ifyou had cropped out the top 1/3 and left only the grass you had earned another star.
Try it, the big and dark wooden beams kill the fairytale magic.
read the rules! Where is the photographer?
How can you compare the prices of one creative "product" to another?
It becomes even more complicated if you realize that a wedding photographer delivers more than just photographs. How about the "feel good" factor, the "click" between the photographer, you and your guest? Are you willing to pay for the simple fact you can tell everybody your wedding pics will be taken by the famous......?
Sounds strange? Well, most people are willing to pay $3 for a beer that is worth $0,30. Why? Because they like the exclusive restaurant they selected for their wedding. The couple also pay a heap of money for the invitations which are basically just paper, right? How much for the flowers? And why is that designer brides dress so expensive?
Get the picture? It is freedom of choice for the consumer how much to spend on their wedding. It is up to the happy couple to go for "expensive" photographs or to spend it on drinks. Give them what they expect and you remain in business.
pocoloco: Is it allowed to combine two digital photo's? Or do you really require a photo from the film era post processed into a digital image?
In both cases, together with the statement "create imaginary views of life and places that belong more to your dream than to the real World " how should I interpret the rule not to overdo post processing?
Interesting. One person to set AND control the rules. Not sure if this is a good idea. Better not to take part in your own contests. Well that's my (humble) opinion.
If you state in the rules: "let's hope to see more of a photography and less of post-processing magic" why do you destroy this hope by entering heavily post processed photo's?
Watch out! The family of the designer of the Atomium charge copyright money for any picture of this monument. Yes, that is not a joke. They are serious (and somewhat stupid in my view). The same is through with the Eifel tower photographed by night. There is copyright on the way it is lit at night.
Just that you know
I like the fact that the man is NOT looking at the children. Now it appears he is checking the environment and guarding over the safety of the children.
Close cropping/composition ads to the feeling of intimacy. For a moment the three have their little moment of togetherness in a hostile worlds.
Suggestion for slight improvement: I like strong blacks, but on my calibrated screen there is allmost no detail in the shadow area of the leg of the men (knee area) and in his hair. I'm sure that on most non-calibrated screens this problem is non existent.
Anyway, make a very large print of this phote, frame it and be proud of this achievement!
Nice picture. But I think the high key effect of the face compared to the eyes is too much. Also the cloths are too dark for a pure high key photo.
Try bringing some more greys in the hair. Or tone down the dark greys in the cloths and the light greys in the chin and cheek area: bring everything except eyes and lips under 10% black. Less muddy.
Either way try to get a better balance. Now the photo splits into two parts. Above and under the eyes.
Expression and composition is spot on. So it is worth to spend some time improving the high key effect.
Perhaps my calibrated screen is different then yours. Allways measure with the eye dropper in Photoshop.