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For Shane, I wasnt totally convinced about the selective colour either. Apologies to those who commented on earlier upload.
Forgot to say, bribed with a toffee apple for practice, nothing more nothing less. Thats why the title is as is, I got it right for a change and only had to do one adjustment in Photoshop otherwise straight out of the camera.
This is wonderful, the eyes, the toffee apple, the capture, the colours, the ideas, the composition......need I go on!
I like the composition on this. Looks like he is really enjoying the apple , and it does look juicy.
Looks like bribary works K. I'll have to try it with my wife and a G&T !!!
Ps. Hope you're feeling better today K.
's lovely, K. Another example of excellent child portraiture
Excellent shot - just love the expression - Sorry its next to my Duck's arse pic in the gallery. A flower would have been better next to your pic.
Click from me
Made me feel bad now!
Looks like he is enjoying that.Great photo.click
Lovely clear shot and very topical!
Great angle and crop, K - top work. Hope you're feeling better today.
Oh wow - what a brilliant portrait K - such gorgeous eyes! MMmmmm love those toffee apples too
Morning K! Hmmm....the eyes are really gorgeous, but that is only when i cover the toffee apple. 'Cos I currently found the red on the toffee apple too distracting that it really distracts me away from his lovely face/eyes. So, if your intention was to show off his eyes/face as a portrait shot, it doesn't quite work for me.
BUT since your category was "Close-up", i can certainly imagine this as a great advert image for toffee apples (cos that was what caught my attention)...and if so, it works! [His eyes seemed to say that the toffee apple was "heavenly"...]
Just my personal opinions... =)
Thanks everyone. Bit more explaination I think. This was just a test shot to get camera and lighting correct. My portraits have been lacking quality and sharpness as I struggled with the technical aspects of it. Having to sit and rescue an image in photoshop frustrated and annoyed me, I wanted to get this right so I could take things further. Last nights attempt was purely practice and I had to bribe Ryan with a toffee apple, he sat for 15 mins and I reeled off 122 pictures, only 4 were of duff quality. I changed lighting, camera settings all in those 15 mins and got some of the technically best to date. Now all I have to do is put the creative and the technical together. Thanks again.
Got yourself a heartbreaker there K.
Good angle to this fine portrait.
wow, K....really admire your tenacity and perseverance in pursuing a great shot!! Go, go, girl!!
Thanks all. Sze it was highly hilarious, wish I could put a montage together, I was almost crying with laughter at one point. K.
I bet you had a great laugh-kids are wicked fun to photograph.
u should indeed try to put a montage together (when u have the time)...the subject matter has lots of potential for a montage! =)
Like this although not a big fan of toffee apples myself.
Thanks all. K.
Love the picture. I'm sure he enjoyed the session too with that treat
mmmmmmmmm ..... munchies .... nice tooth rotting shot ... lovely
Thanks Sara and Fred. K.
Beautiful K. thank you for always commenting on my images, very grateful! Tara x
Lovely portrait, K. Haven't had a toffee apple for years! Click
Thank you both. K.
Great image, click Brian
Bribing young children with sweeties now K...that's terrible.
Good colour. Hate toffee apples, make face all sticky, break teeth, and make yer jaw ache. But, I suppose that's the fun of it all
Stick..errr I mean click.
lol I know, bad mum but it was so funny.
wow..this is great!-well done...
Twigs: (I'll bet ya it don't K. A virtual pint of Guinness in the EPZ pub is the bet.)
Just perfect. Some test shot!!
Don't you always get the best shots when you are not really trying. Love it
Thank you. K.
Crunchy sharp shot
Glad you're getting the technical aspects together. Go for it!!
Thanks Matt, I know the composition doesnt work but so chuffed for getting it right at last. K.
Great portrait! I love the lighting, and sharpness is spot on, as well as the colours. I think this is a quality shot.
Out of interest, what have you changed to get the result?
(Still Portaflash & brolley, black backdrop?)
Thanks Gemm. Matt positioning of the lights helped and dont know why but they wouldnt sync with manual on the camera before but they did last night which meant I could manually set the camera, worked brilliantly. Tried it with a white background too but I need to make a few adjustments to get that to work as well, too reflective I think.
Aaah! K, try these tutorial links on this site:
Studio Lighting on a budget
Studio Lighting Advice Part 3
Studio Lighting Advice Part 4
(All very useful
Thanks Matt. K.
Oh yes, just to mention, the *ist-D can do some odd things with auto flash especially in its P-TTL mode... I've not got to the bottom of it all, but have found that manual flash will give you much more consistency. Some subjects will come out perfect, others about 2 f-stops underexposed.
(If you don't have a flash meter, just guess and take test shots. e.g. use 1/125s at f11 and adjust the aperture depending on the histogram. Once you've got it right, you shouldn't need to worry too much more.)
Have fun, and do let us know how you get on
Well up to your usual standard K,.....regards....Ade
Just looking at your portfolio, you take the most perfect portraits,well done
Superb shot, K.
Amazing portrait K. Excellent colour and detail.
Great portrait although I think I would prefer eye contact but then again perhaps you have one..wish I was still getting bribed to have my photo taken!!
You really are very good at these. Love the pose and the lighting - especially the lighting. Excellent shot K,
Great Lighting K love the image
Another stunning portrait,love the angle.
Thanks all so very much. K.
A great addition to a very good portfolio.
Great shot, I can really taste that toffee apple...
Nice natural portrait K...the lighting works very well. And I like your craetive choice of angle as normal. (\/)
Damn you woman...41. I've left a virtual pint of Guinness for ya. I concede.
Very good indeed
Fine work indeed. clcik.
This is fantastic on so many levels, the dreamy look, totally absorbed by the toffee apple, the vibrant colours and the contrast against the background make this just soooooo good!. Click
Thanks all so much everyone. Steve thanks for the beer, enjoy your hat K.
Hi K - excellent - glad to hear you feel you're beginning to crack it - certainly looks like it here - the angle of light is spot on
an interesting point here and I run into it as well - is that the light has caught his hair parallel to his right cheek - it's a little distracting - creating a blur effect ??
I think in studio work which by definition is more formal - these little things become more significant - and I, more and more as I progress (ho! ho!), start trying to anticipate them
Thanks Dave, yes I hadnt noticed that before, attention to detail I can see I'm going to have to attend to. K.
takes me back to bonfire nights when I was his age!
click for the nostalgia.... and the top photo of course
I Luv Candy Apples and this shot makes it look Delicious! Big Click!
I'm starved, think I'll order a Pizza...hee hee!
Have a great day,
Thank you Suzan. K.
An excellent composed image well captured lovely expression and gusto at eating the toffee apple all portrayed in your wonderful image well done
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