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  1. Bee Bee

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    Hi, I'm pretty new here so bear with me! These are some shots I took last week with my Canon 450D. Unfortunately it was really windy so that sand was blowing all over! Any critism appreciated! xxx:sexywink:

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  2. Kimba

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    i'm new to this so not much for you but i love #2. it's very strong
     
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    I like 2 a lot. Was quite surprised by it. The legs in the background are unfortunate, as I think the shot would be even better without them. Still, the crop is kinda wrong and very cool at the same time. You cut her head off! Yet, it seems to work. Texture in the oversized sweater, texture in the sand, neat three-side frame including the sand toy. Really very nice.

    The first one is a cute moment. I would try pushing the contrast up.

    The third one didn't work for me... post processing is a bit too evident, I think the scene wanted landscape more than portrait as the sky isn't interesting enough to pull your attention up... also there's something wonky going on in the space between the shed things and the sky.
     
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    Thank you - I would have loved to have taken the legs out of the second one but I am not experienced enough to attempt it! I'm glad you like the 2nd one manaheim - I was going more for the textures in the photograph than the actual shot as I felt they really contrasted well. I didn't want to take just a plain old straight photograph either!

    The third one is a difficult one - the huts themselves were wonky and also the ground behind was wonky too - is there any way I can rectify this in PP? Also do you think that cropping the picture would give the effect of landscape rather than portrait? Thank you again for your comments - I need CC from other photogs so that I can improve! xxx
     
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    I agree with Chris in his comments regarding your middle image. Despite her head being cut off, it works because the rest of the image is composed well, with excellent range light to dark. And the child's hands are so expressive. Your image really catches the feeling of wonder and intensity of a child's world.

    There's appropriate depth of field, with the child (and especially her sweater detail) in focus, and her mother's legs not in focus. The mother's legs not being in focus makes them more of an abstract compositional element and not so distracting from your main subject, the child and her involvement with her bucket.

    I'm afraid I also agree with Chris regarding the beach huts.

    Even if in PP you were to burn the clouds in more, there isn't enough connection between them and the lower portion of the image. I like your idea for the selective colouration.

    Perhaps shooting from a different angle would have provided a more balanced composition?

    Something I like in all three images: your exposure. Shooting at the beach can be quite challenging. It's easy to blow out highlights or lose shadow detail. You've done very well avoiding both.

    I'm looking forward to seeing lots more of your photos!
     
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    i like the composition of all three shots ... the selective color shot (#3) is nice but I think it would've been better if you had left it all b/w.
     
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    Wow - I can honestly say you have made my day! I think the problem with the beach huts I was about 3/4 of a mile away from them and so didn't have enough scope to play around with angles etc as they were across the river!

    I love that you got the expressiveness of the child's hands - it's actually my niece and at 22 months she is the most expressive child I have met! Everything is Wow! And Look! But not only is she verbally expressive, she is physically expressive also which makes her an absolute pleasure to photograph.

    I am also so chuffed that you think my beach pictures work - I have major admissions to make here - although I have been taking pictures for a while, I own no lighting equipment whatsoever and literally rely on natural light ( although I find that more fun!) and the beach is my favourite place to take pictures as it's my favourite place to be! I shall upload some more pictures for you to CC - I need as much as I can get as I am studying at the moment - and my current module is for a local travel brochure so with the beach being local I wanted to concentrate on that, and also I am a perfectionist and so CC is so important to me to get things just right - also no one I know is serious about photography so although they can say they think my pictures are good I never take that as a qualified opinion if you know what I mean!

    Anyway enough waffling from me - I am so grateful for the CC and will continue to shoot the beach!! Now off to dig out some more beach pics for CC!

    One very happy smiley Bee!:)
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    I didnt like the first shot at all ..it was out of focus and just seemed like a snapshot. the second has been spoken for well by everyone else so i agree and the third should have stayed either in color or all b&w selective coloring has its place and that shot wasnt it.
     
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    question: what does it mean when someone says "it looks like a snapshot"?
     
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    Not much attention paid to composition and generally something that appeals only to the person who took the image- as would be the case of of a shot of some friends drinking beers over at your house one Christmas eve or some such.

    I STRONGLY disagree with the assessment that the first shot is a snapshot. I think it needs some work, but there is emotion and compositional care in the image.
     
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    thanks
     
  12. Markw

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    I like 2. I agree with boosting contrast in 1. Selective coloring is almost never accepted here, so youre brave posting #3. :lol:

    Mark
     

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