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Old 15th September 2011
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Some portraits

Hello!
I'm new to this forum and very happy to be here, I was suggested to start share some of my photos so here I am. I'm aware that I can receive any kind of feedback here therefore feel free to be completely honest, I could use some advice from more experienced people!

Thanks a lot

One thing before I start...is it ok to post links to the photo or is it preferable to load it directly here? I couldn't find any info about it!
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Re: Some portraits

Hiya

Welcome!

When you join, each member gets some free gallery space to use for uploading images. There are a few screencasts and instructional threads around as to how to do this if you wish. You can also use your own hosting gallery and post the images here (which in the main, is what I do). What I wouldn't suggest doing is simply posting a link to an image, because not so many people will then click through on your link to see the image you link to. It's not breaking any rules, but it is sort of not the done thing if you want people to view your images.

Best to link the image directly here (most gallery providers offer this service), or use the eGroup gallery to host your images.

How's that...?
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Re: Some portraits

That's perfect John, many thanks!
I'll use the Flickr URL then, it's probably quicker


My mum and dad!



The one who's known as Cobra Commander (don't ask me why, he didn't like any of the cute nicknames I used to call him and he picked this one )




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Re: Some portraits

... and you open with two wonderful portraits. I especially like the first one, you've caught your Mum and Dad with wonderful expressions and in a very loving pose. The bokeh on the light (top right) also adds to the overall effect.

Not so sure about the 2nd one... Cobra Commander looks a mean dude hehe.

Did you use photoshop to blur the background? as he looks a little stand-out-from-background 'ish! and the whole background has what looks like an even amount of blurring. Nonetheless, it's a great pose
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... and you open with two wonderful portraits. I especially like the first one, you've caught your Mum and Dad with wonderful expressions and in a very loving pose. The bokeh on the light (top right) also adds to the overall effect.

Not so sure about the 2nd one... Cobra Commander looks a mean dude hehe.

Did you use photoshop to blur the background? as he looks a little stand-out-from-background 'ish! and the whole background has what looks like an even amount of blurring. Nonetheless, it's a great pose
Thanks John! I'm flattered!
Cobra Commander is a teddy bear, but yes, he totally looks mean in that pic! That's actually the first photos I've taken when my 50mm was delivered and for the blurred background I have to thank the wide aperture of that lens (f/1.4), I was shocked when I saw that DOF the first time!
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Re: Some portraits

I agree with John's observations Martina, the first one is a lovely image, you have caught that moment perfectly almost a candid shoot.
The with second image I find the background more of a distraction.

Thanks for posting these, looking forward to seeing more
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Re: Some portraits

I agree with the previous comments. Both are great shots but the shot of your Mum and Dad stands out, you have really captured a special moment.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Some portraits

Thanks guys! I actually have a whole set of pictures of my mum and dad, as they never had a photo-shoot when they got married I thought about giving them some nice couple shot and they've been lovely (although they started doing silly faces quite soon and all the magic was gone )

Do you guys usually open a new thread for each photo or you post all your pics in one thread?
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Re: Some portraits

That first image is a wonderful capture of a moment to be treasured. Lovely to view as an outsider but I would guess even better as a family picture.

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