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A boy and his (grampa's) tractor

Discussion in 'People' started by okcandids, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. okcandids


    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    My son is very fond of his grandfather's (my FIL) John Deere tractor. We were up visiting them in VT this past weekend, and before we took off back home, he had to have one last quick sit on it. Thank goodness for the 85/1.4 that allowed me to take this picture in fairly dark conditions (7:47pm) and no flash.

    NIKON D200    ---    85mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 720

    NIKON D200    ---    85mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 800

    I wasn't sure the pictures were warm enough with the easy step (levels) from http://www.smugmug.com/help/skin-tone, which was applied above, so tried doing the more complex (cymk) step. I think the first one may be overcooked but the second one probably looks better. Y'all can chime in with your opinion. :biggrin:

    NIKON D200    ---    85mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 720

    NIKON D200    ---    85mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 800
  2. okcandids


    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    76 views, but not a single comment, so . . . I'm doing the dreaded "self-reply" hoping to at least get one person to let me know which of the two versions of the pictures have better color.
  3. great shots
    nice to see how excited your son is to be on the JD...
    a very nice series

    thanks for sharing them with us
  4. oh....
    and do you have any of the whole tractor, by the way?
  5. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Oren :

    Long day without a lot of time for comments on photos, so I hope this late comment isn't amiss...

    I'd likely want the skin colour between the two cases you've posted. The first one's definitely a bit cool, but the second's a bit hot.

    Still, a wonderful moment captured - don't we all want to remember that kind of time when sitting in a tractor was just the most incredible thing in the world ? :wink:

    John P.
  6. bradNYC


    Mar 28, 2008
    I think the 3rd and 4th is a bit too saturated. The skin looks too yellow.
  7. okcandids


    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    Oddly enough, I don't. :redface: Closest thing is him sitting on the lawnmower last year (one with my in-laws' jack russell):

    NIKON D200    ---    70mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 100

    and one with his sister:

    NIKON D200    ---    70mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 100

    But I believe this the one in question (from last year's Forth of July parade up there [VT]):

    NIKON D200    ---    80mm    f/4.0    1/400s    ISO 100

    Loaded up some tractor pix for you at:


    Thanks for looking and the comments.
  8. okcandids


    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    Thankks for looking, commenting, and the critique, John. I'll have to play with the bottom two to figure out how I can get them "in between". Maybe using a 5x5, instead of 3x3, eye dropper would help this technique in this case.

    Thanks for looking and the comments, Brad. I thought so, too. Maybe I can warm up the top two again but dropping the blue channel even more.
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