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Natural Light Photos

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gho, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    Normally I use flash to help balance out the light when shooting, so I don't get harsh shadows and blown highlights. I decided to do some with natural light.

    I don't know if they are any good. What do you all think?
    Sissy and Mommy feed the deer at the the San Diego Wild Animal Park:

    New Family Members - My oldest has joined a family of bronze monkeys. She observes the baby with youthful curiosity

    My daughter's so impressed with her toy setup, stops to take a photograph:

    Resting In The Sun Beams

    I think she looks like a Hong Kong supermodel here:
  2. Nice

    Very nice Gregory.

  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Really like the second one GHO.

    Little model is adorable.
  4. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    You didn't need your flash for these. They are beautiful!

  5. mrdinh


    Mar 8, 2005
    North Dakota
    nice pics...well balance light...nature light is better than flash...i don't like flash unless i have to use it
  6. I much prefer natural lighting Gregory, and you've done well. Of course, you do have a very photogenic subject there. I love the intensity in her eyes in the third shot! LOL Looks like we're going to get a new forum member in a while. A very cute little girl and well lit shots.
    Cheers, Sandi
  7. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Good job all the way around Gregory! I really like your use of white in #3 and 4. That's the thing I like the best about using sunlight - it's impossible to balance with the shadows, so you are forced to use the white space and you've done so excellently. I'll bet your daughter's photo from #3 is likewise bright. :) 
  8. Excellent use of light here Gregory. Course your daughter is darling as always.
  9. Beautiful shots!! :)  :)  :) 
  10. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    StuSimmo: Thanks!

    Gale: She told me she wanted to go pet the monkey and then went up and stood there like that waiting for me to take the pic. As soon as I took some pics, she moved to a different postition around the monkey and posed, so I actually have many different shots with her and the monkey. I like that one the best too.

    She actually had to wait quite a while (around 10 minutes) as some other kids were playing around with the monkey and were taking photos, but she stood patiently behind the line of fire until the others were done.

    GeeJay: Flash would definately have helped with #1. The backlighting is very strong and as a resutl of the subjects being in the shade, the colors are not that great and I had to do heavy shadow enhancement stuff on that photo.

    It would have helped with the second one too, and lightened up the shadow.

    It's just takes more work to balance out the stobe so that it's not overpowering, and I was just lazy, and also wanted to shoot with bit of lighter gear.

    mrdinh: Thanks, well natural light sure is heck of a lot easier to shoot, that's for sure, as you really don't have too much control over the lighting. Flash takes a lot of tweaking to get right, and the flash sync thing is always an issue, especially at ISO200.

    TOLady: Thanks. Yes, my daughter is very easy to take photos of, in fact, she enjoys the sessions and often asks daddy for a photo session (like that day).

    Chris101: Thanks! Yeah, that's what I find. It actually helps out with really busy backgrounds. The photo my daughter took in that shot is actually very well exposed since she's shooting with the sun behind her. I'll post her photo in this thread for ya to see in a little bit.

    greyflash: Thanks! Always easy subjects. I don't know why I can't find more time to photograph them, but I'm working on it.

    PhotoDawg: Thanks!
  11. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    Here's the photo that she took in #3:

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  12. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ooh la la! She's a natural!
  13. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    Thanks Chris, I'm not sure if you've seen or not, but she's got an entire gallery from the 3 years she's been taking photos:

  14. Gregory,

    So how did you handle highlights and shadows ? Did you did a lot of post-processing ?

    Excellent use of light indeed !.
  15. Bubba


    Apr 12, 2005
    All of them are great but the last two...oh man. That is one beautiful little girl. I think you did a fine job with those shots!
  16. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    Well, the first one (the one with the deer) I used d-lighting to try to retain some of the highlight info - I don't quite like it. Every time I try to tweak an image in post, the more I tweak the image, the worse it looks to me.

    As for the others I just let them blow - post processing was minimal.
  17. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
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