Lydia Bennett

  • Oh!! And that was actually my initial thought as far as your location for the second photo. But then the angle seemed different so I thought, ehh, I could see it being over to the right. Should’ve gone with my initial impression! Lol! But that is indeed an excellent example of focal length. Also, a good reminder of how taking similar photos from…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic Baby chickens in the forum Photo Critique 1 day, 4 hours ago

    I did try a little bit to look at the eyes to help me with determining if they were in focus, but it’s still hard to tell in some of the photos! I think I can see what you’re saying though. So now as I’m looking again through some of my “best” photos from that shoot, would you say that all these eyes below are in focus, but not one with the pink…[Read more]

  • Hi @momparfitt!

    I absolutely love the combo of brightness, soft lighting (was the sun peeking out?), and the soothing colors of the outfits. And it’s actually snowing? How cool is that?! Also no one looks frozen – which can be hard to do when it’s cold outside! 😀

    It looks like the line between snow and trees in the background is a slight hill,…[Read more]

  • @jamesstaddon, should we have a model release for this assignment?

  • Hey everyone! My brother and his wife recently got some baby chickens (a first in our family!), so when my other siblings and I went over for a visit, I took along my camera and we had ourselves a little photo shoot! 🙂

    I’d love critique on them – composition, editing, etc. Some of the photos don’t seem quite tack sharp in focus, but sometimes I…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic Water fall in the forum Photo Critique 1 week, 2 days ago

    My pleasure!

    To me, the way it’s edited now looks like there’s a filter of some sort over the photo, which gives a slight hazy effect and almost looks a little bit fake.

    I did a super quick edit on your original photo so you can see a little easier what I was originally thinking. 🙂 Here’s what I did (besides cropping out the top and the brigh…[Read more]

  • @dan-cope

    Scenes like these just make you stop in your tracks. There’s so much magnificent beauty to take in.

    This is a good challenge you’ve put forth!! ….I’m going to say that you were over to the right from where you took the first photo for the second one?? Looks like the pines on the right of photo 1 are the foreground of photo 2, plus th…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic Water fall in the forum Photo Critique 1 week, 6 days ago

    @izzyb, I can’t say definitively, but in my experience on both phone and computer, if you right-click (or the equivalent of that on a touch-screen) on a photo, one of the things that comes up as options is “details” or “properties” and that should have the specs listed in it. I don’t have Apple products so I’m not sure if that’s the case on you…[Read more]

  • Hi @ian! Just a couple quick thoughts I had…

    – I appreciate the fact that you mentioned that you took the time to clear unwanted twigs and sticks. That is SO important! So often it’s the little time spent now that saves lots of time later.
    – I think a little more vibrant color and contrast would be good in editing. Perhaps tweak the highlights,…[Read more]

  • Fun! Hope you get some nice pictures! The other thing I did last year when I wanted dewdrops on flowers but I didn’t make it out early enough during the day was to simply spray them with a spray bottle of water. If you do it right (or should I say, “dew” it right? 😀 ) it looks perfectly natural. 🙂

    Amen, the Lord surely is good! He is faithful…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic Water fall in the forum Photo Critique 2 weeks, 3 days ago


    Welcome to the forums, Liz!

    Those are some nice falls! You did alot better at your first silky water attempt than I did on mine! It looks like it wouldn’t have hurt to have a slightly slower shutter speed – the falls look somewhat silky smooth, but I think there’s still a bit too much texture in them. I also do notice some blown out…[Read more]

  • Hi @blessingscaptured – I totally understand where you’re coming from here! I get in ruts too. 😉

    Thoughts in general:
    – I notice that you’ve got similar lighting in these three photos, so perhaps try shooting at different types of day. Golden hour in the morning I love the combo of backlight and dew!
    – If your pictures are always looking the…[Read more]

  • And here are some for Isaiah 55:10-12, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth…”

    All from my archives; I realize some of them are p…[Read more]

  • Here are my submissions for Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

    The first three are from my archives, the others are from last week when my family was in FL for…[Read more]

  • Welcome to the Lenspiration forums, @cecilia16PATCH! If you’re submitting photos for this specific assignment, Beautiful Scenery, upload them right here to this forum string; James will critique them on the webinar. There’s more info on submitting photos for Shoot to Serve Assignments here too.

    If you’re registered for the webinar and have photos…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic The Moon in the forum Photo Critique 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Thanks! I was coming to realize shooting with a landscape like you mentioned would be my better option; I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for opportunities to include the moon in a landscape some day in the future!

    I had not seen that post or thread – thanks for pointing me in that direction! Certainly a good amount…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett replied to the topic The Moon in the forum Photo Critique 1 month ago

    Thanks for your comments, @silas, @loganlamar and @dhancock!

    I appreciate the tips, Logan! My longest focal length is 200mm. The point about capturing the moon rising is good; last night I was it coming up and it was absolutely beautiful in the clear sky, but alas, I didn’t have my camera with me at the time! 🙂

    I shot these two photos last…[Read more]

  • Lydia Bennett started the topic The Moon in the forum Photo Critique 1 month, 1 week ago

    On my way inside the house on Sunday night after church, I noticed the moon and how bright it was and thought, “Hey you know what, it’s about time I try my hand at shooting the moon.” I’ve never really taken pictures at night other than fireworks.

    I like the fact that it does indeed look like the moon, but I don’t like the lack of artistry…[Read more]

  • I agree. “Uninformed viewer”…. aka, me! I didn’t nearly get the same sense of the enormity of the falls looking at the trees as I did looking at the people. Trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so they don’t necessarily tell the best story of how big or small something is. People are just a tad more uniform in size. 🙂

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