Attempt at a framed shot #2

WolfSpring

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I know the exposure on this shot is not the best. Had some problems today, didn't realize I was on manual and forgot to adjust my time, usually shoot Aperature priority. I think I got the framing thing a little better. C&C are welcomed and appreciated. As I previewed it I realized The top and bottome are different widths, I'll work on that later.

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Is this picture any better? I enhanced the color, a little, I'm not real good with PP yet.
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I like the curve your heads form. However, I don't think the tree growing out your heads is the most attractive POV.

I think I may have cropped a bit tighter so the sawed off end of the log is not in view.
 

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I think this is probably just me; and I have no idea the circumstances this photo was shot - i.e. photo for hire or friends you went camping with.

But if I were hired to take a family portrait of anybody, the first thing I tell them is to wear natural, solid color clothes. Not that it has to be a "uniform" but to me, this looks snapshot-ish (and it may very well be). The photo to me looks disconnected from a continuity prospective. Green flip-flops, gray crocks, 3 different color shirts - all with writing on it. I'm not sure I'd want to hang that print over the couch.

Honestly... not a photo thing... it's a clothes thing to me. Good job for the most part. You already have the "tree growing out of the head" comment.
 

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Well, it is yourself with wife and daughter, isn't it? Camera on tripod. Self-timer?

The camera was not aligned well enough, the horizon is slanted and with water as the background (which you cannot say was "a hill" ;)), it always looks somewhat disconcerting ... the photo will eventually leak ;)!

I feel that - assuming placing the tripod anywhere nearer to where you were sat was not an option at the time of taking the photo - cropping in post processing should be considered to eliminate anything that is distracting from the three of you. Which would be the blown-out water of the river, among other things, so get really close!

The frame as such looks good - plain black - and the second version is clearly the more pleasing to the eye.
 
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Yeah it was a quick shot of me my wife and youngest, we didn't go out with the intention of taking a "family portrait" we were out getting pictures of the scenery. I acutally used a remote for this shot. As far as it not being level, I'm not sure if my tripod was not leveled, which I normally do, or if when I flipped it up at 90 degres I didn't pay attention to the horizon. It's a POS tripod and a pain to tighten, it was like 15 bucks 5 years ago, bought it for my video camera. I am really having a problem with this horizon and water for some reason. Maybe my eye is sideways I see it now looking at it, but in camera it always looks straight to me I guess I spent more time on the log then the water. Ehh live an learn, wonder if I can squew it in PS then re-crop? Something to work on. Thanks for the comments
 
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Okay minus the tree and the remotes that we are each using does this look good for a crop and fixed horizon? Or am I still missing something besides so more minor color editing?

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No. Not missing anything. This is the good version. I think that with this one you're there.
 

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I like the new crop and I totally missed the fact that you were shooting this remotely.
 

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