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Experimenting on a Bride and a Groom

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you some of the photos I took at a wedding I photographed in October, here is a link back if you would like to look again, or see for the first time, With this Ring.  I was pretty certain after I did the photos that I would want to do more things to the images, and experiment more with them.

One of the concerns the couple had, was that while they liked my work, they didn’t want the wedding images to be too dark.  I knew that was going to be a challenge, so I have been playing and trying some new things I have seen and worked out.  So today I thought I would show you those images.

LeanneCole-sashbee-20131013-0045-2I worked on this one a lot.  I hope it looks a lot better than the original one.  I didn’t show the original the first time, so you will have to take my word for it, and I know the couple loved it.

I also used the images with them to make my first composite.  Before the wedding, I met them, we wandered around where they wanted their images, and had planned everything, so we thought.  Then a week before the wedding, we found out the Melbourne Marathon would be on the same day, and all those places we were going to photograph would be a “no go” zone for us.  We had to think quickly.  We decided on the other end of the city, but there was no opportunity to get in there to check it out and see what was possible.

On the day, what we thought we could do, we couldn’t, there were things in the way, and so winging it became the order of the day.  I can’t stress how important it is to check out places before hand.  Make sure you go over them, look at all angles.  Google search the day and make sure there are no events on that day that you need to be aware of.  What happens if it is raining, is there a wet weather plan.  So many things to consider.

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We took some photos around a lovely old fountain in Spring Street with the Treasury Building in the background, you can see in the above image.  Though I was happy with the Treasury building, the other buildings in the background were ugly.  Very 1960’s, with their square shape and no lovely design features.  I realised after that if we had gone to the other side of the fountain, we could have got the Windsor Hotel in the background, a very old, very classy hotel.

So I went into the city a couple of weeks ago on a day that was similar to the wedding, so overcast, and took some shots of the hotel.  I didn’t have anyone with me to focus on, so I used the tourists to focus on, set my camera on manual focus and took the shots I wanted.  This helped with the depth of field.

LeanneCole-windsor-0447This is one of the ones I got.  I know it is out of focus, it is meant to be.  Helps with that idea that they were all taken at the same time.  Then I took one of the photos of the two of them in front of the other building and put them in this one.

LeanneCole-sashbee-0447-2It is my first real attempt at compositing, but I am happy with it.  There are mistakes I made and there are things I probably need to fix up, but I think it is all stuff I can work on.  Makes me think this is possible.  Maybe I can do a lot more of this.  I hope it looks like the image was really taken in this spot.

LeanneCole-sashbee-20131013-0891-1I am not so sure about this one, but I wanted to show you because there were a whole heap of yellow taxis parked out the front and I had to do some work to get rid of them, and all the people at the entrance of the hotel.  Again, not perfect, but it does excite me and I love fixing these kinds of problems.

I have some more photos, I will put those above and the others in a gallery for you to look at.

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  1. oh my gosh – these are simply beautiful, Leanne!! Great job! The bride is so beautiful. :)

    November 14, 2013
    • The bride really is beautiful, I was so lucky to be chosen to be her photographer. Thank you so much John.

      November 14, 2013
  2. Beautiful couple and beautiful shots!! Congrats!!

    November 14, 2013
  3. Wow, they are a beautiful looking couple. Your shots are amazing Leanne. Such an artist!!

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you Laura, it really helps to get beautiful images when the couple are beautiful.

      November 14, 2013
  4. WanderingVagrant #

    I LOVE this post! What makes it great (other than your beautiful pictures of course!) is your honesty when you write about learning new techniques. Thank you for sharing this.

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you, that is fantastic to know, I do try to be honest with how I do things and how I find my own images. I don’t think everything I do is fantastic.

      November 14, 2013
  5. Overall very good results Leanne, You should press on, I think it will be worthwhile. It must take so much time. Best wishes, MM 🍀

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you MM, I love the idea, and I know there are things I need to work on, but I would love to keep trying this sort of thing.

      November 14, 2013
  6. The photographs are beautiful.

    November 14, 2013
  7. These are beautiful Leanne.

    November 14, 2013
  8. I like your compositing work, Leanne. One thing you might be interested in: you mentioned you were concerned about the image being too dark. Have you considered using a flash unit in conjunction with a shoot-through umbrella? That would provide ample yet soft lighting that you can configure yourself. Combined with your compositing work, it might take some of the guesswork out of the light levels.

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you, I haven’t thought of using a flash in that manner, I do often, well sometimes use a flash but tend to diffuse the light anyway I can.

      November 14, 2013
  9. Just gorgeous!

    November 14, 2013
  10. The image in front of the Windsor bothers me. It doesn’t feel as if the picture of the hotel is straight. I love the toning and tinting you did, though. This is with Photoshop?

    November 14, 2013
    • The Hotel won’t look straight because it was across the road and down a bit, so if it looked straight on I would think it looked weird. Thanks

      November 14, 2013
      • You know I wasn’t trying to be critical just giving my observation. I have the utmost respect for your work and try to learn whatever I can from you.

        November 14, 2013
      • Sorry I didn’t think you were, I didn’t mean to sound like you were either, just trying to explain what I was doing, so I am so sorry if you thought I was. :)

        November 14, 2013
      • LOL..no I am sorry. I didn’t think you were offended but i wanted to be sure. And now we can move on from here knowing that we are both respectful and not to ever take one and other’s comments as rude. :)

        November 14, 2013
      • Oh absolutely, I try never to be rude and sounds like you are the same

        November 14, 2013
      • :)

        November 14, 2013
  11. Lovely work,, and I agree,, you have to be ready to wing it,, because even with ultimate planning and scoping out ahead of time life and (family) usually get in the way!! I find that keeping an even demeanor and a positive approach goes a long way to making their day special!! When I photographed up in NJ the other weekend I only had the day before to scope out the church and reception venue… which I did, but still had to dodge some road blocks that came up… I find it is essential to do an engagement shoot with the couple before hand , so they are comfortable with you, and you know how they respond to your direction… etc… that has helped me alot… but that said,,, love these images…….. nice job!

    November 14, 2013
    • I did a couple of shoots with them before the day, she wasn’t comfortable having her photo taken, so I had to find some ways to make sure she was comfortable. I think she really appreciated that. I was also very calm and positive on the day, I took it all in my stride, and I think she was very grateful for that as well. I wasn’t stressed, nothing was too much trouble and I just went with it. I know what you mean, so many things to consider. Thank you so much Sally.

      November 14, 2013
      • Wow,, well , she looks very relaxed,, so you did a great job!

        November 15, 2013
      • She was just great to photograph, really good. Thank you Sally.

        November 15, 2013
  12. Compositing is a lot more difficult than you would think – so many things to check and then double check – image mask feathering is helpful to avoid the hard edge, but still takes a wole lot of time and effort. Good work on these.

    November 14, 2013
    • It is Robert, so many things can make an image look terrible. I am using a lot of my art experience in these, from drawing and stuff, so I am finding that helps. Thank you.

      November 14, 2013
  13. sandlera #

    Beautiful images Leanne and not dark at all. Great job on the composite.

    November 14, 2013
  14. Beautiful work Leanne for a beautiful couple.

    November 14, 2013
  15. These are great – I wouldn’t have guessed that you did them as composites.

    November 14, 2013
    • Thanks Nora. Though only one is really composite

      November 14, 2013
  16. Lovely photos and great work! Keep it all up Ms. Leanne :)

    November 14, 2013
  17. The first and fourth portraits are superb. They should like these tremendously.

    I’ve run into that myself; people fearing that their wedding shots will look too dark. It isn’r enough to post prod for colours that pop but to also get pleasing brightness in.

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you.
      It is funny that they asked me to do images because they loved what I did, but then they didn’t want them dark, that is usually what I do. It was a great challenge though.

      November 14, 2013
  18. You’ve done a wonderful job!

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you RoSy, I really did enjoy photographing and processing the images.

      November 14, 2013
  19. I love these. I am amazed there is no residue of taxis or people visible to me at all.

    November 14, 2013
    • I tried very hard to get rid of them, or make them disappear, so it is good to hear that you can’t tell. Thank you.

      November 14, 2013
  20. WendyJC #

    It’s so lovely to bring joy through photography for couples special days …
    Lovely photo’s and a beautiful couple!

    November 14, 2013
    • What a lovely way of putting it Wendy, I love that.
      Thank you so much, they were a great couple to photograph.

      November 14, 2013
  21. This must have been hours of work – brilliant!

    November 14, 2013
    • It did take a few, glad you like them, thank you Gypsy.

      November 14, 2013
  22. As always, a great job, Leanne! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your experience!

    November 14, 2013
  23. Exceptionally good-looking couple, but you did them justice.

    November 14, 2013
    • They were a great looking couple, thank you Colonialist.

      November 14, 2013
  24. The composite results are really nice …. I am sure it took a lot of time to do it … Thank you for sharing Leanne …

    November 14, 2013
    • Thank you Iksa, it did take a bit of time, but I think it was worth it.

      November 14, 2013
  25. Lovely Leanne,

    November 14, 2013
  26. Not so fan… I prefer your original pictures they are more striking. It does not mean these are not good pictures but bridal pictures need to show emotions and I don’t feel so much emotion or originality here.

    November 14, 2013
    • I thought about what you said in the other comment, which I won’t publish, but thought I would address this, I know the couple loved the first photo, since the rest are similar there is no reason to think they wouldn’t love the rest. There are always going to be some that show emotion and some that don’t. They also want photos that remind them of how happy they were, and I think these photos show that. They still get all the other ones, but the thing for me in these ones was the processing, to see if I could do different things, so just because they are posing and smiling at the camera is not what the point was meant to be. It was about how the images were processed and what I did to them. I do hope there is something there. I hope you did actually read the post and haven’t made some assumptions, I apologise if that isn’t the case.

      November 15, 2013
  27. beautiful couple and your photos are even more beautiful, Leanne.
    groetjes, Francina

    November 15, 2013
  28. LB #

    truly, an excellent job (and not at all “dark”)

    November 15, 2013
    • Thanks LB, I don’t think they are dark either, I have to remember how I processed them for the future.

      November 15, 2013
  29. beautiful! All of them, and I love the composite one a lot!

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I like doing the composite, I did stuff up a couple of things, but all experience I hope.

      November 15, 2013
  30. These are great, Leanne. Very interesting approach to working with a restriction. The first shot is beautiful.

    November 15, 2013
    • Thanks Richard, it was a challenge, but I actually really liked that, so not bothered by it all. I like that one as well.

      November 15, 2013
  31. They look pretty darn perfect to me. This is so clever.

    November 16, 2013
    • Thank you Carol, I can see one thing that I did wrong, but that is okay, it was a good start, I am looking forward to doing more.

      November 16, 2013
      • To my amateur eye, this is amazing. You are learning from playing with it too, which is great.

        November 16, 2013
      • That is fantastic Carol, I like to hear that as well. That is so try, that is really how you learn.

        November 16, 2013
  32. I think you can say the experiment was a success :)

    November 21, 2013
  33. These are excellent

    December 9, 2013
  34. Beautiful couple :)

    December 12, 2013

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