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A few casual portraits with SEL 50mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by fractal, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Snapped a few impromptu portraits at a family gathering. NEX-7 + SEL 50mm 1.8.

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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Very nice. Last one has a bit of an orange glow though.
     
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Very nice portraits! Lovely rendering from that lens.
     
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  4. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Great shots.
    Probably my favorite lens.
     
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  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Great family shots!
     
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  6. Pitter

    Pitter TalkEmount Veteran

    Well done. Good captures of the folks.
     
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  7. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    This last weekend was a family wedding. A few more portraits with the NEX-7 + SEL 50mm 1.8 combo...

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  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
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  9. s10010001

    s10010001 New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 7, 2015
    Scott
    Love the SEL 50mm 1.8

    OP: They look a little soft, or OOF. Were you shooting @ 1.8? Be careful with portrait work @ 1.8 as the DOF is so shallow its has displeasing results. The first one shot of grandma if focused on the hair around the ears and her face is out of focus. I stick with 2.8 for candid/family portraits. You do loose that milky back ground a little bit, but you can make up for it by planing the shot with more distance between subject and background. I also like the sigma 60mm for this reason.. 2.8+10mm give me a little better balance with the DOF for this kind go work.

    Thats a major portrait work benefit to a FF body... 2.8 on FF gives you excellent bokhen with better DOF to keep the entire subject in focus.

    .. @ 1.8 at least focus on the eye :)
     
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    They look sharp with adequate DOF for the eyes to me. Just looks like they weren't sharpened much after resizing.
     
  11. s10010001

    s10010001 New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 7, 2015
    Scott
    Just the first two I guess... I only see the hair in focus. I guess the unwires lies in the metadata :) I never like any portraits @ 1.8... Always seem to distract me when any part of the face is not in focus.

    The very last one on the OPs second set in front of the red barn is excellent! Love the color, background, Focus, crop, smiles... good stuff.
     
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  12. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Thanks for the feedback. Love to hear any constructive criticism.

    The picture in question ( of my Mother ) was shot @ f/4 as for the most part I've long since given up trying to nail the eyes at f/1.8 - especially for casual shots.

    In LR i moved the clarity slider to the left (negative) to give the shot a softer look and added some NR to smooth some of the skin. Perhaps that is what you are picking up.
    Most older people I know are not exactly fans of super sharp portraits. :D
     
  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave

    They should be well pleased.
     
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  14. s10010001

    s10010001 New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 7, 2015
    Scott
    Ahh I see, it is the clarity slider I see. cool bean :) Im not a fan, but to each you know.

    I love the red barn shot (last one) great shot!
     
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