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#1 Happy Grumpz

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:03 AM

As per normal, people know you have a camera and think you can shoot weddings  :blink:

 

This was a huge favour for a friend and I honestly couldn't say no.

 

Opinions on these shots please...

 

24424466429_868edd0036_b.jpgIMG_0199 by Matt Smith, on Flickr

 

24698653301_319d1e3cc0_b.jpg3Q5A1848 by Matt Smith, on Flickr

 

24792118775_8f2e46aa7d_b.jpgIMG_0276 by Matt Smith, on Flickr

 

Please be gentle  :ph34r:


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:21 AM

Nice work Matt. Just an observation the white dress on the white surroundings does not produce a lot of contrast. Bad choice by the bride and groom, you achieve good shots in spite on the difficult conditions. Well done! There are certain risks involved with owning a camera lol. We often do things for friends that you would not do for strangers, but that what friendship is about.
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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:36 AM

That is VERY nice work.. Paul is correct re the loss of detail in the dress given the choice of background though given it seems likely that the couple come from the area the landscape may well pay a more important part in the pics for the bride/groom than Paul is able to appreciate (?) Thus the slight loss of detail in the veil may be of of no real consequence.. However I wonder if with a bit of PP it might be possible to make the veil just a tad more prominent..

 

Showed the pics to my wife (non photographer) who thought they were lovely.. nuff said..(?)   Though she did wonder how they might look in B&W

 

I like the just married pic in that you captured the all important rings in the pic..

 

Just wondering how much Vettriano influenced you (-:

 

Good work indeed.


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for the feedback, gents :)

 

This set has given me a huge headache, the lighting was all over the place. 1 second the sun was out but the light was really harsh, the next it was dark and overcast.

 

This location is indeed a special place for the couple, it's where they got together and the groom asked the bride to marry him.

 

I'll try and work on the veil and see what I can do

 

 

Just wondering how much Vettriano influenced you (-:

 

I've just googled him, I'd honestly never heard of him before now :)


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 01:14 PM

All images are very well exposed (and I expected nothing less!). The third image is really special. I agree with Paul's comments about lack of contrast with the background but what are you going to do if this place means something to them? I might suggest a little less neutral space but that too may be unacceptable to them because the location is special. I know that you would lose the bright red colors, but have you considered also giving them B&W versions of the first two images?  



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 01:27 PM

Thanks again :)

 

I've got a few B&W pictures, here's one although I'm not really happy with it...

 

24170701623_0c3a86c896_b.jpgIMG_0220 by Matt Smith, on Flickr


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:36 PM

I think that it is a very nice image of a very good looking couple. I think that it needs a little manipulation of the color channels in Photoshop to enhance the contrast a bit.
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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:13 PM

Looks almost blue and white on my lap top... though like the set up a lot, you sure put some amount of thought into setting the scene which works well for me.

 

Never heard of Vettriano..!!!!     Some of his work is a tad risky for some and it seems he is not accepted by the art establishment... Not bad for a former coal miner from Fyfe.. (-:


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 03:45 AM

Nice reference Geedee !

In style, not a million miles away from Edward Hopper, but content ? Quite a bit different.

 

Love all your photographs Happy, and enjoying re-reading your technical descriptions.  Way beyond me but I still like to eavesdrop on the pros. :ph34r:

Thanks


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 08:17 PM

The shots are done well, but, as with the others, the location isn't the best.  However, photographers see things differently....we tend to be more critical.  My guess is that they'll be fine with your work.  The shots are composed well and in focus.

 

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 03:01 AM

Hi Matt. I think you did great with the conditions you were given...and agree that the couple (your friends) might well find the placement of their wedding photos a special place for them. I know mine were.

I have one comment and I might be being picky....so please, read with that in mind. In the photo of the bride by herself with beach in background.....I KNOW you didn't choose her veil....but it bugs me that everything in the photo about HER is rounded....except her veil....it's squared off in the corner. Do you see what I'm referring to? I don't know if there's a way to "ROUND" it off a bit in PP?? Just a thought. I know that SHE chose her veil.....but it may be more appealing to the eye to have it not so squared off......just my eye, maybe.

Otherwise....I find the photos you did very well done and think your friends will greatly appreciate that you shared a part in their big day. BTW: I like the idea of their hands with the chalk board saying...Just Married. Cute touch.

~Tina


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Posted 07 February 2016 - 05:41 PM

These are some nice shots and some nice observations made by folks.

The only imperfection I could spot is that the groom is slightly out of focus in the first picture.  

May be because you were shooting at f3.5 since the shutter speed is good enough?


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 03:07 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated :)


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