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June 19, 2010

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Well, gee, if you can capture as much absolute joy as in that first photograph, why worry with the technical? Capture the joy!

Hearty congrats to Adrienne and Kevin!

Mike

Congratulations to your sister and her husband! Both images you posted here look great and I totally agree about letting the windows/highlights blow out in the first picture - it's fabulous!

I was just looking at some photos by Stephen Gill and trying to decide what gave them a certain "look". I realised he allowed a lot of white in the background and this contrasted nicely with the mid- to dark-toned subjects.

I often go for the darker background - especially the edges, even adding a vignette effect if need be.

Thanks for providing some great examples of an alternative approach.

"I was just looking at some photos by Stephen Gill and trying to decide what gave them a certain "look"."

This is one of the more elusive barriers to pass in one's growth as a photographer -- to realize the extent to which the way your photos look is the result of choice rather than circumstance. Stephen Gill chooses light backgrounds, you prefer dark, and someone else could have a completely different approach, even with the same subject and the same lighting.

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