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My son has wanted to play the French Horn since he was about 4 years old.
So six years have gone by, during which time he's had lessons for violin, which he doesn't love at all. I primarily took it to so his aunt in New Zealand could see his acquisition, but I'd appreciate your thoughts. - Thanks for looking. Mark
0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 35 mm

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:35.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 May 2012 - 7:18 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:New Challenge
Username:Timba_Limber Timba_Limber
Uploaded:1 Jun 2012 - 1:46 PM
Tags:Boy, Brass, Child, French horn, Instrument, Music, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2946 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 3:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The main issue I see is the colour balance. Its slightly blue overall, and looks better a little warmer. You can see it especially in his left knee.


Ive sorted it out in a mod, and sharpened, while reducing a little of the glare from the instrument. Your apreture could have been smaller, - f/1.8 gives very shallow depthe of fiels, and you could have stopped down a couple to get his near hand sharper.



Hope this works for you,



regards



Willie

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1 Jun 2012 - 5:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like your reflection in the flared bell of the French Horn, Mark. I would, however, have liked to see the bell in focus, like the tubing, which is nice and sharp with interesting highlights.
For the aperture you used, you focused correctly, but when using this aperture, you have to make decisions as to which areas you want in focus. Would you have liked your son's face and right hand in focus? I feel it would have been good to use a smaller aperture, especially to make more of a feature of the bell, with the hand and the photographer reflected. The bell takes up a large part of the image, and could be a much more prominent feature.
You chose a good plain textured background, but if you should try this again, and if you take up my suggestion above, you might like to consider that large reflection more, and position your son where there isn't such a large bright area being reflected in the bell.
Pamela.

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Timba_Limber
2 Jun 2012 - 11:14 PM

Willie, Pamela and Frank, thank you all so much for your encouragement. I think the biggest lesson I take away here is "You don't always have to use that lens at f1.8." I love the bokeh I can obtain with it, but sometimes as you all rightly noticed it's not such a good thing. Colour balance is a big headache for me, I have access to so many screens and each one gives a different temperature, I'm never sure what's right., but I will definitely be asking him to pose again, the problem will be what I'll have to bribe him with.

Thanks again for your help.
Mark

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