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Here's another portrait from me.. whilst still in the mood Wink
This one's from my Sister's wedding in Nerja last year. The young lady is my daughter, so once she finds out this will more than likely come down!
Again, like the natural lighting..

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah J x

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Title:Celebration
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:27 Jan 2011 - 4:44 PM
Tags:Celebration, Portraits / people, Wedding
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pentaxpete
27 Jan 2011 - 4:52 PM

Expression good but let down by the out-of-focus background clutter.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8528 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1092 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 4:55 PM

Everything that a candid portrait should be in my book - natural, spontaneous, dynamic, beautifully isolated, and with just enough context. Tell her it stays!
For pentaxpete, you could partially desaturate the background.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 27 Jan 2011 - 4:55 PM

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 4:57 PM

Thanks Peter, I understand that professionally! For me though it's a family portrait and I find the background appealing, it was intended that way but I appreciate your comment!

Moira, thank you very much, I'll tell her if she gets to see it, don't think it will help though Smile

Sarah x

Last Modified By Sezz at 27 Jan 2011 - 4:59 PM

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miptog
miptog  93532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 5:19 PM

You may want to try something like a 10 x 8 crop and just crop the very top of the shot.

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Scott_Scot
Scott_Scot  10 Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 5:19 PM

The young lady, (yer wain), is beautiful and the shot is nicely capturing a lovely relaxed moment. Everything about her works in this photo, ..... but, .... The human eye always goes to the brightest part of an image first and wants to return there again and again, so the background does take away from what would otherwise have been a cracker. Mind you I take loads of these during weddings and the background can be darkened and thrown more out of focus in P.shop so it can still be saved!



Scotty

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 5:24 PM

Thank you gentlemen, appreciated! Will have another go at the background and will upload a version - if it will let me Wink

Sarah x

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jackitec
jackitec  6 Spain
27 Jan 2011 - 5:31 PM

Very natural and lovely shot, hope you had a nice time in Nerja,

Jack.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 5:36 PM

Yep, keep 'em coming while you're still in the mood Sarah, nice to see some of those 'people things' in your PF, a lovely capture this one.

John Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 5:45 PM

Jack & John thank you!
lol @ 'people things' - I'm trying John Wink

Have uploaded a version, what do you think?

Sarah x

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:00 PM

lol the mod looks odd, have taken it down, will try again Smile

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:03 PM

V2 works better for me, Sarah.
Think I'd go even further with the backgound by darkening it a bit.

Lovely portrait.

Bill

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tigertimb
tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:10 PM

Love this Sarah; unforced, very natural and so obviously having fun Smile
Tim

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RobD
RobD  725 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jan 2011 - 6:11 PM

Another lovely natural portrait and great use of dof. Thanks for the best wishes for the trip
Rob

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:16 PM

The BG in this type of portrait, should always give a sense of occasion Sarah, and you've done that perfectly.

John Smile

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:32 PM

Another super portrait, Sarah, this time candid rather than posed. I agree with you about the background, it tells us something about the occasion and therefore adds to the shot, in my opinion.
TrevB Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 6:49 PM

Thanks everyone, your thoughts really are appreciated!
The version is back now, sorry abt that Bill - will leave it well alone now!

Sarah x

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 7:23 PM

Its and fine relaxed portrait capture Sarah, for me the crop does not work as well as Ver 1 as it focus you more on to the background.
Its good to get feedback but I would stay with version 1.
Regards Richard

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 7:26 PM

Richard, thanks for your thoughts, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x

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dathersmith
27 Jan 2011 - 7:40 PM

An excellent candid portrait Sarah and you have a beautiful daughter, the laughter and champagne glass capture the occasion well. If you wanted to try, this may work well as a mono with a vignette to focus attention on your daughter.

Lovely work though and I hope we see more of this from you.

Darren.

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RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 8:44 PM

A delightful image, Sarah. She's smiling so nicely, you just have to join in!

David

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BreadandShutter

well done sarah nice and relaxed always a winner

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27 Jan 2011 - 9:08 PM

A great capture Sarah,

Stace

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96431 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 10:02 PM

I think you should just leave it as it is. Smile

Just a lovely, spontaneous shot of your daughter, obviously enjoying herself, at a family wedding.

In fact, the slightly out-of-focus lady with the glass, for me, adds to the overall effect.

Years gone by this would have been a print from a negative and put in an album, so I hope this just does not get filed away on some hard drive and never seen again !

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27 Jan 2011 - 10:23 PM

A very natural and happy moment and you've captured it beautifully. .......Sandy

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lianna
lianna  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 10:51 PM

A beautiful natural capture Sarah!!! She is a beautiful girl and looks so happy!!! A pic to be proud of x x

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2011 - 11:10 PM

Good evening and thank you everyone for your encouraging thoughts - not something I do a lot of so a bit nervous uploading... saying that I would definitely like to do more Smile

Sarah x

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29 Jan 2011 - 9:04 AM

Nice shot there Sarah Wink

Kwai

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wolfy
wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Jan 2011 - 12:16 PM

Cant get the variant up Sad Nice shot, I agree with the other's Sarah to a certain degree, but like you have said in your comments, its a family type shot, not set up in any way! For me its a lovely natural shot and well captured!

Update, you sure this is your daughter Sarah? Looking at ur profile pic, looks more like your sister Wink

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2011 - 2:58 PM

Kwai, Wolfy - thank you Smile

Sarah x

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2011 - 11:35 PM

i love the natural caught in a moment type of image Sarah ,yes you could darken even more but, really
its a family image so no worries.
Tell her she looks lovely Wink
andy xx

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