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Had an engagement shoot last week. Thought i would try something a little different with this one. Does it work?
Like the lighting on this, but not sure about the crop. Seen your forum post, I know wot you mean even negative feedback is appreciated at least I would know.
Quote: Does it work?
...not for me it doesn't...sorry
Thanks for the comments Neil and Mike. Didn't start my thread in the aid of getting votes so it's appreciated to hear some honest feedback.
Hello, Iain. This doesn't work for me. It is too bright and I feel I would like to see the faces. I can understand that you probably wanted to depict the holding of hands, but the hands themselves are very hard to see. The engagement ring and the hands would make a lovely shot for such an occasion, but much closer. Sorry to be so negative.
Not doing it for me either....
Don't let that put you off trying something new though, Because its a brave move to try something a little different, But its the only way as an individual that you can break new ground, Or produce your own unique take/style ...!!!
Nope doesn't work for me either, I think I understand what you were trying to achieve, maybe slightly inceasing the contrast on the subjects and leaving the summer light around them may be better? Just a thought?
I'm all for being different but if it's only myself that likes it then what is the point?
Don't say sorry Pamela, i'd rather have honest opinions than none at all.
I love this type of technique into the sun with loads of rim light and overexposure...we have a few young photographers who submit loads of this on ePHOTOzine that works really well.
I think you have some excellent rim light, love the tree on the left in the background too, and the flare. What doesn't work for me is the crop. If this is about an engagement it's about two people and you've lost the personalities by cropping off their heads. Although I assume your idea is all about the rings, so go in closer so you see them. I feel it's caught between two worlds in a place that doesn't work.
Thanks Pete. thats all i was needing to hear really, the crop and the lighting.
Contrary to most I quite like the crop but I would have been more adventurous by cropping the top third of the image from just above the highlight under Jo's armpit to the bottom of the picture; for me the personality of the couple is plainly evident in the clasp of the hands.
The image clearly does of course suffer technically and there is a danger that you get so caught up within creativity that you leave out some aspects of technique; however much much worse still is to get caught up in the bounds of technique that you omit creativity; the lighting and emotion makes the picture and you are getting my vote to encourage your creativity.
The more i look at this now i do feel myself that i could have cropped a little lower as you can see a little of Emma's neck and too much of her shoulder. I try to be different and won't stop.
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