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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:34 am 
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Hello all,

I usually shoot landscapes/scenery and wildlife so a few days ago I thought I’d try my hand at candid portraits. I made a list of scenarios and went out with a friend and his little nephew, and pretty much kept my finger on continuous fire in the hope that I’d get a few keepers. I ended up trashing a load, but I think it was worth it as I’m happy with the results. Here are a few of the best ones:

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All the ones I liked the most were all vertically orientated, which is unusual for me, but I guess that’s why they call it “landscape” and “portrait”!

They were all taken with my Nikkor 18-200 and even though I’ve got the 50mm f1.8 I decided not to use it because I hate being restricted to one focal length…call me lazy!! I do regret it though because the images just weren’t as sharp as they could have been.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the afternoon shooting and now I’m thinking of getting a new zoom lens, but in the shorter range, something between 20 and 80mm. Any recommendations would be welcome along with any feedback on the pics.

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Nice shots Mark! The one of him peeking out is really good!

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Fill flash needed in #3.

Nice candids otherwise. If you're looking for a mid-range Nikkor zoom, there's little better than the 24-70 2.8. But for cost, I've gone for the 35-70 2.8. The 28-70 is also worth a consideration. All 3 lenses are what you would term: "portraiture-range".

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Thanks guys! Yeah, I like what I'm reading about the 24-70mm aside from the bit where the dollar sign is!! Much research needed I feel :)

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Hi Chinamark,

I really, really like these images. They are so spontaneous and natural and both your models really exude joy and in transfers very well to the viewer.

No analysis needed - found a big old smile and grin on my own face as I was looking at them - what else or more is needed?

Cheers :-)


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Thanks LahLah, I really appreciate that :)

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I really like the expression in the first image! Great work!

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i love the shots...however the 3rd sticks out to me the most...

the picking of the butt is just a pure "kid" moment.

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I didn't think your shots suffered from any lack of sharpness. However, the 50mm 1.8 could have probably given you some better bokeh in a few of the shots.

They are nice candids however, and show off the emotion well. Good work!

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Thanks for all the positive feedback. I guess they look sharp at this size, but at 100%, not as sharp as they could be. I guess with people pics, looking too sharp is a bit unflattering so maybe a bit of softness is OK.

I was really in 2 minds about the 50mm, but then I know he's like a little demon and just runs all over the place non-stop! It was either use the zoom or wear myself out :)

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My choice in this series ChinaMark, is the photo with him next to the pillar... the background void of input, I like the stark lightness, the grey combined with the orange scream shirt...the steady gaze back at the camera...the contures of his beautiful face, perfectly exposed.. this is my favorite of the set.


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Thanks Patti, that's my favourite too and one of the rare moments that he slowed down!

There were chicks on the farm and I really wanted to get some pics of him holding a baby chick, but when I tried to grab one, Mother Hen looked like she was ready to peck my eyes out! Think that could make a great pic so next time I'll try and create a diversion to get mama away from the group :)

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Number 4 is just perfect. :D

The whole set is great. Congratulations.

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WOW, that's pretty much all I can say. Really nice photos Mark. I love the first and fourth. The boy should be a model, he certainly has talent!

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Thanks for the kind words, Luis and Bjorn!

Yeah, the kid does have a knack for it. He's at that age where he loves being in front of the camera and he does stuff without even saying a word. I gave him and his family the prints yesterday and he was so excited! I'll have to make the most of it until he gets older and camera-shyness kicks in :)

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