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Old 09-15-2011, 02:11 AM
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1st Time Photograping of Model for Redwood Stuff

Just tried something way outside my normal 9 dots of living. Hired a model to help me figure out what poses may or may not work in future redwood shots. My daughter helped me a few weeks ago just to get started. She was the first person I ever attempted to really shoot portrait-like shots of.

So this week I picked up an extra lens and went to the Columbia River Gorge for 4 hours with a Portland model and her escort / friend.

So far, 90% plus of my redwood photos are male caucasians. So it came to mind to get a few women into the photos. And then I realized that portrait stuff may be fun too. So the goal is to broaden the variety of my redwood pics, and possibly offer portrait photography in outdoors settings once I nail-down consistency.

Here's a few shots from this week - give me a break on the critique - lol - only my 2nd attempt at portrait scenerio. Oh ... the dark hair gal is the escort ...

But would appreciate feedback ...
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:19 AM
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Now this one came out a lot different than expected, but better than expected. There is point behind this pose in front of the Vista House overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

It has mass and shape similar to the redwood image posted. The pose by the building will also work for the redwood tree. And this is the exact redwood I had in mind before heading up this section of the historical highway. Maybe next autumn or next spring, I'm going to get someone to model in front of the same redwood. Could even be a family member. I had in mind someone of Native American Indian ancestry too, since there were tribes among the coast redwoods before whites settled.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:22 AM
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Here's one of my daughter from the first phase of this experiment a few weeks ago.

Wish I had the particular Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens then, that I bought for this week.
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Also looking to get people of color in the redwood photos like this one taken in Stout Redwood Grove.
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I like the concept. I'm looking at his with an uncalabrated screen on my laptop, I think in some images they might be underexposed and the focus seems to be off. Are you using a tri-pod?

Check out http://photography-on-the.net/forum - This is a canon user forum, for which you will find a lot of very helpful people!

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I like the concept. I'm looking at his with an uncalabrated screen on my laptop, I think in some images they might be underexposed and the focus seems to be off. Are you using a tri-pod?

Check out http://photography-on-the.net/forum - This is a canon user forum, for which you will find a lot of very helpful people!

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I use that Canon forum. Love the resource. Probably my favorite forum for reading and interacting.

Your observation is right to some degree. I hand-held for the model due to time and needing to visit a bunch of spots in short time, plus holding the camera 8 feet high for some shots.

For the forest, I used a tripod a lot, but may see quite a bit of advancement with faster lenses.

Still have plenty of room for improvement in technique and equipment.

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