Shots taken w/ my new (used) 20D and 50mm lense

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  1. J Crew

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    Well, I posted the first photos that my Wife took for critiqueing yesterday, and I got some good criticism and wonderful feedback... thanks everyone. So I decided to post some photos that I took with the used 20D I just bought. I took all photos with a 50mm f1.8 lense. All photos were set to an f-stop of 3.5 and ISO set at 400. I messed around with some post processing effects just to see what they'd look like. I already know some won't like the dreamy effect and the dragon effect that I ran on the first two photos. The others have no effects, just some tweaking to hopfully create some prints on the higher contrast side... as that is my preference. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

    - Jason

    PS - These are pictures of my driver where I manage a construction supply company. He's a very large man and has worked very hard all his life and I believe it shows. I wanted to try to capture another side of this towering man.

    #1 - dreamy effect

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    #2 - dragon effect

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    The dreamy effect just doesnt fit with a rough looking guy like that. I think the other shots and the b&w shots are outstanding though. Clarity is really sharp. Nice job!
     
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    I like your subject, he has charisma.

    The effect in second picture is my favorite, although I don't like how the border runs into his chin.

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    1 - His eye's are squinting wit the sun in his eyes. Also the soft effect doesn't work for me.

    2 is over processed and the central composition doesn't work there. Try cropping the right or left out.

    3&4 the focus look as though it's on the end of the nose meaning the eyes are slightly out of focus :( I'd have opened up the lens a bit to get the eyes in focus. Also a very central composition again.

    5. Not keen on this look. Again composition is central and the bright area on the head immediately draws the eye.

    I'm perhaps being a little overly critical though. He is certainly a guy with a lot of character and your images show this.
     
  5. J Crew

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    Thanks everyone for the input and positive comments. I really appreciate everything everyone has to say... this is a great community and site.

    Good constructive criticism, I appreciate all that was shared. I will look ahead on how I can correct some of these in future shoots. I agree 100% that the dreamy effect does not fit the subject, but I wanted to get feedback from others so I decided to keep it. The second photo was purposely over processed to try to create heavy contrast and hard lines in his wrinkles... but I can see how one would not like this look. On photos 3&4, I was purposely trying to focus on the tip of his nose, but I defenitely should have taken a few shots with different f-stops. Thanks again for the input as I see some things to improve on the I hadn't thought of before.

    - Jason
     
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    Personally I think you have too much of a bright look to get the full effect of a rough hard working person.
     
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    I re-processed the first photo for something different than the dreamy effect. Here it is.

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    That is much much better. Great contrast!
     
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    That border is REALLY distracting to me.
    I like the toned down processing that you did on the first one better. I think I prefer the B&W for him as well.
     
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    How do you do Dragon effect???
     

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