Some images simply can’t be beaten. They rise to the top of the stack like love at first sight. With a giant heart as a backdrop, a bride and groom dance through a white cloud from a smoke machine creating a visual symphony of romance and passion and desire and love and… a fiery kiss that seemingly sets her aflame. Wow. I wish I had made that photo - a comment I only make with a sense of reverence.
This was a great use of a wide-angle lens. There is something interesting going on in every corner of this photo. And what makes it even better is the nicely balanced light. The highlights are well defined, but there is still detail in the shadows so that we can see everyone
The reception scene is seen as a layered caramel cake with a festive splash of multi-colored icing on top. This photo is creatively delicious with its purposeful exploitation of environmental details that parlay the almost monochromatic lower two-thirds of the image with the saturated colors on the upper third.
I enjoyed studying this moment, from those shiny ribbons on their shoes to the flower girl headbands pulling back their hair. Obviously someone was thinking of them long before the wedding and found the right present to keep them occupied for a while. Those wispy clouds against a splash of blue is the perfect background for these little angels.
You don’t have to be familiar with the wedding customs to appreciate this beautiful image as a visual “gift” so ripe with color and delight you never want to unwrap it. I looked at this photo for a long time on several occasions and always felt like smiling. The photographer has provided us with an image as large and delightful as the festivity itself.
I’ve seen thousands of images of this wedding tradition, with the bride and groom aloft on chairs at their reception...but I have never seen a photo of someone beneath the chairs. I think of photojournalism as a means to show the uniqueness of things that are considered common because, in a sense, all things and people are fascinating, unique, when we choose to see them that way. I like this interesting view of a fun tradition in a well-executed image worthy of note.
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