This photograph not only tops the category but in my mind tops all other category winners. I have not seen this done before. It is beautiful and unique. How did you do that? Fabulous!
The balance of light in this image begs intriguing scrutiny. But, on closer look, we find eight darkened lamps in the shape of umbrellas on the wall behind, one for each of the wedding party (not counting the bride and groom). And, if the continuity is still not enough to amaze you, then consider the color shift on the beam within the building that mirrors the color of those green umbrellas. Finally, consider that every person in the group is on cue with nary a goofy look among them, then hopefully you'll say, "Wow," with me.
It's not the snow falling on her wedding day that makes this photo special. In colder climates, a bride would probably expect it. Rather, it is the extraordinary sight of the ordinary, the simple beauty of the wedding day, whether it begins in a cathedral or a typical middle class home. This bride is, in fact, the only exquisite element in a scene of suburban ubiquity. Thus, neither the weather or that bright red door can outshine her, as it has been for centuries.
Great angle, great use of depth-of-field, combined with fun attitude!
Cool shot, cool angle and it’s got attitude. I would have liked to see all the faces.
This image exudes a feeling of "hip" and "cool." It's as though the entire group, in collusion with the photographer, simply said, "We don't care about this photo but we damn sure care about looking great." There's no obfuscation here, no preponderance of the pedantic group shot, these guys strut and the photographer delivered.
Through skillful use of light, lens and composition, the photographer perfectly isolates this couple against the brush and bramble of nature. It is an image that presents itself with a simplicity that belies the relative complexity and skill required to create it.
This image is obviously imbued with intimacy, the kind of romanticism any bride and groom would hope for in a photograph. But, it's usually not enough to simply photograph a tender moment. The hidden elements are the mechanics of visual literacy and this image speaks for a few simple reasons. First, of course, is the moment. None of our efforts as photographers amount to much, other than a pretty picture, without finding a great moment. Second, is how the leading lines of the bride's arm (lower right) and the darkened edge of the lamp (upper left) lead us to the moment. Third, the moment is framed by the bright lights at left and right and within the frame of the mirror itself. Finally, color plays a powerful role exuding warmth to the scene that "mirrors" the warmth of the moment.
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