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No detail left in most of the windows. Tough edit for me. Done in LR4. Major change was reducing the WB to 2750.

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Thanks, Dave....I guess the moral is to make the shot good to begin with. I've always said that PS is to make a good shot better...not to make a bad shot good.

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The edit of the image in the original post suggests an over-adherence to a technical guideline (not blowing highlights) that in fact ends up treating the windows as main subjects rather than the bride and groom. It seems to me that the tonality of your image should be adjusted in a way as to best showcase the bride and groom. As things are in the original image, there are no real highlights near or on the bride and groom when clearly there should be.

My take is that in this situation (the exit, the entrance, the ceremony) you have to focus on setting exposure for the B+G and not to worry about blowing the windows, pretty as they may be. What I might do is show up early for HDR-ish shots that capture the atmosphere of the church; and following the ceremony I might do some portraits controlling the light with flash and setting the ambient level for the best exposure of the windows.

I have to add that occasionally, if I see the possibility for a fabulous and unique shot in this kind of circumstance, I might do as was suggested above and take the shot to expose my subject properly, then, whilst not moving the camera much, shift the shutterspeed 8 or 9 clicks to get a decent exposure of the windows; a quick stitch in photoshop and I'm set. But the idea of doing this multiple times during a ceremony or while there's action going on is out of the question, for me at least.

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Aye!

Well, here is my attempt.

P.S. Would be better, if bride would not be almost directly "in front of" the second window, also image provided ain't sharp enough.

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Good for you to "grab" that special and spontaneous moment in time. After the edit, I'm willing to bet that the bride and groom will love this shot.

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M_Six wrote in post #14316132external link
Best I could do with the windows. No other tweaks here. There is more detail to be had in the windows, but that also makes them too dark and then they look odd. Your original image looks better than this, IMO.

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I agree! The OP did do a better job. Take a look at your ceiling lights compared to his.

I gave it a shot but failed. I wasn't even able to match the colour of the wood beams or keep the walls the same. I was using Picasa (I don't own PS). Good job OP.

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osh_sekta wrote in post #14325032external link
Aye!

Well, here is my attempt.

P.S. Would be better, if bride would not be almost directly "in front of" the second window, also image provided ain't sharp enough.

I'm going to use yours as the model to get mine better. Thanks!

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Good for you to "grab" that special and spontaneous moment in time. After the edit, I'm willing to bet that the bride and groom will love this shot.

I got Mom & Dad (of the bride) doing the fist pump after the ceremony as well....should be a nice combination!

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drop me an email, I can send you modified file tomorrow.

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osh_sekta wrote in post #14325032external link
Aye!

Well, here is my attempt.

P.S. Would be better, if bride would not be almost directly "in front of" the second window, also image provided ain't sharp enough.

That's the best looking one so far IMO.

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