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| p.1 #4 · Rock Chalk E-Session (24 pics) |
Oh Ed, I certainly have to comment now, don't I?
First, it's a wonderful series and I'm sure your daughter is very, very happy to have these, although they'll probably make their photographer look bad. But that's a good thing -- for you.
No. 1 is a really nice picture, but I would change things up a bit. For me this works best when the lines are diagonal. I'm thinking you took this with a wide-angle lens for the way the building's line angle away from each other on opposite sides. If you can straighten them in PS through Perspective, that will help. Then crop on the edge of the rock wall part on the far side of each subject. That's my style/vision, anyway.
No. 2. Seriously, three generations of KU student's and Phog Allen is just an old coach from KU? Had to call you on that!
No. 5, I love this shot, but her face is on the wrong side of him. If she turned her face the opposite way, you'll see their faces better and it becomes even more romantic. Great setup, just a beautiful shot.
No. 19, "tradition says 'kiss here and you shall be married.'" Do butterfly kisses count?
No. 24. It's not so bad that it's a failure as you call it. When you shoot at dusk, using settings to keep the ambient light in, you just have to turn down the speed light. I don't know what light you used or what power setting, but you were probably only two power settings off from a really nice exposure. If her face isn't blown out, this actually works very nicely. The whole point of this is to have that rim of light around them. I'd like to see if you can burn in her face a little more. Oh, one more thing, it looks like you had the speed light zoomed out wide. I only do that when they're in the rain. For me, anyway, I like it best when I minimize how much the speedlight is lighting up so it's not lighting up all that grass unless that's what I want it to do. Put in the zoom in tight and see how you like it.
Those are my only nits. Other than that, I loved all the other pics just as they are. My faves are 4, 8, 9, 15, 21, 23 and 24 as I think those are the shots that really captured their personality and their emotions. Not that the others didn't, but these did it best, I thought. 5 absolutely would have been my overall favorite if the faces were in the shot, as mentioned earlier. Great job!