Friday, December 18, 2009

i had an idea ...

autumn 187, originally uploaded by jenniferlivolson.
but it didn't work out like i had hoped ... and i'm a bit uncomfortable showing this!  it's an awful picture ... i know.  but i need some input on what i could do better next time! 

i really wanted a cute picture of the girly girl friends jumping on the "hill" (really ... you don't want to know what it actually is ... but it looks good in a picture, no?)

i had aspirations for the sun behind them and the movement and the excited fun faces.

i took so many pictures. this is probably one of the better ones ... and i'm posting this in the attempt to see if others can help me see what i did wrong ... because they so did not turn out like i had hoped.

Some of the EXIF data!
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 55 mm
Focal Length: 55.0 mm
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: No Flash
File Size: 1510 kB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg

posted at i {heart} faces constructive feedback friday!  yes ... i'm looking for people to be critical ... so go for it!

oh and by the way ... my attempt at an edit ... i found that the change to b/w -ish ... helped minimally ... but seemed to bring out a bit more of what i was looking for!
(edited using picnik)


Anonymous said...

I can see what you were going for. What would have made this work, in my opinion, is to have your fstop at around f/7, then brought your shutter up. When you're doing action shots you should keep your shutter around 200+, preferrably higher. This way you have the sharpness. What is missing that would've made the shot totally work is an external flash. Now, the settings for that would need to be worked out on-location, but using the ext. flash as the filler for their faces, would mean that the sun could still be behind them. Having the shutter speed higher would mean no blur, and VOILA! Killa shot ;) Hope that helps! :)

Unknown said...

My main recommendation would be to use a faster shutter speed. Especially when you have a moving subject, you always want 1/200 or faster. I also prefer to shoot in raw rather than jpg, it makes editing easier. That is a personal choice though ;)

I Heart Faces said...

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keli [at] kidnapped by suburbia said...

Action shots while shooting into a bright light can be tricky. And I have SO been there many times - planning a shot that just does not come to fruition.

Well, just based on the shadows, it looks like the sun was still somewhat high in the sky? To get a good sun-filled picture, you would need to let the sun get a little lower in the sky - it's less harsh when it's lower. I would have maybe waited half an hour to try to get that shot.

As for camera settings ...

1. You would definitely need to increase your shutter speed - the faster the shutter speed, the more frozen the subject will be.

2. Also, increasing your shutter speed will let less light into your sensor - so you'll still get the sunlight in the background, but it won't be as overpowering.

3. I think I would have opened up the aperture a bit more - like around f/4.5

4. I don't know what your ISO setting was, but I would have put it somewhere around 100.

5. Finally, FILL FLASH! It would illuminate your subject, but it's not as harsh as a regular flash, so the background wouldn't get washed out.

I love what you were trying to capture - it's definitely do'able! Good luck! :)

Keli Hoskins
I ♥ Faces Contributor

Casey said...

You're asking the wrong person here, I had to chase my kids around the yard snapping pictures for an hour just to get a few shots to use in our Xmas card collage.

I like the B&W shot the best..

angie {the arthur clan} said...

Hi Jen,

I was wondering if you could send me an email at iheartfaces (at) hotmail (dot) com. I'd like to ask you a quick question. :)

co-founder of I ♥ Faces