My first few with the FA77 ltd


Epithet Man

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 16:53
OK, here are my first few portraits taken with my nice new FA77 ltd (plus K5 II):

#1 Laughing her head off



#2 Reaching up



#3 Sucking that thumb again



#4 Hooray, those glasses aren't in the way for once



#5 A blank look



#6 Staring into space



#7 When is he going to stop pointing that camera at me?



#8 Posing again



#9 More posing



#10 The gang



#11 Yum!



Comments and criticisms welcomed. Apologies for posting loads of pictures of my children, but I bought this lens for taking portraits of them.

Thanks for looking,
EM

Gravelrash

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 17:04
A lens I hopefully get to own one day. In the meantime you haven't put me off lol

Great pictures of the children. Nuff said.
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senn

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 17:22
.. indeed, it seems pretty effective a portrait lens, .. TFS all these
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cabstar

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 19:42
Like them is number 9 a little cooler in the white balance?
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Epithet Man

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 19:59
cabstar wrote:
Like them is number 9 a little cooler in the white balance?

Possibly. To my eyes on my monitor it looks quite similar to #8, but maybe that's because I know it was taken under identical light. It's also hard to get an accurate impression on my monitor because it's failing (top half is significantly dimmer than the bottom half - quite good ND grad effect for viewing landscapes, but otherwise a complete PITA).

Looking back at my processing settings in Lightroom, I processed both #8 and #9 as daylight (5,500K). However I agree that might not quite be right - the light falling on the scene came from a blue sky (the sun was on the other side of the house). You can see this in the catchlight in the eyes (along with my arm):




Thanks for the comments.

EM

DrOrloff

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 20:45
Enjoy that unique lens and take a billion precious family portraits with it. A joy.
You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 20:55
The only thing better than the lens are your lovely kids. Enjoy them all. Precious moments, perfectly captured.
Best wishes,

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davidstorm

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 22:22
A wonderful, natural set of images, nothing fancy or over processed here, just precious moments captured so well.

Regards
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ChrisA

Link Posted 20/05/2014 - 23:55
Normally I cringe when people post pictures of their kids, since it's impossible to tell them the truth, so I normally don't bother.

However, to my relief, these are exceptions.

5 - 8 are nice, but as you've hinted, the expressions are fairly blank, so it's difficult to engage without the context you have, knowing them already. I like 9 very much, the eyes are really compelling.

I'd pick out 4 and 10 as particularly excellent, since they have an intensity of expression that's absent in the others.

I'd lose the cheesy captions though. The pictures stand on their own merit IMO.
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ChrisA

Link Posted 21/05/2014 - 00:35
At risk of repeating myself, I do think 4 and 10 are marvellous.

Perhaps 10 could be brightened a touch, and I'd be interested to see the colour versions of them.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 21/05/2014 - 05:30
davidstorm wrote:
A wonderful, natural set of images, nothing fancy or over processed here, just precious moments captured so well.

Regards
David

I agree. A wonderful set. Nice compositions, nice vibe.

#4 and #10 are superb and if you don't print them out, mount them in nice frames and hang them on your wall I'm going to ring up social services and report you for child neglect - And it's not because they are black & white, they are just charismatic.
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Epithet Man

Link Posted 21/05/2014 - 12:50
Thanks to all for your feedback. A couple of additional comments from me:

bwlchmawr wrote:
The only thing better than the lens are your lovely kids.

You wouldn't write that if you could have seen what they were doing last night

ChrisA wrote:
Normally I cringe when people post pictures of their kids, since it's impossible to tell them the truth, so I normally don't bother.

However, to my relief, these are exceptions.

Thank you. I know how you feel. As the vast majority of my pictures are of my children, this is one of the main reasons why I rarely share them (the other reasons are extended periods of taking no photos at all and being very critical of my own work).

I posted them here for feedback on how they stand as images to people who don't know the children in the images. Of course, the images have a different value to me and my family which makes it even harder for me to be truly critical of my own work.

ChrisA wrote:
I'd be interested to see the colour versions of them.

No problem. With cheese-free captions this time

#4: In colour without the crop (note distracting background, particularly top-right and bottom-left)



#10: In colour



Smeggypants wrote:
#4 and #10 are superb and if you don't print them out, mount them in nice frames and hang them on your wall I'm going to ring up social services and report you for child neglect - And it's not because they are black & white, they are just charismatic.

(ordered some yesterday - prints should arrive tomorrow)

Thanks again to all,
EM

ChrisA

Link Posted 21/05/2014 - 13:25
I think the uncropped colour portrait is even nicer than the B&W. A softer look, somehow, without any loss of what appears to me as a really keen intelligence.

Not bothered about the background - it balances nicely with the also OOF green top, and the eyes are so compelling that the distraction is negligible. A very good use of depth of field, in fact.

I still think a bit of work on the exposure in the one of the three of them would make it even better. Getting expressions as good as that from three kids simultaneously is really hard, and you've done a marvellous job there.
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judderman62

Link Posted 28/05/2014 - 23:38
Lots to like hre.. I like 4, 5 and 9 in particular... I love blank look.

it does look a cracking lens does that
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bjolester

Link Posted 29/05/2014 - 15:55
Wonderful set!

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