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  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • f/5.6
  • 28mm
  • 1/200
  • 100

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Ricke, thanks for sharing this impressive bridal portrait here in SLR Lounge Critique!

    The mood is clearly trying to be dramatic and dark/shadowy, however I think that the position of the subject (the direction they’re facing) is a bit confusing compared to how the lighting is, either in-camera or in post-production, I’m not sure. In short, She looks like she’s just facking a wall, and the wall itself is in extremely dark shadow right in front of her face, which stops the image from having a “story” behind it”. If, instead, she were looking towards the camera, or if she were looking towards something that had brighter illumination on it, then the moment itself would make more sense. In other words, with the light and pose this way, she just looks like she’s having a time-out in a corner. ;-)

    Overall, I love the tones and the color processing, it’s beautifully done. I would just work on this aspect of intent and purpose.

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  2. Ricke Herbert

    I can see that, I just thought it was a “cool” moment while she’s trying to climb that rock but if you weren’t there I guess it has really no meaning. 

    Thanks a lot for your critique!

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    • Matthew Saville

      I totally know what you mean about having to be there for the moment to gain meaning. Sometimes the trick is to compose, time, and process images in a way that captures as much of that meaning (the sense of the story) as possible. IN this case, I think a simple turn of her head to look back at the camera, plus a slightly different burn & dodge to add just a touch more light to the rocks around her head, would have taken the image from a “slightly confusing” story to an “epic adventure” story…

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