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    katrinahall
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    When I saw the “Prairie” photos, I thought “What the heck!”  I looked the owner up and found http://www.theprairiebyrachelashwell.com/.  Going back to your FB page and reading the text I saw “Images © Rachel Ashwell + The Prairie”.  So instead of commenting on those photos, I’ll ask, did the workshop sell out?  I might still be confused about it.  At http://www.sweetlightcollective.com/index2.php#!/workshop_details, it looks like the workshop is put on by someone else who is using the same source of photos as your FB entry!  I wasn’t enthralled by the past workshop photos.

    Of your photos, I think I like

    https://www.facebook.com/815637765176713/photos/pb.815637765176713.-2207520000.1418642118./870226876384468/?type=1&theater

    best.  I’m hoping this site will put a thumbnail up, but haven’t tried it with FB, so we shall see.  I think I like this one best because you got lower than your usual vantage point to take it.  The only criticism I will offer is that it might look better if you burned the bright area of grass around “man” in your watermark.

    Your detail shots are pretty good, I’m not sure the tilt helps, but I like almost everything being in focus.

    Shots like

    https://www.facebook.com/815637765176713/photos/pb.815637765176713.-2207520000.1418644632./870338856373270/?type=1&theater

    aren’t my favourite style.  You are down almost to his height which is good, and presumably you are showing his age by the ratio of children’s vs adult teeth.

    https://www.facebook.com/815637765176713/photos/pb.815637765176713.-2207520000.1418644632./870198306387325/?type=1&theater

    has good exposure and is a good photo of him.  I would like the perspective to be from a foot, or so, lower, but that might have consequences for a bland sky or some other background feature you were trying to eliminate.  Not being there at the time, the circumstances are unknown.  Why does he seem to be holding a short stick?

    https://www.facebook.com/815637765176713/photos/pb.815637765176713.-2207520000.1418644632./870182379722251/?type=1&theater

    has good lighting and focus.  It looks like an adult’s standing perspective.  If that spot on the right knee is temporary, I would remove it.  If it is permanent, I would probably leave it there.

    Over all, you seem to know what you are doing.

     

     

    #23409
    IHF
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    I don’t get it. There’s only five pictures when you take away the shots you took to show your set up for a portrait session.
    This is a fine amount to show your very best work, but… I’m not getting that vibe at all from viewing them. Especially since there’s only three sessions, with multiple shots used from them. Were there originally more, but they were lifted from another artist???
    The tooth and bike ones just seem to be nice snaps to me, and don’t look like paid work. Which leaves us with your Christmas portrait and one vsco black and white. The vsco cam pic is my favorite, minus the editing leaving the blacks crushed. Don’t get me wrong, I play with vsco and “film stimulation”, but I don’t think I’d ever use this type of editing for professional work. But, this is only my personal preference/opinion. I realize it’s trendy and popular right now.
    I like the Christmas portrait ok, but it almost looks as though it’s a pulled back view, rather than the actual finished portrait. Like you should have dropped, moved a few steps to your left, and inched in a little closer.
    Your color isn’t bad, your focus is good, and your exposures seem fine… But, I can’t say I feel like I just looked at a professional’s portfolio. It felt very sparse and snap shotty to me.

     

    #23410
    katrinahall
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    Thanks for the helpful feedback. I’m aware that the page is currently sparse, I was after feedback from what was there. The very first post (the interior photos) was purely shared as I liked the style and full credit to the original photographer remains. I feel my style leans toward a more lifestyle, photo journalistic style and this is what I’m trying to achieve in capturing photos that aren’t pretenous or forced.

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    Don
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    Too much vignetting.

    #23420
    emf
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    Thanks for the helpful feedback. I’m aware that the page is currently sparse, I was after feedback from what was there. The very first post (the interior photos) was purely shared as I liked the style and full credit to the original photographer remains. I feel my style leans toward a more lifestyle, photo journalistic style and this is what I’m trying to achieve in capturing photos that aren’t pretenous or forced.

    I like that about your work too. At the moment though there seems a mish mash of styles, i.e. the more naturalistic, lifestyle ones, then the more contrived Christmas tree ones etc. For me the former are the strongest and most interesting, however I think you need more and to hone this style further.

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