Yes, I do shoot weddings..... occasionally!

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  1. Parker219

    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    You didn't want to blow out the background more?

    What aperture was this shot at?


     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I think it's a lovely photo. You know what you're doing (as always).

    I usually have no critique to speak of and my only nitpick (and what drives me nuts with my photos when I don't catch some little thing in the corner or whatever) is that end of a branch or whatever along the top; a little crop across the top would probably not be a loss and keep the same nice balance you have in the photo.

    Smoke I'd try to not get too caught up in using props etc.; as a teacher it's better to have more than you need and don't need to use it all. Breathe... I find you can do more in 2-3 seconds than you'd think (try counting it, there's time in a couple of seconds to make an adjustment). And - keep breathing! lol that supposedly helps you get focused on what you're doing if you take a breath, seriously! I found it helps if doing a presentation, etc.

    And think about this - at least you aren't walking out on ice before a game hoping to not fall on your a$& in front of thousands of people! lol I was nuts enough to not really care if I did (I didn't) I was too excited and wouldn't have missed it for the world. Have fun!
     
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  3. Derrel

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    I see a little bit of a Lauren Hutton type of thing going on. Not so much Goldie Hawn in my opinion.
     
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    Beautiful bride in a nice setting. I like the casual feel to the photo and the lighting.
     
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    danbob6 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with the positive comments about the photo: setting, lighting, beautiful bride. I just wonder why no one has pointed out her choice of wedding shoes.


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  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It was shot at f8. Why? Because the brief from the client was, "We want to have fun, we want to record the scenery (they live in Thailand, had never been to the west coast of Canada before), follow us, shoot what you think looks good..." So, in order to ensure that I wasn't going to miss a shot, and to (some degree) retain the the scenery, I opted for a nice, say f8. Could I have opened up to 2.8 on this, or slapped on the 85 and gone to 1.4? Sure, but I made a deliberate decision not to. Right? Wrong? Dunno....

    Thanks! :) Good catch on the branch. That will definitely get taken care of in the final rendering.

    Fair enough! Thanks Derrel.

    Thank-you Cheryl.

    Thank-you; not really sure what there is to comment on about the shoes. She brought a fancy pair of pumps with her, but decided she liked the feel of the warm sand of the beach and they stayed in the bag.
     
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    "..SNIP> . I just wonder why no one has pointed out her choice of wedding shoes."


    At a sandy beach wedding, flip-flops or open sandals make a lot of sense.
     
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  8. Parker219

    Parker219 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    No one else mentioned you shooting this at f/8 as a bad thing, so I guess it is just me.

    Looking forward to seeing some others from this wedding. :encouragement:
     
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  9. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm curious, why do you see it as a bad thing? At a more 'traditional' wedding, yes, I probably would have been down around f4 in many cases, but I felt that this was a legitimate, creative decision...
     
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    I can't figure out why people so often shoot so wide open... If the background is part of the scene and helps tell the story - especially if that's what the bride and groom wanted - why would someone want to blur the background? or blow it out? The background is still going to be part of the picture even if it is somewhat out of focus, it's still there.
     
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  11. Parker219

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    If the background was the water or even looking down the beach or something better, then I would agree with f/8. I think because the background is...less than nice...and taking away from the bride, thats why I would have gone with f/2.8 ish.

    Like you said, personal creative decision.
     
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    Fair comment, but something we as photographers forget is that "nice" is a completely subjective term. For this couple who've lived in Thailand for many years and are returning there, even something as simple as a blackberry thicket may be interesting and attractive.
     
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