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The moment in an Indian wedding...

Camera:Olympus E-520
Lens:zuiko digital 70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Wedding Moment
Username:sagaya sagaya
Uploaded:18 Dec 2010 - 9:11 PM
Tags:Fashion, Indian, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Ritual, Wedding, Wedding / social
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wolf1964
wolf1964  9 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2010 - 12:14 PM

With regard to the copyright - whether it's easy to remove or not is immaterial. The creator of the shot has deemed it protected and is making a legal statement to safeguard their work, irrespective of size or resolution. This is important to safegaurd the occupation of photography as access to free uncopyrighted work is killing off trade for photographers. A corporate website can use a 300 pixel image quite sufficiently in a number of ways.

As for the composition, my personal feeling is that it may have been better to take a shot of the groom from further to the right and cut out a lot of the background ... and perhaps re-titled it to 'Indian Groom'.

I've seen the modified image and it looks a lot better Smile

All the best

Wolf

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wolf1964
wolf1964  9 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2010 - 3:27 PM


Quote: Quote:With regard to the copyright - whether it's easy to remove or not is immaterial. The creator of the shot has deemed it protected and is making a legal statement to safeguard their work, irrespective of size or resolution. This is important to safegaurd the occupation of photography as access to free uncopyrighted work is killing off trade for photographers. My comments were to help sagaya and not for you to comment upon.

As were mine ... I suggest you contact me direct if you have a problem. This post is about Sagaya ... not your ego.

All the best

Wolf

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2010 - 4:18 PM

It's not easy to take photos at these kind of events. I like how you have focussed on the groom but we have the bride and her helpers in the background. I think I would have tried to move round a bit though to get more of the groom's face into the pic, without being intrusive. This would have excluded some of the elements in the right hand part of the picture which make it look a bit "busy" and crowded.

The exposure looks slightly on the yellow side. I think this may be due to the internal lighting which often creates colour casts. You could get round it by working in Raw so that you can change the colour balance at the processing stage.

Hope this helps

Catherine

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discreetphoton Site Moderator 93453 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2010 - 4:24 PM


Quote: My comments were to help sagaya and not for you to comment upon.

If the comments are made in the public sectors of the website, then they are open for discussion. If that's a problem, then we will have to make some deletions. Please keep it polite chaps.

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2010 - 12:56 PM

The crop works very well for this shot.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2010 - 3:30 PM

Not sure what the moment is, and if you don't know the ceremony then it is difficult to see the focal point of this image. The figure on extreme left is the sharp bit with the two other objects un-sharp.

I, too, cannot see the need for logos or watermarks in 600 pixel critique images. Some do it discretely, but some are totally insistent. Who wants to pinch a 600 pixel image from a critique gallery anyway.

For me, what is presented here is for critique - a logo is part of the presentation and thus up for critique. If it detracts, then that has to be fair comment.

Just my thoughts....

Paul

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sagaya
sagaya  6
21 Dec 2010 - 6:41 AM

Hi All,

Thank you so much for your comments, advise, photography suggestions. Truly appreciate all of it. I may have to clarify.

1. The wedding is an Ceylonese Indian Wedding. The person who is at the forefront is the groom's uncle who has to perform certain ritual during and before the wedding. The bride and her groom is actually at the background. As you may notice the groom is trying the "thali" around her neck assisted by some of her relatives. He has to quickly put 3 knots which is symbolic for the Indians.

2. The "kuttu velakku" or oil lamp, similar to our altar candle light, I was an alter boy hence I asked around, signifies her role to light and guide, to rule and guard her husband and her family. Similar to how we believe about a candle on a hill provides light to others while burning itself. The uncle who is at the foreground is seen about to break a coconut removed of it's husks. This breaking motion signifies his advice asking them to break their skulls in where the EGO resides. EGO is a construct of our MIND after all! Removing EGO from marriage is a cornerstones of the HINDU culture.

3. I was sitting in one of the table as a guest and as usual brought my faithful Olympus with me. The shot was taken from about 20 or 30 meters away with no flash. I was using the existing lighting within the Wedding hall. Moved a little to capture the bride as the center piece with all the chaos around her...

I gave it to them after the wedding as a gift!

About the watermark, I have set my editing software to always upload with it as a precaution as I agree with Wolf1964. Those who want to use it, use it. Those who want feel they want to contribute, let them contact me. Otherwise don't judge for I am no better than you or anyone else. We are all photographers. Some professional, some amateurs and some like me are newbies. I come here to get some ideas and ways to improve my hobby. So once again, I thank all of you for your thoughts and guidance.

ps: if any of you have your own website where I can view some shots to get better ideas, please feel free to email or just reply this thread. Ty.


Sagaya

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sagaya  6
21 Dec 2010 - 6:48 AM


Quote:

For me, what is presented here is for critique - a logo is part of the presentation and thus up for critique. If it detracts, then that has to be fair comment.

Just my thoughts....

Paul

Ty Paul. You made a good point! Smile

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