Shooting into the sun, with green grass?

I've been posting here a lot.  That mean I'm really stressed out at work lol!


I have another question about shooting into the sun.  I love this type of look, warm and whimsical-


I ve been posting photo 3121274-1


I ve been posting photo 3121274-2


They look simple to create, but all my attempts look odd:


I ve been posting photo 3121274-3


I ve been posting photo 3121274-4


From the raw photos, I dialed up the exposure, but couldn't dial up too much because the face would just appear from gray to light gray - not too helpful.  In order to add some color to the face, and also to add warmth, I used dual tone in LR, with orange as the highlight.  I couldn't add too much orange because the subjects are asian, and they'd look jaundiced with too much orange.  If I counter the jaundice look with blue or purple in dualtone shadow, then the green grass' color would look too cold.


Without the people, I'd love for the grass to be yellower for the late afternoon warmth look.  But I can't make the grass appear the way I'd like without making my subjects looking jaundiced.


Am I doing something wrong in post processing, or did I not expose properly when taking these shots?   I "thought" I exposed for the face.  I chose the center meter (the metering icon with a little dot in the center). Does center metering mean it exposes for the dead center of the frame, or the focus spot?  I assumed the latter but now I'm worried it might just be dead center.


Or was the sun too harsh, and the whimsical look cannot be achieved under such lighting condition without a reflector or fill flash?

Posted on September 2, 2011 at 7:00 am
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Any advice?

Posted on September 4, 2011 at 8:33 am
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I've got no idea o be honest, but where I would start is to maybe use a polarising filter if you don't already. 

Posted on September 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm
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Based on the colors of the sky in the first photo, I'd say it's some post processing done with layer masks in PS. :)  You have to get crafty and erase the masks on the face and skin of the subject.  Do you use PS?  If so, I can PM you some recommendations as far as actions go for this type of effect.

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 3:47 am
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@Belgian, That's an interesting idea.  You mean a CP?  I don't have one (yet).  I thought it's mostly used by landscape photographers though.  Do most people photographers carry one around?


@Allie, I do have PS, so please send them my way!  Did you mean they photoshopped the subject or the background?  I haven't tried to photoshop them separately, but that's a good idea.  I'm usually too lazy to send my photos to the PS land. I have a sneaky suspicion my raw data lacks the details needed to revive the faces though, because of the harsh light.

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 5:29 am
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Yelppuppy, did you see the shooting backlit series done by ELizabeth Halford? You probab;y have, and it might not be telling you anything you don't know yet. But who knows, might be usefull. 


BTW, yes, I meant a circular polarizing filter. They're great for frontal lighting, reflections,... 


 

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 2:21 am
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Thank you, Belgian, that's such a resourceful website.

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

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