white picture is the best one. But I am not sure about the slective coloring.
     
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    Well, I'm kind of broke, so I bought this old lens online for $54. The problem is that it's 100% manual, and I don't know enough to balance f-stops and shutter speed, and I also have to go into my menus and set my flash power very specifically since this isn't a cpu lens, and my camera can't meter with it.. The E-series lenses are all manual and designed for either the seasoned professional or the film cameras, but with my camera, it's a nightmare getting a good picture with it. The detail is amazing, but what I see in my viewfinder and what shows up on my view screen once I press the shutter are often two different things... I'm going to invest in the D-model, AF..

    This is about the best I can do with this manual dinosaur, and I don't know if it's too terrible, but it is what it is:

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    it'll come... just start learning more about the manual functions of your camera...
     
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    I love the B/w...I think it would make a world of diff if it was cropped though!
     
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    I think you may have over-blued it a bit. The crop on this shot is bothering me for some reason... I keep wanting it tighter and up and to the right more I think. Might be something to play with, and you could also crop out that distracting blue thing in your right-hand daughter's hand.

    Lighting from the rear is often rough and makes for some unfortunate pictures, but I think you managed to get away with it in this case. Just be wary.
     
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    Just a quck edit and dumbed down the blue about. Played with levels slightly. In my opinion this was a great shot, i just tend to lean towards the edit a little more. But very cute shot, and well done.

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