What should I do here? PP preference Query

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Tommygun45
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What should I do here? PP preference Query
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So I rarely get to spend any time with my old roommate from college. I was with him a few months ago and just took some random snapshots while we were out and about. I got this one of him and his daughter and it actually came out decent. Only problem I thought is that busy background! I shot it at 1.8 with the SEL35 and Nex6. I remember him seeing it on the camera and he liked it so I figured I'd give it to him in a little frame for Christmas.

Anyways I got to playing with it in PS the other day and started to blur out that OOF area a little more. Should I give the edited (more blurry) version or the less blurry version that is the original. Or neither if you think the picture sucks.

Any preference? Guess I need a 1.2 lens!

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In reply to Tommygun45, 11 months ago

Could you also try to washout the background in PS (decrease contrast and increase exposure)?

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In reply to Tommygun45, 11 months ago

I like the top one, a little bit more blurred but it doesn't look unnaturally blurred.

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In reply to Tommygun45, 11 months ago

It's a nice picture, but I can't help but see the little girl kissing the truck.  Perhaps you should try burning the background a bit.  It'll also throw more emphasis on the subjects as well.

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I think I might crop it to a portrait orientation and get rid of as much on the left as I could without cutting off the girls fingers. There isnt really anything of interest over there anyway and who wants to see an out of focus truck

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edwardaneal wrote:

I think I might crop it to a portrait orientation and get rid of as much on the left as I could without cutting off the girls fingers. There isnt really anything of interest over there anyway and who wants to see an out of focus truck

+1

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Tommygun45 wrote:

So I rarely get to spend any time with my old roommate from college. I was with him a few months ago and just took some random snapshots while we were out and about. I got this one of him and his daughter and it actually came out decent. Only problem I thought is that busy background! I shot it at 1.8 with the SEL35 and Nex6. I remember him seeing it on the camera and he liked it so I figured I'd give it to him in a little frame for Christmas.

Anyways I got to playing with it in PS the other day and started to blur out that OOF area a little more. Should I give the edited (more blurry) version or the less blurry version that is the original. Or neither if you think the picture sucks.

Any preference? Guess I need a 1.2 lens!

more blurred pp'd

original

An f1.2 lens would not "save" this image, nor will any amount of post-processing. There is nothing left of center that would be enhanced, and precious little to the right of center. The light is glaring, flat and uninteresting. Your friend's face is in shadow, his daughter's is largely invisible.

Had you turned them around - or circled around them - and captured them interacting, the scene might have worked.

Perhaps I'm missing something, but if you spent quality time with your buddy and his daughter, you ought to look through the other images and find one that will capture their expressions. Or a scene you both enjoyed that day. That would make a good gift.

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npires wrote:

edwardaneal wrote:

I think I might crop it to a portrait orientation and get rid of as much on the left as I could without cutting off the girls fingers. There isnt really anything of interest over there anyway and who wants to see an out of focus truck

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Good tips, what do you think of this version?

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edwardaneal wrote:

I think I might crop it to a portrait orientation and get rid of as much on the left as I could without cutting off the girls fingers. There isnt really anything of interest over there anyway and who wants to see an out of focus truck

I agree with the crop.

I really do like your first PP'd picture. Framed as it is, this would be fantastic for a parade or anything else that suggest what the pair was enjoying together.

*Edit* I missed your update before my post.  The cropped image feels better.  I like it.

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In reply to Tommygun45, 11 months ago

For me, #1, I would cut it in a square, take a little off the right and even less of the bottom too to make the lines stronger. I played in photoshop and it looks pretty good to me if you loose the car with some solid dodge and burn to make it more of a smudge (remove window, tire mostly) Apply some unsharpen filter to tidy it up a little and I'd call it completed.

Nice shot, I love the angle chosen and a bit serious look, leaves something to the imagination.

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I like the second a bit.

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In reply to edwardaneal, 11 months ago

This was my thought as well.  The truck kinda ruins an otherwise nice shot.   The other option is to photoshop a nice waterfall in place of the truck....

Just remember, what does not add subtracts.

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Much better!

I think your buddy will like that.  Most folks are not as picky as those that are into photography.

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Tommygun45 wrote:

npires wrote:

edwardaneal wrote:

I think I might crop it to a portrait orientation and get rid of as much on the left as I could without cutting off the girls fingers. There isnt really anything of interest over there anyway and who wants to see an out of focus truck

+1

Good tips, what do you think of this version?

I like this much better - now it is clear what the focus of the picture is, you r friend and his daughter. In the original I was left wondering what it was they were looking at.

sometimes you have to work with what you have, and considering what you have - this works

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Yeah, when I saw the original, I was going to suggest a crop. Sometimes that will save a photo, even a modest crop.

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