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Serenity in Music

By tari1005
This is a photo I took recently at a wedding, the Bride was verry nervous, en has one of those closed off kinds of personalities. She does however love playing her violin so I desided to incorporate it into her bridal photo's. I tried to use as less flash as possitle to capture the natural light of the room. I love the calmness of the photo. Tell me what you think.

Tags: Sunlight Music Wedding General Shadows Violin Bride Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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conrad 13 10.9k 116
14 Nov 2012 8:06AM
Excellent idea, this, and I agree that it does have a certain serenity to it. I also quite like the light in this image. It all works very well.

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
14 Nov 2012 8:12AM
Music has charms to sooth the savage breast...

Beautiful light and tones. An excellent image but maybe not as a wedding image for me, the instrument and her expression gives a certain dolefulness and suggest lament for her situation.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Nov 2012 8:47AM
Great photo ! very special and I am sure she LOVES it Smile
rogerdoger 7 16
14 Nov 2012 9:59AM
Great shot .Works really well. Loads of atmosphere and I think you have the flash balence just right.
Roger Hance
Bonvilston 7 61 8 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 12:11PM
I think it is a wonderful idea. I must say, until i read your description i did wonder at how posh her nightie was ! Wink The tone and the lighting is just perfect....Peter
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
14 Nov 2012 2:36PM
Hi Marlise,

A very visually attractive shot. You havent provided enough exif/shot details for a detailed critique, so I can comment only on what I see.

Did you deliberately tilt the shot? it look fine, but also looks fine straight.

Theres a lot of colour noise in this, - you can reduce this quite easily. Its visible in the darker areas, - so I assume a high ISO. Oddly, the noise seems to add the impression of an old painting in this!

Youve managed the light very well and the glow here makes it look quite magical. Did you add glow in post processing, - a diffuse glow filter for example, - its works very well.

Ive uploaded a mod that straightened using the corner of the wall as a reference, and I have reduces noise, and reduce the window glare slightly, - not the dress. No other changes. Scroll up this page, click the modification tab to view. It works as it is, - the mod is simply an alternate.

Hope this helps,


Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 5:08PM
Superb shot !!!!....lovely aura from the backlighting !!

I've done a simple mod. for your consideration....straightened up the window-frame, cropped the image, then
added a hint of 'Diffuse Glow' for a 'dreamy' effect....& finished with a thin black border........gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 7:57PM
Strange wedding image. The makings of a cracker but does need to be straightened and a good stop less exposure with the shadows then lightened. You give us no details but I suspect auto exposure and no flash fill, which, if subtle, would fill the shadows whilst allowing the highlightx to record a bit better.


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