Post your pics of colour an BOKEH.
Sorry if all this seems too harsh. But the reality is that there is almost nothing good about that picture.
I strongly disagree. While it is true the execution of the subject fails, the background is beautifully framed, exposed, and timed. Shooting at a location- with people that you have no control over- that counts for quite a bit.
A great start.
aaaaah that beloved 50L lens........I love the results with that lens. Wish Nikon had something equivalent to it. That 135 is a monster! Love the bokeh on the b&w
Thanks. Both are my favorites in the Canon lineup.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion. But as you yourself alluded to, this picture would have been much better if the OP simply focused on the background and blurred out the daughter hovering in the corner of the foreground.
Thanks to all for the replies.
I love your shallow DOF portraits and colourful bokeh.
I am enjoying it a lot.
It is a great picture. Since the thread is specifically about bokeh, that's what I was looking at.....no peeping required. I noticed because I know DOF progression works frontward and backward from the focus point. Your progression moving left and right, which can't result from the natural bokeh created with a wide open lens.
No thunder killed. Yes, the background does have some processing applied to it. It's my style. As a photographer, it's my responsibility to create art and pieces that people never get tired of looking at. This was created for my client's wall, not for critique. My clients don't usually come to me for natural pictures taken straight from my camera.
I'm curious, was the bokeh plane differential really the first thing you noticed or were you peeping just a little bit?
Just random bits...
The color balance is all over the place, from green to orange. What happened? RAW would allow easy correction.
Yes all shot in RAW, thanks for the input.
But, I can add a shot or two that might qualify under this topic. I seldom shoot portraits, per se, but sometimes they happen while I am doing something else:
I did the above black and white version but it pales next to the color, literally, I think.
I dig that second shot, consider lightening the shadow side of her face in post.
I love the color as well as the bokeh in your pic and the bokeh does look like a painting. Kind of like a watercolour. Mine was done on a mildly overcast day with the 5D and the 50L lens shot wide open. Very creamy due to the effect of shootinging the direction of the street I was on. Im sure with the distance behind the subject I would have gotten nice bokeh with smaller apertures but it would not have quite the same look.
Isolating subjects from the background is not easy.
But you can achive it with distance to the background, lighting and colour.
This pic was shot with not a very wide aperture with a tele (oops sinned again) but I think the difussion of the background and the bokeh are nice.
Also the colors I think.
Will apreciate opinions, only if you post your own samples.
It is easy to critique others without exposing your own pics for reciprocity. Fair treat.
No more seriously, will like to see nice portraits with good, creamy and colourful bokeh just for the pleasure of contemplation.
The background here reminds me of the paintings of Sorolla, a Spanish painter.
Side note: I posted this on the m43 forum to demonstrate that good background isolation can be achieved even with small sensors and apertures of 5.6.
I don't have access to a lot of my pictures right now, and I haven't posted in these forums in a while. Your Post caught my eye so here is my response:
I definitely agree that your subject has been isolated from the background. The bokeh is quite pleasant in nature, especially from the camera you were using. It really surprises me that it can produce these results at f/5.6. Skin tones aren't too bad either, if you ask me, considering your subject was directly in the sunlight.
Here is my photo taken with the best digital camera yet produced in my opinion, the Nikon D700:
I would like to know which software you used to enhance the bokeh ? Alien Skin maybe ? Nice work !
Wish I could post more of my photos. I am a huge bokeh guy-- hide signature --
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This was an impromptu capture with my Sigma 85 1.4 wide open on a 5D. I felt I needed to lessen the contrast with this in order to get a feel for it. But with Canon lenses I use neutral settings.
Here's a few of mine.
C & C much appreciated. Thanks in advance.