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09-10-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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You see the problem with all but #1 and #4, don't you? Remember, when you photograph, you aren't capturing a subject -- you're capturing LIGHT. In most of these pictures, the subjects are flat- or back-lit, so their features have little contrast and dimensionality. The faces are drowned-out by the brighter backgrounds. Some fill is needed. Even on-camera flash would help; side-flash or a reflector would help more.

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Some classy looking portaits - particularly number 1, which I think is great. I much prefer a photo like this to those produced in a studio or with all kinds of light-modification gear.

My wife and I lived in Watertown in the early '70s, so I know (at least I hope I know) I'm looking at the Charles in the background. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've stood very near to where these lovely ladies are standing, but I can't place quite where this is - can you enlighten me?

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You just can't go wrong with pretty ladies to photograph and I really like the colors in 1,4 and 5. Many times it is hard to control the outdoor lighting, but I take the photos anyway as a remembrance photo of a fun time. If I had to keep only the perfect photos, I wouldn't have any. Bob

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You see the problem with all but #1 and #4, don't you? Remember, when you photograph, you aren't capturing a subject -- you're capturing LIGHT. In most of these pictures, the subjects are flat- or back-lit, so their features have little contrast and dimensionality. The faces are drowned-out by the brighter backgrounds. Some fill is needed. Even on-camera flash would help; side-flash or a reflector would help more.
Thanks for the critique. Yes, I know... I tried to use my YN-560 flash, but didn't know how to use it properly. I used the flash's incorporated diffuser, which unfortunately didn't allow enough light to pass--or my settings weren't right. The problem was to make the light hit the subject; it's not easy to estimate the area light will cover when the environment is still filled with natural light. Easier in the dark, with the trial and error method. Anyway, it was meant to be a learning session--my second 'external flash' session. I need many more such sessions to familiarize myself with the flash. But I had some good, direct natural light for about 10 minutes, and I got some good shots (only two of which I included here). On the other hand, I liked the postures in a number of the 'bad' photos.

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You just can't go wrong with pretty ladies to photograph and I really like the colors in 1,4 and 5. Many times it is hard to control the outdoor lighting, but I take the photos anyway as a remembrance photo of a fun time. If I had to keep only the perfect photos, I wouldn't have any. Bob
Thank you, Bob--pretty much my thought) Plus, my most successful PF sets included at least a couple of female portraits
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Some classy looking portaits - particularly number 1, which I think is great. I much prefer a photo like this to those produced in a studio or with all kinds of light-modification gear.

My wife and I lived in Watertown in the early '70s, so I know (at least I hope I know) I'm looking at the Charles in the background. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've stood very near to where these lovely ladies are standing, but I can't place quite where this is - can you enlighten me?

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Thank you for your kind words, Jer. I took these pics near Harvard Brigde, MIT behind us.
Here's a photo that better reveals out position:




And two more of the generally preferred kind:




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Thank you for your kind words, Jer. I took these pics near Harvard Brigde, MIT behind us.
Here's a photo that better reveals out position:

And two more of the generally preferred kind:
Ah, thanks my friend - that's just east of where we lived on Arsenal St. - no wonder it looked familiar. I did research in a now defunct Army research lab, and used the MIT library often, since it not surprisingly contained every chemistry journal published on the planet (and maybe a couple of off world ones too!).

Thanks also, for the additional pictures. The first really brings back the memories and thanks for posting additional pics of such an attractive subject. I dig the look on her face in the "middle" shot with the sailboat on the right edge of the photo. Super job.

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Here's a photo that better reveals out position:
The last two are very good, especially #2 of the three. You see what an impact the 'modeling' light has, really bringing out her features. Yes, pretty models are great. Pretty models with flattering light are even better!
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I like the third one in the first series. Very pretty. Great capture of the Red.
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