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Recent wedding at Horsley Towers, Surrey.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Oct 2011 - 12:25 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Groom and Best Man
Username:AlexisRoberts AlexisRoberts
Uploaded:22 Feb 2012 - 5:49 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Peter23
Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2012 - 6:51 PM

Hi,

Technically spot on, you can only work with the lighting you have available with weddings and you have done technically a great job. From a critical point of view I find the wall in the foreground distracting even though it is out of focus it is very prominent.

That is all I can fault as I like the angle and the rest!

Pete

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2799 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2012 - 10:47 PM

Welcome to Ephotozine Alexis, enjoy the site.


This is a nice shot; like the tilt, expressions and eye contact; good exposure; would have benefitted by having the flash on to get some catch-lights in the eyes, - especially the man on the left, whose eyes are quite dark.


Loaded a mod a touch brighter, lightened eyes, and added catch lights.

theres a few wedding shooters that will drop in for sure, - they may have more valuable feedback.



regards



Willie

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2012 - 10:49 PM

Welcome to ePhotozine!

It's largely a matter of taste but the angle doesn't work for me, here. The guy on the right looks natural but the other chap is at an angle where he'd fall over, which makes the shot look uncomfortable. I also find the background a bit cluttered, particularly the pillar behind the neck of the guy on the right, and the hand sticking up from his shoulder. I might crop a little from the space on the right as out-of-focus foregrounds tend to be distracting. A bit of fill flash would bring life to their eyes, especially the guy on the left, whose eyes are rather shaded.

Having said that, I like the relaxed pose and there's definite potential here.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 8:32 AM

The image quality is excellent. But why do so many young modern photographers think tilting the camera is a good idea. It's not natural to have walls leaning like that and, as I look, I tilt my head to correct - that means it doesn't work.

Sorry to go on about this, but I go back to the days of the camera being on a good very solid tripod for wedding work. A rule I still use when I get conned into one.

Paul

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luceombra
luceombra  227 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 10:13 AM

The shot is very nice and i like it as it is. Even the tilting works well to me. I am with Willie concerning the light.
Nevertheless I propose a different version, brighter and cropped, with the right angles. Just my contribution to the discussion Smile
Al

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Peter23
Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 6:23 PM

I just wanted to add the angle thing there is no right and wrong, I have a good friend who is a fantastic wedding photographer who has won awards and been a wedding photographer for a tv show and he does lots of angles so plenty of people love them, I for one if done correctly!

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Jestertheclown
23 Feb 2012 - 6:33 PM

I think the thing with tilting or angles, call it what you will, is that the shot needs to be sufficiently tilted for it to be obvious that the tilt is intentional.
If it's a bit half hearted, it's all too easy to make your artistic statement look like a schoolboy error.
I'm not implying that this is the case here.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2012 - 5:12 PM

Everything subjective is personal. I don't like tilts - unless it was absolutely necessary or not obvious. It seems to be a modern trait as, in my photographic hayday you never saw a tilted image like this.

The bottom line is that, if the customer wants it, do it, but be sure they do want it before you over do it. Shoot both versions to ensure there can be no problem. We had a new young press photographer locally a couple of years ago who did this a lot and he got told to stop by the editor. too many readers were commenting and they weren't selling prints.

It is personal - I rarely like it. Many will. If it sells, so be it!

Can I ask a question - do you use a tripod for the classic groups?

paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 24 Feb 2012 - 5:13 PM

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billydo
billydo e2 Member 1178 forum postsbillydo vcard United Kingdom
11 May 2012 - 8:06 PM


Quote: I think the thing with tilting or angles, call it what you will, is that the shot needs to be sufficiently tilted for it to be obvious that the tilt is intentional.
If it's a bit half hearted, it's all too easy to make your artistic statement look like a schoolboy error.
I'm not implying that this is the case here.

Spot on Jester!

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