The Best Man's Speech

By mrswoolybill
They have been married for just two hours. The groom is undergoing ritual humiliation at the hands of someone he previously considered his best friend, his wife is laughing her head off.
It's a bit soft, and Bill got in the way on the left, but this is one of my favourites from the day.
Last of the wedding b&ws.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Black and white Wedding and social Portraits and people Humour and fun

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SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 7:35AM
A wonderful delightful image and so happy.SmileSmileSmile

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
29 Jul 2013 7:39AM
She's obviously loving every minute of it, Moira, a great capture. Carol
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
29 Jul 2013 8:19AM
It must be so gratifying to see your daughter laughing heartily at her wedding, Moira. You captured the moment so delightfully. Superb!
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
29 Jul 2013 8:24AM
Letting it all out, photojournalistic jewel Moira.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
29 Jul 2013 8:27AM
The relief from all the tension, caught in one moment..classic GrinGrin
29 Jul 2013 8:32AM
Have to say wedding candids aren't really my favourite genre, but when you've a camera in your hands, Moira, you can be very persuasive. This is really good.
And I think Bill's ghostly intrusion actually adds to it, makes it more real.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
29 Jul 2013 8:32AM
Another superb addition for the family album Moira.


ps, being best man at three weddings, I know what the groom was going through! Smile

29 Jul 2013 8:37AM
full blown!!!!
What a wonderful, and special, candid this one Moira GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 8:44AM
Superb candid shot, love it

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
29 Jul 2013 8:51AM
Thought she was sneezing at first GrinGrin. Can't make Bill out at all.

29 Jul 2013 8:56AM
blur, obstruction in the fg left side, emotion captured, (grabbed should I say) : all about imminence and rapidity to react
photography I like!
29 Jul 2013 9:29AM
LOVE this !!! The Bokeh, the grain the expression the composition - excellent!. Steve
nickyv32 9 135 England
29 Jul 2013 10:39AM
Great capture of the moment Moira x
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 10:46AM
A great mono Moira,Smile

boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 10:55AM
Wish I could hear the laugh as well as see it......
footloose 5 1 England
29 Jul 2013 10:58AM
Perfect moment,great timing.well done.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
29 Jul 2013 11:09AM
Such unbridled joy.....I can see why it is your favorite!
29 Jul 2013 11:37AM
Great expression
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
29 Jul 2013 11:51AM
I like the softness to it Moira.
If it is one thing that annoys me at my camera club,
is everyones obsession that the images must be SHARP.
A lot of nonsense if you ask me.
Although I am blunt when I tell them that !!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 12:29PM
Superb, both from an observational perspective, but also from its content Moira.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 984 1498 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 12:45PM
Back home after a distinctly depressing morning. Cheered up a lot now - thanks everyone, and especially Pascal for his UA.
Bill is the white blur on the left, I couldn't quite get rid of all of him and still keep the composition.

Quote:I like the softness to it Moira.
If it is one thing that annoys me at my camera club,
is everyone's obsession that the images must be SHARP.

Precisely. Though I don't think I've managed to get that message across in the Critique Gallery.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
29 Jul 2013 1:42PM
A moment she will also remember. Men............ Do they always get in the wayY
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
29 Jul 2013 2:01PM
A great close-up of the lady's joy, Moira! Grin There does seem to be an obsession with sharpness - and lack of any noise these days. At the YPU Annual Assembly they had a professional photographer displaying his digital work projected onto a large screen and he commented that you should get the image and sod it being biting sharp or noise free (not his exact words!) Wink
Trev Smile
jovanovic 5 26 France
29 Jul 2013 3:08PM
GrinGrinGrin SUPERB!
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
29 Jul 2013 3:17PM
Would have been marvellous if Bill (for example) had been able to capture the groom's expression at the same moment. That might have been not so hale and hearty a laugh as the bride's.

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 4:54PM
That's a real moment in time Moira - I imagine uncaptured by anybody else. A spontaneous moment of joy - wonderful! Grin
29 Jul 2013 5:33PM
[quote I couldn't quite get rid of all of him and still keep the composition.


Camera clubs are obsessed with a lot of things. It's why I avoid them.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 984 1498 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 5:42PM
Bill belonged to a camera club for a year, but left after he was told he should have moved a lamp post...
JawDborn Plus
4 1.0k 1 England
29 Jul 2013 5:54PM
Sarah's laugh is infectious, even via EPZ.Smile What a remarkable capture of spontaneity. I do consider such images are more to be treasured than the traditional posed wedding photos.

29 Jul 2013 6:01PM
A brilliantly timed capture Moira, and I fully understand why this is your favourite.

John Smile
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
29 Jul 2013 6:35PM
excellent work.....full of emotion .love the blurred BG
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
29 Jul 2013 8:03PM
Pure joy Moira SmileSmile And that is priceless Grin

29 Jul 2013 8:39PM
Good shot Moira, love the pov and her laughing Smile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
29 Jul 2013 8:39PM
Perfectly timed

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 9:28PM
definitely one to treasure and so well timed - not like you to get depressed surely
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 10:43PM
A great moment so timely captured.
A great moment captured.. Excellent original wedding shot
30 Jul 2013 10:41AM
wonderful composition, great use of DoF. v.good mono rendering...............regards, phil.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
30 Jul 2013 1:25PM
I always gaze upon the image first and then scroll down to read the descrip. I gotta tell you...I didn't even notice the softness. It just looked perfect and embodied what photography is primarily about for me - capturing the moment. And this is SO well captured. Anyone who spent 2 seconds more on focusing would've missed this great guffaw.

Stellar shot, Moira.


PS Love that laugh GrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
31 Jul 2013 10:19PM
What a wonderful expression you've captured Moira, an image to cherish for years to come and one that will no doubt bring a smile to your face
Oh I really hope they have a long and happy marriage together, that laugh is straight from the heart and I hope she does it often.


Brilliant capture Moira, better to catch the moment of fun than the pin sharp stooky shot in my opinion.
7 Aug 2013 4:30PM
Memorable moments....................Smile..lovely & lively shot...

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