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A girl who is looking forward to her wedding but her father is so very poorly, being comforted by her fiancÚ just weeks before the wedding.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Thinking of loved ones
Username:tompkinsaj tompkinsaj
Uploaded:25 Oct 2012 - 5:41 PM
Tags:Comforted, Engagement, Fiance, Love, Moments, Portraits / people, Together
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 7:13 PM

Almost stopped commenting on logos, but this one is just a bit big. Not needed in a critique section. Difficult to say nice image as the sadness does show although it needs your explanation. Possibly a little over exposed but you give us no EXIF.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
25 Oct 2012 - 9:37 PM

Even I, the champion of logos, think that that one's a bit big!

As Paul says, It looks a little overexposed but the background's suitably blurred and there is a genuine hint of sadness about it.

Bren.

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Robert51
Robert51  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 10:02 PM

Great picture that captures a special moment.

I have uploaded a mod where I added a little soft focus and grain. Then converted to a soft black and white.

Hope you like it.

Robert

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tompkinsaj
25 Oct 2012 - 11:08 PM

Thanks guys, sorry about the logo but I've had so much trouble with people using images, trying to crop water marks out etc. I suppose it's really hard to decide on if or how big to watermark :-/

I like the black & white - think it draws more attention to the feeling of the picture as the colours are quite distracting.

With regards to exposure I do tend to do my pictures to the right of the histogram... Maybe I got to carried away with it. I find it really hard to process images as I probably lack confidence in my opionion. Plus it's been a while since I've put stuff on here :-0

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Jestertheclown
26 Oct 2012 - 7:35 AM


Quote: Thanks guys, sorry about the logo but I've had so much trouble with people using images,

Trouble is, anything that you post on the internet is pretty much 'fair game' and logo or not, if someone wants it, they'll just take it.
Opinions re. including logos on here are divided. Most of us don't take much notice of them while others complain every time one turns up.
Personally, I'm not usually concerned by them. The one on your previous images, for example looks OK, in my opinion.
This one though, really is a bit big.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 9:20 AM

Good image, I get a feeling of sadness. I think I probably like the BW version more.
Seeing the logo does not really bother me even though its big. I'm sure you know it would not stop a really determined person using the image. It would make someone move onto the next image to steal. Bit like leaving your lights on when you go out for the evening..
Its only any good for internet use. I've had load of written and graphic work taken from my sailing web site and photo sites. I just take it as a complement.
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 9:27 AM

You can embed logos and copyright watermarks of course. I realise that even a 600 pixel image can be pinched for a website and I have seen some of my shots used without permission. (I have, on a few occasions, been asked if shots could be used too, and look at the libraries Low res images on the screen but still OK for websites, so libraries are dangerous too!.) Obviously such tiny images are of little use in publishing. The only answer is not to put anything on the net that must not be stolen. Not very practical.

I think, when you are shooting portraits, weddings etc., and using the net to show/sell your images, then that is where you will get images stolen on a very regular basis. That is when you do need a nice big logo smack across the image.

I never have anything to do with the social networking sites other than Picasa and Flickr, and even those rarely. They are hotbeds of nicked images, but people will put them on in the first place.

Sign of the times I fear. The internet is not always a good thing, not by a long chalk!

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 9:34 AM

Yes some members do comment most of the time - I doubt any comment all the time but there you go. This is really too big though and will not, as has been mentioned many times, stop images being taken but generally I have not heard anybody complain about images being stolen from epz. (No doubt somebody will tell me by return of post!!) what is does do of course, is spoil the viewability of an image.

Although I find the skin tones a little burnt out, it is nevertheless a nice image with good differential focussing and I would have liked to see your EXIF as that forms part of the general arers for critique. Seems like a nice lens 70-200 f2.8 - I am looking to get something similar for my Nikons, probably the 70-300 f2.8.

Frank

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Jestertheclown
26 Oct 2012 - 12:53 PM

Just a thought while we're on the subject of logos/watermarks.
You might find this or perhaps this helpful.
Both methods work although some images are more suited to one method rather than the other, so you'll want to experiment perhaps.
For what it's worth, a member once posted an image with something written across it using the method in the first link and a few of us tried to find and remove it without outwardly altering the image in any way.
None of us succeeded.

Bren.

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