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  #114 Perspective
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The Bride       ©2012 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       15th place, 4 points
1/250s, f5.6, ISO 80, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Resized.       Extra Info: Although there are some issues with blown highlights, I am interested in your comments and criticisms on the low angle. Taken at normal height, the shot was very ordinary; from this perspective, the background was cleaner, the composition more pleasing and the image more dramatic, but is it better?
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Apr 17, 2012
    You have me there. As Manuel would say "I know nuuting"

Jade O.
Apr 17, 2012
    Well, Michael, I don't think you really thought of the third meaning, did you?

fc Me, give up? Never! ;-)

Apr 17, 2012
    '. . it was shot from (for me) a very unusual ground level perspective." Jade - with shots like this you really should spend more time on your knees . . . and yes I know that can be taken in two ways - it's true for both! ROFLMAO

Apr 17, 2012
    I looked again at the first one in 2009' I was not participating at that time but was one that I liked then and now, having worked in the industry I know how difficult it is to get the result as it is live and no chance of a reshoot. Also as you were a spectator you don't get the chance to move people as the pro would do. Don't give up as they are very good examples of instant pics and are better than some of the so called pro's take.

Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    O.k. That's it. From now on I'm staying away from bride shots, LOL! (And even though my first ever entry is among my favourites of all time)!

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Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    ehstebann No quibble with your comments from me -- wait a second, are you saying everyone shoots wedding portraits from right on the ground so this is not a really unusual perspective?! ;-)

Michael, I don't disagree so please stop apologizing for good critique! - especially when you know it's me you're critiquing! Please understand I'm only saying this because you are sometimes very Canadian with the apologies - it is a good quality we should all be proud of.

Old Finn I tend to like this shot so I agree with you. I find it not so obvious that it was shot from (for me) a very unusual ground level perspective.

Apr 16, 2012
    It is a good shot.
I think the low angles helps to improve the picture. When people are staring into your camera at camera level the pics often look stiff and synthetic. Here the photographer clearly is an observer, and not part of the scene.

On the other hand I didn't put it into my top ten because the perspective itself is not totally special and I went for the "get a really unusual perspective of something"-interpretation of the challenge topic.

Apr 16, 2012
    I imagine this angle would be better for sure. I think the couple need to be lighter and I would clone out the mother as you have obviously caught her at an unfortunate moment. Then I would crop the couple as closely as possible to get rid of all distractions on both sides. Please understand I'm only saying all this because you asked for it.

Old Finn
Apr 16, 2012
    I think the low angle is perfect here.

Jade O.
Apr 16, 2012
    mrsawyer I agree to the left was the place to be - where the pro wedding photog was. My experience is my onboard flash on the fz-30 just won't reach far here. RAW would be an idea but I've never tried it.

Lo, I agree I blew it on crowding the head.

fc Definitely the steps would be through the head and I did do portrait shots while standing at this spot as well. The path I am on Y's with one side up the stair and the other on a bridge over the spillway. No way for me to move left without getting in the way of the pro photog.

Apr 16, 2012
    If possible, moving the camera a few degrees to the left would have made the shot much better, as more of the taller gentleman's face would have been in view. Also using fill flash or metering on the bride's face may have alleviated the shadowing of the faces. The low angle works well. Perhaps if this was shot in RAW, the facial shadows could have been fixed without losing detail in the dress. Much to consider!

Apr 15, 2012
    Sometimes groupings taken from this angle can be disastrous, mostly due to the angle of the chin, but you've taken it beautifully. My only negative would be that you've crowded the man's head a little.

Apr 14, 2012
    the picture would have been too busy behind the group with the waterfall and the steps behind would have lines behind the group. not knowing what other spot was available i would have tried to be more left of the couple and used the tree as a background behind and then taken it as a portrait. this picture could be cropped to remove the fence on the left as the angled rail takes the eye upwards. still well done and on theme and yes it is better than you would have got at higher viewpoint
Edited on Apr 14, 2012

Jade O.
Apr 14, 2012
    Raf, I've done no pp and I shot some with fill flash and some without. I find the fz-30 onboard flash doesn't do much for faces at this distance, and, as it turns out, the closet part of the dress was blown anyway. I might be able to salvage the image a bit with PP but I found the dynamic range here beyond my ability to rectify in camera. Still, I chose this shot for some C&C - to learn. I like the power brought by the angle but felt the "feel" maybe at odds with a wedding image - so I'm polling for feedback and appreciate your comments. (Also I think the mother of the bride - yes that is her on the left - her face angled down I think is the only thing saving this from the up the nose effect; only wish her eyes looked more open and toward camera - but they were posing for the pro-hired wedding photog and I needed to stay well out of the way.)
Edited on Apr 14, 2012

Apr 13, 2012
    Like the angle, I think the choice helps separate the group from the background without getting that up the nose weirdness, The subjects faces are a little dark here. A touch of fill flash might have helped.
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