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Savoring the moment

By uep  
With this image, I was trying to capture the moment where a bride is taking the time to appreciate her wedding dress,.

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26 Feb 2013 9:05AM
Beautiful I really love the pose, Grin

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Dinky65 5 1 United States
26 Feb 2013 12:01PM
I think you did a great job.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Feb 2013 12:54PM
It's an interesting picture, but I think there are some issues that you could address in upcoming shots.

First off, I'm not convinced with the pose - the bride could just as well be upset or mellow, rather than appreciating the dress. Why am I saying this? Primarily as I can't see her facial expression properly, and neither can I see her eyes. I would have preferred a pose where she is interacting with the dress, like for instance "widening" the skirt a bit and smiling, or arranging a detail while looking at a full length mirror, etc. In this pose, it is conveying to me a slightly mellower/quieter mood, as if she's taking her time to let the moment sink in before she gets married. Nothing wrong in capturing such a mood of course, but if that's not what you set out for, then maybe in this aspect you didn't capture what you wanted to capture, photographically speaking. This is of course my perception of the pictures and I'm confident others will probably disagree.

As regards the technical merits of the picture, I think the image looks sharp where it has to, but the lighting from the sun is too harsh and there are in fact hotspots on her right shoulder and her hair that lower the artistic value of the picture in my opinion. I would have rather taken this picture indoors, using softer lighting if available, or natural light diffused with translucent fabrics, for instance.

Also, with an aperture of 2.8 and the bride out in the sun, I would have opted for an ISO of 100 or lower (if possible) as you really didn't need that "high" an ISO for this image.

I like the OOF areas, but the image didn't really need this element in my opinion to portray the message you had in mind. Shooting this indoors would have potentially resulted in an image without such an OOF element, but with better control over lighting and exposure, and I think in the latter case the image would have been better.

Hope this helps.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 2:28PM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine, you'r in the critique gallery so asking and inviting advice and comments on your photo.
I had a look at your web site, you have some great wedding images there.

"trying to capture the moment where a bride is taking the time to appreciate her wedding dress,"

She may have been appreciating her dress at that moment but I don't feel the photo is getting this across very well. I may be wrong and I hope the bride looks at the image and enjoys warm memories of that moment.
As a photo it does not show off the dress very well, she is squashed in a door way and the dress is not arranged. The bright light on her chest and right breast is very distracting. Some might say burnt out.
Although I'm not a wedding photographer I do understand the nature of reportage type wedding shots and that photographic standards are sometimes a little lower with such shots. I would still be reluctant to include this in a wedding portfolio even if it was a precious moment. It would too easy for her to show it to a photographic friend and your reputation might suffer.
I'm sure you captured other great pictures of her,
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
26 Feb 2013 3:03PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Riann.

You have used a + 2 EC for this shot, so I have to assume you wanted to overexpose quite a bit. This does give the dress more of a dreamy look, but has the disadvantage of blowing some dress detail, and causing some very blown area on the brides shoulder. Perhaps using a fill flash rather than the EC?

I also guess the ISO 400 was due to shooting indoors, then this shot, and forgetting to switch. So ISO 400 combined with +2 is the result we see here.

I have uploaded 2 mods, - scroll up this page and click on the modifications tab to see them,and view large. First is an attempt to use the highlight tool in CS6 to recover detail, and using this as a base, the second has a diffuse glow applied, - similar in a way to the original, but with a lot more detail. cant do anything about the blown highlights on her shoulder/neck. With some more time, I would clone out that white :bar: on the right of her head.

But, Ill bet she loves this,

Enjoy the site,


paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 5:14PM
The pose and idea are great. Technically you shouldn't have used +2in these circumstances. The result is extreme over exposure in places and rather than dreamy it is just burnt out. I would have exposed for highlights and filled with flash. That's the old fashioned way.

Not sure why such a wide aperture and fast shutter speed with high ISO? ISO200 on a Nikon and a couple of stops down to get the best from the lens.

However, most clients look at the image, not the technique, and if the bride likes it, end of story. Technically not what I would have done though.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 5:39PM
Welcome to the site, I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do!
I'm late arriving here, a lot has been covered. Can I add that the pose works for me - but I really want to see her hands; the curtains at the side are maybe intended to create a frame and diffuse the light but they complicate things for me. Not seeing her face is attractive, we are imagining what she is thinking. But it throws attention onto the rest of her stance, and seeing those hands on the rail, framing the dress, would balance this for me.
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 8:06PM
I think the photo's beautiful and I love the light.

My two mods are just an adjustment really, cloning out things I thought were possibly distracting and increasing the contrast in selected areas of the dress. I made a mask of everything except the b/g then blurred the b/g slightly.

The second mod reduced the saturation and increased the contrast of the first.

7 Mar 2013 5:47PM
Beautiful - welcome to EPZ.


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