The men smoking cigars with the back lit smoke lends itself to this category. The visual entry point on the bottom right starts the tour of the jovial fellows on the wedding day.,
Elements nicely composed, using the light and shadows to full effect. ,
They may be unhealthy, but cigars certainly supply smoke that makes for a moody photograph. The lighting keeps the image stark and simple, but you can spend time studying the different faces; what the men are doing - blowing smoke, lighting a cigar, talking; the texture of their haircuts. The strength of this photo is its content, not simply its technique.,
All smoke and mirrors before the wedding. The photographer captures an intimate scene of boys being boys accentuated by a great use of light, moments, and layering. ,
Good job of utilizing color and tonality to create a graphically strong image, and capturing just the right moment before the make-up brush actually touches the woman's face adds a sense of anticipation to the moment. The symmetry of the image contributes to its strength, which makes me wonder if cropping from the right - to eliminate the break in the curtains so that the right side would better mirror the left - would have made the photo even better.,
Sometimes simplicity works best. It's a pretty straight forward photo with no fancy bells and whistles, but it works because of it. The distance between the photographer and the subject is also refreshing to see, since most wedding photographs are done up close.,
This fine use of the technique captures intimacy even at a distance.,
This image stands out with its simplicity and grace. It shines with its use soft color against a rustic background. ,
This image was taken in the middle of summer, with not a cloud in sky that day a few people made their way inside to escape the heat of the mid day sun. Whilst inside I had noticed the stream of light hitting the floor but with no subject I just kept it on mind and lingered nearby waiting for my subject. I got lucky when one of the bridesmaids strolled into the scene on her return from the bar. She had two drinks in her hands, it was a snap decision whether to inlcude the hands... I was pleased intuition took over. As one of the judges points out, it is the rustic floor, the harsh contrast of light wrapped around the soft pastel green of the bridesmaids dress that really makes the image stand out.
Simple, graphically compelling and mysterious, the photo preserves a moment that raises questions rather than answers them, which contributes to its power. Why so serious? Whatever the reason, the image surely adds a contrasting mood to the day's overall coverage. Cropping from the right to eliminate the light line - can't tell what it is - might have simplified and strengthened the picture.,
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