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baby portrait

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Sleepyd, 16 May 2006.

  1. Sleepyd

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

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    I've learned that baby photos are really difficult indoors for three reasons -
    1. It's dark
    2. Babies move all the time
    3. Their moods change constantly

    Last weekend I was using my manual focus 50mm 1.7 @ 1.7 to get 1/60th of a second and I managed to get this and a few others, what do you think?

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  2. yak.h'cir

    Mobster

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    Location: The North

    Beautiful! Nice capture. I love how engaging the eyes are. I think it would have been a bit better if the hair was a little bit more in focus but I suppose not easy in low light!
     
  3. Richard T

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    like it. Like it a lot
     
  4. nolimit

    Wise Guy

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    i like it very much. maybe bit too much sharpening. I like babies soft.
     
  5. CSGAS

    Hitman

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    That sounds.... wrong.
     
  6. nolimit

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    sorry came out wrong. :o
     
  7. AndyBorzi

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    am I going to be the first to say:

    'awwwwwwwwwwww'

    ahem, forgot, I'm a bloke....ummm nice baby you got there, ahem

    Love the expression and the fact the eyes are looking directly at you. I don't like the processing of the picture though. As nolimit said, babies should be soft.

    AB
     
  8. hoodmeister

    Hitman

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    awesome eye detail, great shot as a whole - but the edges look way over sharpened to me, and the rest has a nasty mottled sort of look - noise filtered?
     
  9. cyKey

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    Agreed. Great shot on the whole, just a couple of niggles that were probably due to the 1/60th in low light.
     
  10. Mohain

    Wise Guy

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    Have to echo the majority here. Great shot and my first impressions were 'Wow, cool!' but the oversharpening does take something away from it.
     
  11. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    Thanks for the replies; Yes, I had to sharpen it up quite a bit (which I normally hate doing). The only area in focus because of the tiny depth of field are the eyes. I did noise filter it because the sharpening brought out a nasty look to the skin. To be honest I thought this gave it a bit more impact.

    When I get home I'll post the original to see what you think of the transformation.
     
  12. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    Posts: 696

    Here's the original.

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  13. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    And here's my favourite:
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