Some recent casual portraits, including prom...

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by madtownkeith, May 22, 2013.

  1. madtownkeith

    madtownkeith Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 28, 2013
    Sun Prairie, WI
    I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of the Oly 75mm 1.8 recently, and have had a few opportunities to use it now over the last few weeks.

    I used it, along with the Oly 45mm 1.8 (still love this lens!) and the 12-50 for my daughter's Junior Prom over the weekend.

    All were shot in RAW, and processed in LR4 and were shot with the EM5. I would appreciate any feedback and suggestions.

    One of the very first shots with the 75:
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    Also with the 75mm, at 1.8:
    Mothers%20Day%2C%20Abbey%20track%2C%20Austin%2C%20Storm%20%28OMD%29%20-%20May%202013_0003-XL.

    45mm at f2:
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    75mm at 1.8:
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    45mm at f2, ISO 1600, and wireless flash to add light to her hair (experimenting a bit :biggrin: ):
    Abbey%20Prom%20%28OMD%29%20-%20May%202013_0026-XL.

    12-50 at 38mm:
    Abbey%20Prom%20%28OMD%29%20-%20May%202013_0076-XL.

    12-50 at 50mm:
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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    First off, lovely images of a great-looking family! I've attempted very little portrait work (so I'm far from an expert), but I think you did a great job of choosing interesting locations and posing and lighting your subjects. I particularly like the posing in the first image and the wonderful use of the hill in the second to last.

    The one thing that I don't love is some of the framing/cropping. In the first image I'd love to see more space to the right (i.e. in front of the subject). Barring that I would crop tighter to eliminate the "empty" space behind her. The off-center framing of the second and third images distracts a bit (IMO). I feel like both of these would be improved by centering the subject ("rule of thirds" be damned!) possibly using a 1:1 crop. I'd love to see a bit more headroom in the fourth shot. I'd reframe the second-to-last to include slightly less grass and slightly more sky.

    Overall it's quite a lovely set which serves (once more) to ignite my GAS for the O75. Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:
     
  3. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Very nice portraits and I like the off center framing. Out of the ordinary but it works for me.
     
  4. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    I actually think the off center framing works for me too. It's compositionally more interesting and correct IMO.
     
  5. NikkoExiledInSF

    NikkoExiledInSF Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 8, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    What about chopping off the tops of heads? Is that good composition or an oversight? It's a genuine question.

    BTW, I like the way the ties match the dress colour!

    N
     
  6. zvika1

    zvika1 New to Mu-43

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Lovely pics, i like the skin tones
     
  7. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Last I heard the head chop was an currently in vogue for portraits.
     
  8. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Cropping off the tops of heads isn't an issue for me in any of these shots (see images 1, 3 and 5). However, once the top of the head is retained (see #4) then I'd prefer a bit of airspace above be included as well.

    As with most things in photography, cropping comes down to personal taste, but there are some "rules of thumb" regarding which places are more appropriate to crop in portraiture.
     
  9. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    First shot is fantastic, very well done. I find the second image a little flat. The rest is good.

    Enjoy your lens!
     
  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    The chopped heads is def non-traditional but I like it. Why be normal?
     
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I agree, it's a matter of personal preference. I like it - beautiful set! :2thumbs:
     
  12. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    I really like the three couples on the hill!
     
  13. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    If I could be nitpicky, and it looks like you were maybe dealing with some challenging light there, but on the 5th shot, the DoF is just slightly too shallow for my taste. It's a little distracting to me to have her upper torso be out of focus, although the general execution of the subject isolation is good.
     
  14. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2010
    I really like these!! Cropping it closer like that makes for a more intimate shot.

    If it was a group full-body shot, and the top of the heads were cut off, then yeah that might be more of a problem.
     
  15. madtownkeith

    madtownkeith Mu-43 Regular

    125
    Jan 28, 2013
    Sun Prairie, WI
    Thank you everyone for taking a look and for the constructive feedback. I really appreciate it. Any feedback and advice always helps me to become a better photographer, and to see things from others perspectives.

    As to the cropping/framing - it's just something that works for me. I like the closer, more intimate look, but completely understand it doesn't work for everyone.
     
  16. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    I find a bit of head chop in a tight frame almost always more interesting than a full head.
     
  17. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Just like your profile pic! :wink: