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By DPhillips
Taken at a recent wedding. I have cropped out the guests on the right and straightened the image.
f 7.1 , 1/640 , 800 ISO , 48mm CWA.

To save anyone asking I set fast ISO in the church to improve lighting and forgot to reset. Anyway this way has captured the petals in the air.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
6 Dec 2010 4:26PM
The shot is extremely soft, despite the fast shutter speed. I have tried to sharpen it some more with little success, so I have to think the original shot was not focused accurately on the couples faces.

Theres obvious overexposure on the left due to strong sunlight, but overall the exposure is not bad.

One thing to keep in mind when re sizing an image for uploading is to check sharpness AFTER you re size, and apply additional sharpening as needed.



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DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
6 Dec 2010 4:56PM
Hi Frank

I am nowhere near being a professional. I have only had this setup for 1 month. Regarding my cropping...above the heads of the couple in a row of unsightly windows. Had I left those I would have been severely criticized. I will try and load it for you to see.

Regarding left or right, this is South Africa and couples walk as you have observed in some churches.

Thanks anyway for your thoughts
DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
6 Dec 2010 5:11PM
BTW Frank

I have been looking at your PF which I enjoy somewhat. You have a number of photos of roses. In my PF I also have included a few items which I think are OK. If you would be kind enough could you please tel;l me briefly what you think.

DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
6 Dec 2010 5:53PM
thks frank

don't intend weddings. i prefer the fun side!!!
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
7 Dec 2010 7:27AM
Hi Dorian,

Just to add to the great critique above, weddings are inherantly difficult as is any shot of a couple wearing dark and bright colours in bright midday sunshine.

It is much better to underexpose and try to lift detail out of darker areas in Photoshop than it is to reduce overexposed areas which contain very little detail at all.

The best idea is to locate the exposure lock button which I think is marked AEL on the Pentax and meter for the bright areas and recompose holding the AEL button. That way the bright highlights will not blow out and the darker areas can be lifted later on.

give it a try.

DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
7 Dec 2010 7:36AM
Thanks Dave A great idea
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2010 9:49AM
This is a shot for the bride and groom. Regardless of any other comments, this is very un-sharp and it looks movement. That means sharpening in software will have little or no effect.

It is difficult to understand how, at 1/640, there can be this much movement and, retrospectively - how did you have the focus set - because it is entirely possible that the camera has also not focussed correctly.

DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
9 Dec 2010 10:13AM

Your comment regarding eye contact is noted. My reason for not doing so was to increase a feeling of spontanuity .
1 Jan 2011 9:22PM
you can improve photo by cut/ pasting out confetti showing infront of brides face and also the light fitting showing in top right.
also would have been tempted to use camera blur filter in photoshop and use mast to slectively apply
DPhillips 7 20 South Africa
2 Jan 2011 9:27AM
With due respect the confetti is part of the photo and catching it in the air is in itself is a feat.

The very first comment made on this photo tells me it is too soft, yet you say "blur". why?

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