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Dramatic Bride or stupid shadows?
Old 08-29-2004, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Dramatic Bride or stupid shadows?
Old 08-29-2004, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Light on dress is dramatic. Shadow from veil on her right side of her face is distracting. Pull that veil back on that side and let the light split her like you had it going on. Bride looks sad. Notice sad shadow dimple in corner of mouth. Also the stain glass window needs to be cropped out of it. Clashing red color there plus it breaks it up to distract.

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Re: Dramatic Bride or stupid shadows?
Old 08-29-2004, 10:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mike, great shot. The stained glass window adds some nice color and makes the eye travel around the frame. The shadow on her face is nice, I would've liked to see it a little more pronounced, and the contrast a little higher, but the image as is, works well.

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Re: Dramatic Bride or stupid shadows?
Old 08-30-2004, 04:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks JT. I was really hoping to have acheived something nice. I guess I have some work to do. Eventually I want it to be spectacular. Like we talked about on the phone, our style has to motivate them to come to us. I realize that this type of photo may be a little out of place on this forum, as it is a wedding shot. I just wanted some feedback on my idea. I appreciate it.

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Re: Dramatic Bride or stupid shadows?
Old 08-30-2004, 11:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Shadows aren't necessarily "stupid," but I don't think they work in this image. Shadow on face to camera left is too light: it just covers without truly dramatically obscuring, and blurry edge is distracting. Shadow on face to camera right is much better. Neutral expressions don't really work for brides, IMO. Aspirational, nervous (well, she could be nervous, but not happy-nervous,) happy, dreamy, those all work, but not the Mona Lisa thing. Bright glaring stained glass is too small an element to be integrated, too big and oddly positioned to be a simple accent - I think I'd lose it.

This picture displays a "really close" quality that I am all too familiar with from my own work. *sigh* Fix that leftside veil, perk her up a bit, and drop down/zoom in, and you've nailed it.
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