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I recieved a sony a35 for christmas. It is my first 'proper' camera. I've only ever used compact or mobile phone cameras. none of which have had changeable lens and all have been used as point and shoot. this was taken as abit of fun and practice in field of depth.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha A35
Lens:Sony DT50mm F1.8SAM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 May 2012 - 9:19 AM
Focal Length:40mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Portrait
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:windy miller
Username:Grilla Grilla
Uploaded:25 May 2012 - 6:09 PM
Tags:Humour / fun, Ornament
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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 6:25 PM

As a bit of fun this works, as does the use of depth of field. Minor crits are the fact that it is not quite level.....and the dark patch bottom right catches the eye. Have fun with the new toy Wink

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 6:28 PM

I think you are doing well...
The focal point nice and sharp..
DOF is very nice...
May be give a bit more colour so it adds a bit of punch to image...

Dave

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Jestertheclown
25 May 2012 - 9:27 PM

Hi Brian,
Different isn't it?
The DoF. has worked for you. As has been said, the bottom RHS needs tidying up and it's slightly crooked; all easily taken care of in software.
I've also pushed the colours slightly, just using 'auto tone' and a slight 'S' curve to increase the contrast a little. Finally, I sharpened it a touch. That's not to say it desperately needs it, more that mods. often lose some sharpness in the upload.
All done in CS6.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Edit; I cropped it to 8x10 as well. Sadly, in doing so, I've chopped off the bottom of the figure.
My mistake, not yours!

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 25 May 2012 - 9:29 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 10:31 PM

A nice bit of fun, Brian, as well as a successful exercise in the use of shallow depth of field. You have left sufficient space between the figure and the windmill in order to achieve your blurred background.
Windy is leaning slightly to the right, as is the windmill, something you could easily correct in editing. However, you will lose some from the picture edges in so doing, so it's better to get it right at the time of shooting. You might prefer to consider leaving a bit more space around your subject to facilitate cropping later. As it stands, the image might benefit from a little more space at the bottom, below the figure.
I think your chosen subject is good, it's colourful and engaging, and the windmill in the background is perfect. You have placed Windy nicely to the left, and have the windmill slightly to the right of him, making an interesting composition.
I think the dark triangle bottom right is the edge of your table, and you should try to avoid intrusions like this when shooting, though it would be easy to clone out.
Nice work,
Pamela.

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 3:06 AM

it's good. i think the black on bottom right you don't see it when you took the image. i often did it.

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Grilla
Grilla  5 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 - 5:41 PM

thanks for all the comments, the annoying black triangle in the bottom right is the edge of the window ledge the models were positioned on.
I tried to cut out the window and the edge of the ledge when i took the photo, the lesson there would be, leave it in and edit later on the PC.
I hadn't even noticed the slight lean.
cheers Brian.

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