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    Riding the big blue curl in the San Diego Sun.

    Lovely shots! Great deapth of field, colours and clarity. Number 3 is great, such a feeling of motion in a still. Which beach were you on? It has been fantastic here in SD the past week. LJ
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    Fighter Pilot

    Thank you all guys, The inside of the snoot is black, and the whole thing is light secured, I will definatley experiment with other light set-ups. Really appreciate all the comments, LJ
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    Fighter Pilot

    Thanks for the replies, I will try to rig up some rim lighting; I think that should do the trick. LJ
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    Fighter Pilot

    Yes I know what you mean, I was having difficulty controlling spill, but in hindsight I probbly could have put the flash further away to increase the spill on the subject and managed the shooting position to control the light on the backdrop. LJ
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    Life Is Static Cumulative Project

    Its a nice idea and a good effect but the image does not stand alone without explaination; I have no idea what it means (maybe I am just not 'deep' enough). The coffee brush looks nice but again I am not sure what it has to do with the image other than to frame the subject in the bottom right...
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    BW Portrait

    Really nice shot IMO, great contrast in the B&W conversion which I personally love! LJ
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    Fighter Pilot

    1/400 f6.3 ISO 200. Single Strobe fired from 80deg camera right, homemade snoot to control beamwidth, fast shutter to control ambient. I was looking for a sort of meanacing look accentuating the equipment details. C&C Welcome as always, hope you enjoy, LJ
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    Not narcissism, necessity

    Thank you all for your replies, I think you might be right on the crop, I have plenty of space to expand the original out to the left and I think I may do that. As for the lighting setup, it is one strobe about 70 degrees left of camera and approx 3 feet away and on the same level, set to...
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    Not narcissism, necessity

    Thank you, yes the effect you are talking about is from post, it does have the effect of lightening the blacks. I am working with it as a style as it is a bit different and works with a range of different shots, I am hoping it will grow on you! LJ
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    Not narcissism, necessity

    Hi all, Well my long awaited off-camera lighting setup arrived today and with the wife away I was forced to model for myself... Anyway here are a couple of shots from my first foray into off-camera lighting, please feel free to comment / critique as you wish; it is always appreciated. Both...
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    Beach Life

    Sorry for the late reply guys, Thank you for the comments, the photo is actually of my wife and a friend, his wife is hidden just behind him. Fairly typical unfortunately, I am alwasy off shooting stuff while everyone else justs ggets on with life! LJ
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    Walk on by

    Part of another shoot, my lovely wife, assistant and all round crowd pleaser! Hope you enjoy, LJ
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    So, inspired by all your comments I just want to post one more shot. This early shot used fill flash and is properly exposed, and although I have kept the same tonal effect I have removed both the ugly vignettes and the halo artifacts. Unfortunatley the shot does not stand alone very well IMO...
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    Hmmm, I am not seeing that, the post workflow was simpley to adjust exposure, reduce saturation a touch then a tinted overlay set to colour dodge and the 2o/c spot lighting effect, which brought out a nice tone IMO but did produce the unsightly vignettes. I can't for the life of me see what...
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    Alpha, I agree, I do use on camera flash to fill (heck the D40 is actually very good at it with 1/500 synch speed) buti made the decision not to for these. Off camera is merely my next project an I believe will open up a huge number of options. As for the pp, yes, a couple of the false...
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    bash, Thank you, lots of great information for me here. I have not yet worked with filters or polarizers so I will look into that. I think your take on the 'good' photos is spot on, although #5 still does something for me! I can't wait to twist some more arms and try out some new things...
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    Beach Life

    ! I had almost given up any hope of feedback with this.... thank you. ... he burns easily :) LJ
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    Wow, thank you all for taking the time to comment! I understand the comments about the backgrounds and I am not sure whether I like it mself, not wanting to rule anything out though so thtas what i tried for these ones. Fill flash woudl have helped but I hope to move to off camera flash soon...
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    First Portrait Session (56kbs warning 5 photos)

    Thank you, my next step is to get some off camera flash and I have been getting some pre-purchase strobist time in!! by 'hot' do you mean almost overexposed? LJ
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    Margaret (not work safe)

    In my opinion number 1 easily; it is the most flattering for her and the most technically correct shot.
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