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10/18/2003 11:40:11 PM · #1
Spent a few minutes this evening trying to take some portraits of my wife. Any feedback, suggestions for improvement, praise etc would be very welcome.

Was trying to make the best use of some of the foilage here and the late evening sun.

Oct 18th Portraits

Message edited by author 2003-10-18 23:40:32.
10/18/2003 11:49:56 PM · #2
Very nice Gordon. A good looking model I must say. The image that worked for me most Was the close up of your wife (crw-5389). The light showed off her features well. also a very relaxed smile made for a warm portrait. nice job! Thanks for sharing

10/19/2003 12:03:56 AM · #3
I think I like 1054 the best, there something about the body posture and the expression that is both curious and witty. She's beautiful by the way.
10/19/2003 12:52:01 AM · #4
excellent shots gordon, the light was perfect as was the model! I would like to see a full lenght shot, and a 3/4 shot and maybe some with her hand near her face or flipping her hair back
fun fun fun... my girlfriend is always being asked to be a model too lol
also i prefer portrait mode or landscape mode with negative space like you have on 5420
oh yeah what exposure setting did you use. partial? or center weighted?
10/19/2003 02:37:39 AM · #5
I happen to like the 'caught-off-guard' expression in 5393. I like the pose, too. Nice work!
10/19/2003 01:46:25 PM · #6
Nice pictures! I would very much like to learn modell shooting!

I like CRW_5433 the best. I like how it looks 3dimensional, as the model stands out so much from the nice, not too blurred background.
10/19/2003 01:54:00 PM · #7
Wonderful shots. I like the first one the best (5387). But they are all very well done.
10/19/2003 02:48:45 PM · #8
Thank you - this is the second time I've tried to do portraits so I've still got a lot to learn!

Randy asked about technical stuff - they were all shot on manual exposure, metered off the skin on partial metering to get a reading and then adjusted accordingly
10/19/2003 06:16:56 PM · #9
Nice shots Gordon. I really like your use of light, and the backgrounds have been well and carefully chosen.

The first thing I've noticed after the above is that there's a lot of room above her head in a lot of the shots. This is true of 5387, 5393, 5410 and 5433. In these frames my brain wants to pan down. Contrast this with 5389, 5420 and 5431, where the composition is, for me, much more pleasing.

She also seems to be a little hesitant or perhaps uncomfortable in a few of the shots. The ones where she's looking away from the camera are much more natural and candid. It looks like you used the 70-200. I was using it to shoot some candids at a cross country race last weekend, and especially with the hood on, it makes some people apprehensive. It was designed as a portrait lens (according to the Canon EF lens 101 thing on their website) but it certainly puts some people on their guard. This is usually not good. I don't even bother to explain that my smaller prime lenses are sharper. I have to shoot some head shots for a friend's girlfriend in a month or so and am wondering if I'll get more natural shots with the 50 1.4 as it's the most non-threatening lens possible.

Message edited by author 2003-10-19 18:20:01.
10/19/2003 06:26:00 PM · #10
These were shot with the 100mm macro - for the reasons you mentioned actually. I've tried with the 50mm before, but found you really have to get up in someone's face to get shots this tight.

Some of the apprehension is based on the photographers lack of experience, some based on taking the shots in a public place I think.

Thanks for the feedback - I agree about the composition you mentioned too.
10/19/2003 06:45:50 PM · #11
Ah, nice. That 100mm macro looks like it might make a good Christmas present...very versatile...

If I were really into portrait photography, that 135 F2L would be the one for me. It produces stunning photos and everyone who has it raves about it.
10/19/2003 11:36:08 PM · #12
Originally posted by jimmythefish:

Ah, nice. That 100mm macro looks like it might make a good Christmas present...very versatile...

If I were really into portrait photography, that 135 F2L would be the one for me. It produces stunning photos and everyone who has it raves about it.

Its a great lens - though maybe a bit too long with the multipler for easy portrait work - something around the 100mm actual would be better maybe a 70mm
10/19/2003 11:44:12 PM · #13
The 85 1.8 might also be nice...or the 1.2 if your're hemorraging cash.

Message edited by author 2003-10-19 23:44:49.
10/20/2003 12:01:10 AM · #14
Nice shots Gordon. I really like the black and white for 5420-3 as it draws attention nicely to the highlights in your wife's eyes. I think the pose, especially the neckline, is the best in 5410. 5393 was a really good idea as well, the pose and the more candid nature as if she is looking at you, but the shadows are distracting. The real question is...what does She think? That's usually the best feedback you can get on portraits.
10/21/2003 09:22:42 AM · #15
She was really happy with them - enough so that I get to try again some time, which is the best outcome I can hope for. A couple of them printed really well too. Slowly getting better. Thanks for all the comments.
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