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Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • f/2.8
  • 85mm
  • 1/5000
  • 400

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Crystal Youhana

    I think with all considered this is a harsh lighting setup which is difficult and you did a good job balancing them in the scene. I might suggest a crop more like this . The overall scene is so bright that it is distracting from the moment.. 

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  2. Andy Krieger

    When I delivered the final image to them I gave them both a cropped and an uncropped version. It was VERY bright that day! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Matthew Saville

    I think this is a perfect example of how to KILL IT in harsh sunlight! Way to go, Andy..

    The way I critique images, what I do is I rapidly itemize everything that’s going on in the image, and decide whether it’s working or not. And basically, when I go down the line, an impressive number of things were done right in this photo, haha!

    1.) The light is at their backs, and the sunlight that does hit her nose, chin, and chest is not distracting, it feels natural and optimal for a sunny day shot.

    2.) They’re posed so that he is on the shady side and she is on the sunny side, which helps too.

    3.) The light on his hair helps set his head apart from the dark background, and her hair too.

    4.) The overall color balance is nice and neutral, it could maybe be a touch warmer in order to convey a more “warm sunlit” feel, however this neutral also works well.

    5.) The exposure and processing are quite masterful in keeping both highlights and shadows in range, and yet the image looks very naturally processed and not like an HDR scene. This is not easy to do!

    The only critiques I can really notice are that her arm holding the bouquet is a little too stiff/straight, and the overall angle might have been better if it was just a little bit lower, to minimize the white pavement and allow more of the beautiful greens/blues to come into the frame…

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