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  #114 Perspective
Entry 15 of 19
Just married...       ©2012 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       15th place, 43 points
1/100s, f4, ISO 80, 139mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Very slight crop, resize, sharpen.       Extra Info: Shot from the guest's perspective, my hope was to capture the sense of the intimacy of the moment, one of many shared before assembled friends and relatives, all part of the public declaration and affirmation of their love and unity in the ceremony of marriage. By shooting through the crowd, I hoped both to frame the couple and add a touch of voyeurism, in the sense that despite the public nature of the event, such personal moments are truly intimate. I also had to work with the direct sunlight, and took advantage of the reflected light which "bounced" to highlight both faces and focus attention on the couple.
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Apr 20, 2012
    I didn't mean to imply 4 boys LOL I always wanted a daughter but it didn't happen - maybe just as well as there might be a few dead teenage boyfriends piled up on my doorstep :-)))

Interested to hear about your friend who tried out for space pilot. I volunteered for the low level extraction program when I was a parachutist. Fortunately they decided to try it out first with real dummies instead. I was told that the chutes drew the sled slowly out of the Herc and it slid to the ground - where the nose dug in and it flipped over - ouch

Apr 17, 2012
    Jade - you are obviously a person/player after my own heart. Good luck on the 4 kids - I did try LOL

Jade O.
Apr 17, 2012
    All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players...

Apr 17, 2012
    Jade, I still love this photo - our wedding photog was a dear friend who was petrified of leaving the lens cap on. Aside from some great photos, we have a collection of absolutely hilarious shots to which we've added our own brand of humorous comments. Gotta have fun...

Jade O.
Apr 17, 2012
    Ah, Michael. I could be saying I'm not married or I could be referring to wedding photography by my hand.

(O.k. Would you believe I've never been married and I think four kids would be perfect!)

Apr 17, 2012
    Jade - Your last comment implies that you are not married. It somehow reminded me of when I finally got hitched. An old army buddy turned up uninvited, and stated that he was only there to make absolutely sure that it was my head on the block. Apparently the punters had chosen me as the everlasting bachelor. So if you are single and you do get married don't be surprised if someone shows up at your wedding with a hat pin and give you a poke to make sure it's you. LOL

Apr 17, 2012
    Jade, although I do not think your photos met the intent of the challenge, there is no question that they are fine work. The framing in this shot is wonderful. The expressions are wonderful. Wedding shots are notoriously difficult to do well. Both of your entries are beyond the curve. I hope the couple appreciates what you have captured for them.

I think both of us had some problems with this challenge!

Thanks also for you comment on the snail. See my latest and last entry on this matter. ;-)

Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    Thanks for the votes and comments! (And, yes, the couple liked the shot, too.)

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Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    No question, I'm getting the windows cleaned for my wedding photos...

Apr 16, 2012
    Jade - The trees are not sprouting, they are well in the background. It's a beautiful shot, stop trying to find fault with it I was more concerned about all the dust you left on the negative just above her head :-D

Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    Michael, I agree the blown highlights are minimal and your eye fills in but I still go with the theory as set out to mrsawyer below that you don't have to be high key to use blown highlights to focus attention on your subject - I'm just not sure if that theory has a wider audience in the pro photog community! I most pleased with tackling the tricky lighting situation (and so far no one has complained about tree limbs sprouting from heads!)

Apr 16, 2012
    This one hit me first time though and I'm still blown away by how powerful it is. I suspect you might lose votes as it is not the usual kind of perspective. I think including the guest's in the close foreground is what gives this shot depth and is a big part of what makes it so special. The blown highlights are minimal - in fact my eye tends to fill them in. The flowers are perfect in location and symbolism. You certainly did capture the intimacy of the moment and I'm sure you (and the couple) are very satisfied with the result.

Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    mrsawyer I have a theory about blown highlights which I've tried to exploit before (see my Open entry in Challenge #68) which is to say it is effective to focus attention on the intended subject (much like some high key images). My thinking here is that the blown highlight forces your eye to the faces but I really didn't have much choice given the lighting to do too much about it anyway (both entries in this Challenge were also picked for their lighting challenges.)

Lo, they are a wonderful couple.

fc Actually, the next shot is of the bride looking directly at me; I was close enough that she saw the camera.

Apr 16, 2012
    Capturing candids at 1/100 of a second is not easy. But you have pulled it off here. The light is a bit harsh on the woman's shoulder, but the lighting of the facial expressions more than makes up for that. A cleverly chosen perspective. In my favs. Good luck.

Apr 15, 2012
    I think you've achieved what you hoped for - it's a beautiful moment captured for all time, and it's so intimate that I almost feel like a guest. Best wishes to this young couple for a wonderful life together.

Apr 14, 2012
    a realy nice picture of a happy couple who were not aware of your gaze. great use of framing as well as perspective

Jade O.
Apr 14, 2012
    raf I'm leaving my comment here rather than on what I am almost certain is your entry. Nice to see you back! Your comments inspired me to stay on in the beginning despite my not quite encouraging 65th position on my first entry. I've learned to become better in no small part because of you. So thanks! And I've tried to follow your example with new entrants - a kind word can go far!

The couple are my friends and they love this shot (and some others). And, yes, thanks also for the comments here; I saw the lighting challenges but also the opportunity -- and it worked out! Again, credit to you for your encouraging words way back when...you've kept me inspired to keep learning.

Apr 13, 2012
    Nice perspective that changes up the common wedding shot. I think the fact that they probably did not see this shot coming means the smiles are more natural. I think the couple would love this shot. I would have.

What is really impressive though is the handling of the tough lighting situation. Some burn highlights on the dress and shoulder, but really we have enough light where we want it and not too much where it would be too distracting.
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