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Hatfield Forest 5

By johnnyboy114  
This one is a bit different to the rest....I put this on a 300mm zoom and shot it from a distance, wide open to get the compressed background and got the light through the trees behind me. The comp was a BIT off, but I liked the pose and the DOF with this. Love to hear what you think so as usual, crit and comments welcome

Tags: General Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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jools59 9 4 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2010 10:48PM
I think you cracked it!!!!...superb...good comp, great lighting, and awesome pose....very well done!!!...Jools Smile

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tony64 14 204 9 England
30 Apr 2010 11:12PM
Yes, this is a cracker Johnny! Love the pose, the lighting is great on her and the blurred bg sets the whole thing off so well.
It's a great concept and Dave's Motel idea is definitely where to take this next!
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 1:03AM
Now , thats good Johnny !

Might be a bit forced (nipped app p.s) , but its singing a bit of bokeh and depth. Quality large.
1 May 2010 7:25AM
Nice shot
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 7:50AM
Wow, thanks guys! I wasn't sure about this one. Its one I like, but not one that people have pointed out when they have seen the images, so didn't think I would get much back on this one, but thank you! Appreciated!

Eviscera, yeah, well spottied, it was a touch pushed in terms of colours and contrast, but thats kind of what I wanted to get. I know this is also going to sound like and excuse, but my camera is only 6mp and its so hard to actually get good results with PS sometimes...I have worked on RAW files from cameras with 14mp and it makes quite a difference...shouldn't think it would on colours and contrast, but weirdly it does....anyway, no excuses. You got it in one. This is right on the edge. The original file was quite nice as it was actually, but there were some flat colours that I wasn't keen on, but the rest is as it was. No cloning, no manipulation and just colours and curves.

So thank you all of you! Really appreciated. Its not the best lens in the world, but its not done a bad job I think.... Smile
1 May 2010 12:00PM
beautiful cowgirl! good idea to use the 300mm for the blured background it is a good way to obtain it if you don't have an expensive big aperture lens, I am glad that canon has a very cheap 50mm f1.8 lens i like it a lot for blured backgrounds.
her pose and especialy he look are terrific
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 12:07PM
Thank you Paola! Yeah, apart from my 50mm, which is an f1.8, I don't have anything thats too wide, so the 300mm had to be it. My 50mm is also an old manual focus lens too, and with a digital camera, I am not too good with the manual focus! lol! So went with the compression of the background as well, and I feel its worked well! The look is all hers though...I just told her to bring a load of clothes with her and she decided....all her own style. These Polish women eh? Wink lol! Thanks again Paola! Appreciated! Smile
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
1 May 2010 2:42PM
Great 'jaunty' pose. I really like that, and the softened DOF with the use of the long lens works. The shadow caused by the rim of the hat is a problem as one can't see her eyes properly. I know you were working in difficult lighting conditions as it's very bright, but I guess this is why a portrait tog will say that they love overcast dayas becasue it's as if the cloud creates one huge soft box. With contrast like this, one can understand that sentiment. But, I bet she loves this shot as it gives her the impression of a happy, cheeky fun loving girl.

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 2:46PM
Yep, absolutely Dave, the rim light was a bit of a problem, but when I got her to look up a bit, the light was bright and into her face, even though it was late afternoon and made her squint a bit too much, which is a shame. So this was the best compromise...I agree with you on that. I would have preferred the light to have been how it was earlier in the day, which WAS as you explained (and I will post some shots with light like that later, so you will see what I mean), but it started to get gradually clearer, which as it happened, benefitted the afternoon flash shots, so I guess swings and roundabouts Smile I like it though for the pose and the background and so does she. She loved this, so guess not all bad Smile
Cheer Dave, glad you liked it
Richsr 11 91 223 England
1 May 2010 7:33PM
Like the pose and smile Johnny - good work with the 300 lens.
Regards Richard
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 7:34PM
Thanks Richard! Appreciated!
MattyEdwards 11 44 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 4:14PM
My favourite of these Jonny, I like her pose and the DOF works well. I would perhaps like to see more of her as I can imagine this pose works well down through the hips and legs. Nitpicking though. Good work

She looks fun to work with
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 4:38PM
Cheers Matty, I do have some full length shots of her which I will probably upload at some point, so glad you like it. I have full length, 3/4 length and this kind of thing from this part of the shoot, so hopefully will find a balance on all of them. I just liked her pose and expression in this one. But cheers, she WAS very good fun to work with and also quite easy as she knew exactly what she was doing....always helps! Smile Thanks again!
Orinoco 9 7 1 England
19 May 2010 10:36PM
i like this shot, the pose and position of themodel works well

but a touch of reflected light under the rim of the hat would sort it out a treat

well done

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 10:57PM
I agree Adrian, but was only me and her on the shoot with limited resources, so had no-one or nothing to hold a reflector with, which was annoying....oh well, can't have it! Thanks again though, glad you like it! Smile
studioline 8 72 4 United Kingdom
27 May 2010 11:13PM
Cracking shot and the best one of the series I have seen so far. Now I think it is so because you used proper lighting as opposed to shaded work. The background is great. Would have been nice to reflect some light with a whte reflector back under the brim of the hat. Iam being fussy . Beautiful model.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
28 May 2010 2:13PM
Thanks Studio....a reflector was there, but had no assistant, so no-one to hold it. I was a bit annoyed by that as the shadows are a bit dark, but still was pretty happy. Thanks for the comment! Appreciated!
jackson8472 9 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 12:08PM
Great shot! Natural lighting, DOF spot one for me John! top stuff!
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 12:50PM
Thank Tony...I played for and got! Glad you could see what I was trying to do and glad you like it!

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