This is one of the best images I viewed in the whole competition. Amazing use of light, circumstances and composition to make a surreal portrait of this bride. Also creative in the use of the back of a head. Excellent!
I absolutely love this image. This is a perfect example of why the rule of thirds rule is not a rule at all. The dead-center framing â€“ and then the environment around them. I can only sum it up with one word. Classic.
Pros: Incredibly good insight on the part of the photographer in seeing this, solving the technical/metering/focus issues and making it look so natural. Cons: I wonder about doing it in B + W or cropping a bit of the top 15% and the bottom 10% to keep the viewer's eyes on the subject and not wandering away too fast.
This image really stood out. It has sophistication and depth. It is clean and simple but rich with texture. I love the expressions and the body language. I feel like I learn something about this couple, not that they were just plugged into a â€œportrait formulaâ€. The light is subtle and revealing. Exceptional work.
This photo is exactly what this category is all about â€“ CREATIVE portrait. We cannot see the people in this photo â€“ but this image's success is not in revealing the character of the bride and groom but it is larger than that â€“ it reveals character of their life and the things that surround them â€“ at least that which surrounds them on their wedding day. I love the way the photographer made the strobe on the floor part of the picture as well. It helped make the subjects more visually acceptable.
So many photographers forget that portraits are moments too. Not this photographer though! Its great to have willing subjects and a clever concept. Catching him in mid-stride with the veil leading our eye right to him makes for a non-traditional portrait that you can keep looking at over and over again. Their expressions are great too. Way to make a dynamic portrait from a very simple scene.
Pros: Good seeing or anticipation on the photographer's part to get this and to get the groom's eyes just right in the mirror and looking so warmly. Cons: The reflection on the lower third makes it hard to find the bride's face and gauge her reaction, which is too bad, as it would add to the story being told.
The lean of the tree mimics the lean of the couple. The tension of the impending storm surrounded by the sensuality of the kiss. I think it works real well in B/W too. In color, I think it would have lost some journalistic qualities.
The light from the right and the contrast between dark background and white-dressed bride works so well. Her body language also tells a story. The edge pew at the bottom and going toward the right side draw the viewer out of the frame, not in, which detracts a bit.
I love the 'in your face' quality of this image. The grouping is well done and makes a bold statement about these guys. The ball against the blackness of the suits is excellent use of composition. The ball could have been a bit lower so as not to obscure the middle guy's face
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