My first shot of my eldest granddaughter...

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  1. Wizard1500

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    C&C wecome....Obviously, this is my first edit with a person in the shot....

    [​IMG]DSC_0381_lzn-1 by Carl Summers, on Flickr


     
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    watch your focus / shutter speed / shake.

    1/13 sec is too slow for almost any hand-held capture -- espeically at 180mm.

    At a minimum I would have shot this at 1/200 sec or so using VR.


    Otherwise, I like how you posed her, but wish you didn't cut off the top of her head.
     
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    Carl, she is lovely. The eyes are soft but that is probably because of the slow shutter speed. You were at 180mm, so you need a minimum shutter speed of 1/200 of a second minimum.
     
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    A little extra light wouldn't hurt a thing.

    With the overcast sky I think a reflector might have been just the ticket.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. I agree with the softness, and that's why I going to purchase the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens. Even at 1/250, that day, the eyes were soft. Thanks again for the c & c.....
     
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    I agree, and I had purchased a reflector specifically for for that reason, and of course, forgetful me left it at the house.....I need to make a checklist.....
     
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    A new lens wont help if you continue to shoot at an unrealistic ISO for the conditions which forces too slow of a shutter speed. (It's still a great lens -- just trying to make sure you're clear on expectations)

    A few of the shots on the flickr done at 1/100sec are much better in terms of sharpness, but the eyes are still soft because you missed the focus. See DSC_0358_lzn and DSC_0357_lzn. In the former, the focus hit her front shoulder, the later her furthest shoulder. Her sweater is sharp in those pics, but her face -- being outside the DOF -- is soft.

    The shots of her in front of the tree -- looks like the tree behind her is sharp.

    I probably would have shot these all closer to 800 ISO (considering the overcast conditions and backlighting poses) which would have enabled me to get the shutter back up to something more managable for tact sharpness.

    Then you really have to watch your focus points -- you may need to fine tune that lens. But most shots look like here face was never the focus point.

    The 85mm is a great lens -- it's one of the sharpest you can buy -- but if your technique still lacks, then it's not going to shine. Plus shooting at lower f/stops can only exagerate the problems when you start shooting paper thin DOFs.
     
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    I see that the EXIF was no longer attached, so we can't see where the camera focused, but to my eye, the subject's hair (on the edges) was where the camera focused, and then there is the long shutter speed issue.

    The 85 1.8 G is a fantastic lens, and you will enjoy it, but you need to get some of the basics down in order to realize the full potential of that or any other lens.

    BTW: Will you copy and paste the EXIF for us, please?
     
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    • FIFVersion - 1.01
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    Wow! That didn't even tell me what lens you used.
     
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    that lightzone software probably stripping stuff out.
     
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    Hi Wizard1500.

    Since the very top of her head is cut off, I scrolled the screen up to show what the crop would look like. IMO, cropping the top down to just a little above her left eyebrow, draws me in significantly.
    You will get lots of different opinions on it, but it absolutely makes a positive difference in my eyes.
    As is, it looks like she is looking towards me; with a the crop above the eyebrow, she seems to be looking AT me.

    Either way, be mindful of it in the future ;)
     

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