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CompMac
19th March 2008, 07:00 AM
Here's a try with close up portraiture taken with 40-150 f4-5.6. Constructive comments are most welcome. Thanks for viewing.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2343780045_7b5fb06eb1_o.jpg

PeterD
19th March 2008, 07:41 AM
Here's a try with close up portraiture taken with 40-150 f4-5.6. Constructive comments are most welcome. Thanks for viewing.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2343780045_7b5fb06eb1_o.jpg

What a lovely, fresh image that is. I am impressed. The OOF green background is just right and so too is the subject focus. I cannot provide further help. I would be proud to have taken that shot myself. Well done.

PeterD

Jim
19th March 2008, 09:52 AM
Have to agree with Peter, nice capture mate

Ian
19th March 2008, 11:02 AM
Nice expression - really good background bokeh too; excellent considering this is an inexpensive and not particularly fast lens.

Ian

steverh
19th March 2008, 12:26 PM
I can only agree with the other comments - I wish I could take portraits as nice as this.

Ray Shotter
19th March 2008, 12:57 PM
An excellent portrait, with good skin tone and very good focus.

Ray.

B.P.S Studios
19th March 2008, 02:25 PM
Nice fresh shot, but I think the model having her arm up like that ruins it. Her hand is catching strong highlights from the sun which has blown out the detail, same on her lower neck. A lovely shot all the same

Hiding_Pup
19th March 2008, 03:35 PM
Focus is spot on, lighting simple but effective - one thing I'm not sure about is the composition. The way you've cropped out half your model's neck doesn't work for me.

CompMac
19th March 2008, 03:39 PM
Thank you very much for all your comments and praises. The sun was getting harsher and caused the blown highlights. I am trying my best to utilise both kit lenses as much as I can. So far, I've found out that the 40-150 is a better portrait lens compared to the 14-42.

Cheers.

theMusicMan
19th March 2008, 07:34 PM
I agree with that totally, the 40-150 is much better as a portrait lens in my opinion. You'll soon be looking at the 14-54mm ;)

Hiding_Pup
19th March 2008, 07:40 PM
....and the 50mm macro...

...and a huge credit card bill at the end of the month...

Zuiko
19th March 2008, 10:49 PM
Hi CompMac,

Your own comments seem to indicate that you are relatively new to photography in general and portraiture in particular. And yet you take an image like this. Forget the blown highlights (for a mioment), what matters is the pose of your model which perfectly compliments the "sunny day" feel of the image. The use of her hand, itself highlighted along the fingers, to shield her face and allow it to benefit mainly from soft lighting, is brilliant. I also love the highlights from the sun on her jewelry. Blown highlights, yes, but by accident or design blown creatively rather than negatively - they add to the composition. And the background is perfect.

New to portraiture? Keep it up, you've got natural talent!

Zuiko

OlyPaul
20th March 2008, 06:17 PM
I agree with Zuiko, sometimes we get to obsessed with all the so called rules and this image breaks them and yet succeeds so well.*yes

the only thing I would do is clone the hair out that looks like it is protruding out of her lip ( I know it is not) and is the first thing I noticed.

And yes the 40-150 makes a good portrait lens, I've used it as such many times myself.

CompMac
24th March 2008, 09:40 AM
Hi Zuiko,

I am new to portraiture as I used to shoot a lot of landscapes and macros with the C-750UZ previously.

Most if not all the portraiture that I took are based on feeling as I know the lenses that I have now are not made for them. I think I'm really lucky with this shot that I posted.

Thanks for the compliment and I will definitely shoot more and post up more for you all to critic.

Cheers.

CompMac
25th March 2008, 01:08 AM
Sorry for the dead link. It seems that Flickr changed the link when I added and rearranged the pictures in the set. Furthermore, I can't edit the first post. Therefore, I'm reposting the picture in this post. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2343780045_7b5fb06eb1_o.jpg

theMusicMan
25th March 2008, 06:25 AM
All sorted...! I added the link in the original post, and the post where the image is quoted. Should be fine now.