Wife's eight month maternity shoot

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  1. crimbfighter

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    My wife is 8 months pregnant with our second. Needless to say, the second pregnancy has been much less photographed than the first. We braved the cold the other day to dedicate some time to get some maternity photos of this pregnancy. Here are my favorites. All shot with my Nikon D800 and 70-200 f/2.8 VRI. As always, C&C welcome.

    1. My overall favorite. 200mm, f/2.8, ISO280, 1/250 sec
    March Maternity Shoot-4.jpg

    2. 200mm, f/2.8, ISO200, 1/320sec
    March Maternity Shoot-1.jpg

    3. 200mm, f/2.8, ISO100, 1/2000sec
    March Maternity Shoot-8.jpg

    4. This one doesn't scream "pregnant" but I liked it. 135mm, f/2.8, ISO200, 1/640sec
    March Maternity Shoot-2.jpg


     
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    Lovely.You did well.
     
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    Lovely set, 'though in #3, I would be inclined to either crop the whole face out, or leave it in... the "half face" doesn't work for me.
     
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    Beautiful and congrats to you and your wife on new expected baby ...beautiful wife and lovely photography
     
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    Congrats on the new addition to the family. I like #1 too, you have a pretty wife, she has that expecting glow. :)

    BTW, any chance you had VR engaged? I see some nervous bokeh in #2 & #4 especially.
     
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    Beautiful photos, beautiful wife, congrats on the coming blessing!
     
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    I would agree with these two posters. I think you should crop photo number 3 just below her chin and maybe cut off a bit of the right hand side too, just to put a little bit more emphasis on her. Maybe even consider cropping this to a vertical. The background in this case does not really do a lot to further the composition.
     
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    Congrats, lovely set
     
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    Absolutely gorgeous set.
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thank you, both! I appreciate the feedback. I do have a few that showed her face. I was aiming for the emphasis being on the baby bump, but liked the expression visible on her mouth. Here are two that show different composition with #3.

    Portrait orientation.
    March Maternity Shoot-9.jpg

    Slightly wider horizontal crop.
    March Maternity Shoot-10.jpg
     
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    Thank you, all!
     
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    Thanks JBPhotog! I did have it engaged. I'm not sure if it contributed to that or not. I think that is actually being caused by tree branches. The reflection in #2 has very fine tree branches in it, and in #4 I was actually shooting through come pine branches, which now that I look closer, clearly caused the strange shadow lines in the bokeh. The images themselves are sharp, especially #4, which is tack sharp, so I don't think it would be possible for VR to have been the cause of bokeh issue. I could be wrong, though!
     

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