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Looking for general impressions of this photo. It is one of my favorite but trying to see if it is one that appeals to a wider audience.
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • f/2.8
  • 59mm
  • 1/125
  • 200

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Thanks for sharing, David! I can definitely see why the image is a favorite, it has a lot of things going for it. Great light with lots of dramatic shadows and beautiful rim lighting, plus a nice romantic pose. The shadow-y exposure and processing is a great choice, too.

    The improvements I’d suggest are just minor tweaks that could help take the photo to an even higher level, so keep in mind that this is already a high-level image that you can still be very proud of! OK here we go…

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  2. A
    Matthew Saville

    The first thing I notice of course is the spotlight and the flare. At first it seems beautiful, but after a minute my mind starts to wonder what it’s even coming from. How could she have something so shiny on her shoulder? Or is it something really shiny in the background? Or, is it added in Photoshop?

    Because my mind asks these questions, I think it means that the hot spot and the resulting flare is actually a subtraction, if not for everybody then at least for just a few who are obsessed with details. Thus, I’d have tried to eliminated it or reduce it while shooting, or I would un-add it in post-production.

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  3. B
    Matthew Saville

    This flare dot over here, unlike the pretty flare on his shoulder, is a bit distracting, so I’d photoshop it out even if you decide to keep the other flare…

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  4. C
    Matthew Saville

    The strand of hair that is catching the sunlight while “coming out of” her nose should be photoshopped away, it’s just a bit too noticeable.

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  5. D
    Matthew Saville

    While their facial expressions and most of the pose is very intimate and beautiful, the hands seem to be just a little bit un-involved. I would have liked to see her hand gently on him, or his hand gently on her waist. That would complete the feeling of intimacy in the image.

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  6. E
    Matthew Saville

    The hands back here are a bit odd, because we can see her fingers holding his, so the viewer starts to imagine how her elbow/arm must be twisted (out of sight) in order to reach this point. Personally, I’d rather just see his hand on her back, and she could put her hand on his other shoulder or something. But, this could also be fine to the clients and to other viewers, maybe.

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  7. David Patton

    Thank you Matthew, Greatly appreciate the comments.   The flare behind them was a small speedlight I had placed that I accidentally didn’t fully hide.  

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    • Matthew Saville

      Oh, I see, so that’s how you got the light under his hat to shine, and the rest of the rimlight! Wow, you did such a good job of making the rest of it look natural that I just assumed it was sunlight, even though the angle was impossible. Very well-done in that regard! Yeah, hiding the light just a tiny bit more behind her shoulder would have made the shot truly epic. Nice work!

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