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My Cousin Asked Me to Secretly Shoot His Engagement...How'd I Do?

 
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Sep 02, 2016 12:50 |  #1

Hey guys, I used to post here quite a bit, but haven't for a while. I've been doing some work with some sports and music photography, but this is my favorite gig I've had to date. My cousin asked me to candidly take shots of him proposing to his girlfriend (now fiance :)) on Broad St. in Philadelphia with City Hall as the background. Since I had to be close and still inconspicuous, I couldn't use all the gear that I would have liked to. They're absolutely thrilled with the results, but I'm not too sure. My main concerns are regarding:

1. Color - Are the photos too 'cool' temperature-wise? I tried upping it but it made everything look too intense in my opinion. I've admittedly never had the greatest eye for white balance correction
2. Composition - Given the circumstances (being on the same median, wanting to get shots including both City Hall/the city and close-ups, I opted for my 70-200 on my crop sensor 7DII.

Mainly looking for critiques on those two points, given that posing, lighting, and background were largely out of my control. Here are some images:


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Sep 02, 2016 13:04 |  #2

My impressions: #s 2 and 3 are the best for showing atmosphere. #1, being closer, does a better job for facial expressions, but could we have more space above her hair?


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Sep 02, 2016 13:20 |  #3

OhLook wrote in post #18114675 (external link)
My impressions: #s 2 and 3 are the best for showing atmosphere. #1, being closer, does a better job for facial expressions, but could we have more space above her hair?

I appreciate the input! I've since edited the close up one to have more space above her hair and it does look considerably better. Part of me really likes these photos, but a larger part of me thinks these just look like snapshots taken with a better camera. I don't know, I hope they'll be happy with them.


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Sep 02, 2016 13:24 |  #4

Perfectly tells the story. Nice job!


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Sep 02, 2016 14:00 |  #5

I do believe you nailed it.


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Sep 02, 2016 16:32 |  #6

To me it looks like you've nailed everything. The shots looks great to me especially for candids. If they were better they would have had to have been choreographed. You did a great job!

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Sep 03, 2016 12:16 |  #7

Great shots, I would just add a tad bit more contrast for a little more pop.


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Sep 03, 2016 22:45 |  #8

I think you nailed the moment. Everything else is subjective to who you ask. Getting them in the right spot and facing each other for a period of time was half the battle.




  
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Sep 05, 2016 13:05 |  #9

You nailed these! Love them love love love them!

Great job - happy feelings.




  
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Sep 14, 2016 18:50 |  #10

Great shots!




  
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Sep 14, 2016 19:23 |  #11

Nice, I like them. I'd like to see 3 and 4 in black and white as well.




  
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Sep 19, 2016 11:41 |  #12

Great photos! I would also had a bit of contrast to the photo, as it looks to be a cloudy day when you took those pics.


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Sep 22, 2016 11:23 |  #13

Great images! I even really like the color.




  
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Sep 28, 2016 10:27 |  #14

Well, i am not a good person in comments or critiques and never for wedding/engagement ones, but if i want to have those pics better then i may try to post process them or shoot them slightly different.

1. Didn't you try slow shutter speed? and if you can tell the model to stay still/steady, this will give it as they are stopping the moment while the around things are moving [people,cars,...etc].

2. Vignetting, so it will lead it to the main subjects in the center.

3. B&W as test, it may give it a different touch, or even sepia, who knows.

4. If the time is different, i mean if it is overcast/cloudy so we don't see some kind of overexposed sky or about 1-2 hours before sunset so the sky is little more colorful and less overexposed, but i know you may need flash, but if you use say a long exposure and only GND for the sky then you may have something.

The story telling is there, but you give it a better WOW factor to go along with story-telling images.

The last shots with the first are better because they are shallow depth, so this keep the subjects away to be lost in cityscape distraction, but as i said in beginning, i am not good in giving opinions or comments because i am learning myself too.


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Feb 10, 2017 07:14 |  #15

I think you did great! My fav is # 5


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