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Fire in the Sky Photo Contest Finalist
Fire in the Sky
Fire in the Sky
Spring brings us some great sunsets! Metered off the sky and then the bride was lit up by an off camera flash.
© Deborah T. Ouzts
Canon EOS 30D Digi...
Brenda c. McFarland
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    Oh my gosh! This is just fabulous! Way to go on this picture!!

5/28/2007 10:55:25 PM

maria I. Warren
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oh wow I am sure she loves this photo its so beautiful awesome job

5/28/2007 11:20:02 PM

Suzanne M. McAndrew
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I have a cousins wedding to shoot late afternoon-evening and I could only pray to get an image like this! This is incredible!!

5/29/2007 3:30:29 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Very nice work! Jeff

5/29/2007 4:36:18 AM

Kristin M. Morales
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stunning and impactful image. Excellent job with the lighting. Would love to know what off camera lighting you used. Perfection!

5/29/2007 6:22:31 AM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you so much everyone! I shoot at this location a lot and it is not very often that I get a sky as awesome as this, I feel like I can't really take credit for how awesome this shot is because it is the sky that makes it! :) Kristin, I have a bunch of 580ex flashes that I use with my 30D, I have one on my camera used as the master and my husband is holding another flash (used as slave) just off to my right. Thanks again!

5/29/2007 9:55:55 AM

Sarah J. Fowler
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Absolutely stunning - I shoot weddings and would love to have a shot like this in my portfolio. The contrast of color in this shot is impressive - not just anybody could pull this off as a photographer. I bet you sure had a happy bride!

5/29/2007 4:33:16 PM

Lynn Crawford
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WOW this is beautiufl Deborah :)

5/29/2007 8:04:44 PM

Darrel L. Larson
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WOW! WOW! WOW! That is a beautiful stunning wedding shot.

5/29/2007 9:33:59 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you, Thank you! :)

5/29/2007 10:54:39 PM

Susan Fox
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Beautiful! Fantastic color and lighting and great compostion too. Love it!

5/31/2007 6:17:57 AM

Anna Diederich
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This is just stunning!!

5/31/2007 3:13:34 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you so much, Susan and Anna! :)

5/31/2007 3:19:29 PM

Lisa J. Boulden
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Deborah, what a STUNNING bridal image!!! I'm sure the bride was elated with this. Sure, the sky cooperated in this shot, but your talent certainly shines throughout the image--Lisa

6/1/2007 10:43:45 AM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you so much Lisa! The Bride was beyond happy with this, so was her fiance! She said she showed her dad and he thought it was a painting! :)

6/1/2007 1:20:02 PM

Susie Peek-Swint
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Simply stunning ~ I agree with all the above comments ... this one's a winner!

6/4/2007 12:29:07 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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thank you Susie!

6/4/2007 12:52:51 PM

Stefania Barbier
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amazing... great shot!

6/5/2007 6:27:39 AM

Lisa R. Buffington
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WOW! Absolutely stunning. This shot was in Editor's First Picks, congrats.

6/6/2007 12:30:04 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you Stefania and Lisa! Lisa I didn't know that, thanks!!

6/6/2007 12:46:11 PM

Shannon Davis Brier
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Oh my gosh!!! I bet you had one weepy, with joy of course, bride. It's stunning. Simply stunning. Her pose with that sky...amazing.

6/7/2007 5:28:38 PM

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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Deborah!

6/26/2007 5:06:37 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Woo-hoo! Thanks!!

6/26/2007 5:31:11 PM

Sharon K. King
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This is so Beautiful...Congrats!

6/26/2007 7:12:21 PM

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6/27/2007 5:49:25 AM

Howard A. Wimpee
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That is one awsome and beautiful portrait!!! Congratulations!!!!

6/27/2007 10:17:52 AM

Brenda c. McFarland
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Yeah!!! I hope you win with this!! I am happy to see it made the finals!!

6/27/2007 10:35:45 AM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you so much everyone, it means so much to me! I'm excited!! I am shooting this brides wedding next weekend and they want this big on canvas, so far everyone in her family who has seen her photos has flipped out! It should be a beautiful wedding!

6/27/2007 12:14:55 PM

Roger Fry
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Wow ! The bride must be well impressed with this ! Congratulations on being a finalist !


6/28/2007 1:15:48 PM

Heidi  Brand

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This is a stunning image! Congrats on being a finalist.

7/18/2007 7:38:24 AM

Evy Johansen
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Wow.. awesome image!! Big congratulations on your POTD, Deborah!!

7/29/2007 12:39:04 AM

Mary K. Robison
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Brilliant image, Deborah! Judging by this, that wedding album is going to be fantastic!
Congratulations on your well-earned POTD!

7/29/2007 3:22:00 AM

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This is a beautiful shot Deborah. Very well done. Congratulations.

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7/29/2007 3:34:54 AM

Josselyne Klecanda
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Incredibly beautiful! WOW!

7/29/2007 4:21:57 AM

Milan Banik
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beautiful composition.congrates

7/29/2007 5:08:23 AM

Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

7/29/2007 5:17:49 AM

Carol Dibble
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Amazing image...congrats on finalist and POTD!

7/29/2007 5:31:30 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Deborah on your very well deserved POTD! Jeff

7/29/2007 6:00:51 AM

Nancy L. Green
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What an unusual and beautiful bridal photo!!! GORGEOUS!!! Congratulations on a wonderful POTD!!! <><

7/29/2007 6:20:07 AM

Lisa J. Boulden
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I just had to revisit this when I heard the great news!!!
C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S on your POTD. So very well deserved, Deborah!

7/29/2007 6:30:36 AM

Paul Goodman
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Congrats on POTD, this is an Awesome Bridal Photo.

7/29/2007 6:54:32 AM

Joe D. Horn
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Amazing picture - absolutely outstanding!!! Nice work!!

7/29/2007 7:17:39 AM

Jim Britt

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Great shot. Nice contrast. Congrats on POTD.

7/29/2007 7:24:23 AM

Deborah A. Ciullo
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Stunningly Beautiful Shot Deborah! Congratulations on this FANTASTIC capture!!!

7/29/2007 7:42:18 AM

Chris Hayes
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Wow. Holy cr@p. Amazing.

7/29/2007 8:58:42 AM

Lori L. Thomas
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Where did you shoot this at?

7/29/2007 9:21:11 AM

Lisa Atkins
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Now, THAT, is a portrait!!!! Beautiful! Congrats on photo of the day, and making the finals. Looks more like a grand prize winner, to me.

7/29/2007 10:05:34 AM

Ernie Atkins
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I would like to know how much of the exposure was from the available outdoor lighting and how much from the two flash units. Also do you remember what the ratio was between falsh untis?

Incredible composition, as well. Great pose at power point with nice diagonal lines and, of course, the sky. Awesome shot - congrats.

7/29/2007 10:09:53 AM

Shelly A. Van Camp
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Very Beautiful image...super!

7/29/2007 10:21:14 AM

Toni  Hopper
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Deborah, awesome!!!!

7/29/2007 10:29:57 AM

RC  Fritz
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Awesome POTD. Congrats!

7/29/2007 12:31:17 PM

Anthony Jefferies

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So the trick is to use your husband as a slave Deb, is that what you say? Seriously, what works for me is the story or stories that take this picture beyond your average wedding shot. Is this a snowball melting in the heat of love? Is this a unique human being, standing, perfect when all around is burning? Apart from the technical brilliance (with your husband holding the slave flash) this what strikes me.

7/29/2007 1:22:09 PM

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7/29/2007 1:47:47 PM

Diane L. Thomas
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What a great capture, It is beautiful and I know the bride was pleased. Diane Thomas

7/29/2007 2:14:24 PM

Keith L. Clayton
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Super dramatic shot! I love this image. Very well done!

7/29/2007 3:01:53 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Dramatic and beautiful keepsake, excellent image. A great potd, congratulations!

7/29/2007 3:33:11 PM

Denise Denomy
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There is nothing left to say but STUNNING!

7/29/2007 3:43:18 PM

Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on POTD Deborah, lovely image

7/29/2007 3:45:58 PM

Patricia Ronan
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Beautiful image! Congrats on your POTD:)

7/29/2007 3:48:32 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Wow! I am so overwelmed!! Thank you so so much for all your kind words, it has totoally maked me day!!
Lori, I shot this on the red rocks of St. George, Utah!
Ernie, the exposure of the sky was from the outdoor light and my bride was all flash. A few times my flash didn't fire and the sky looked the same but my bride was dark, it did make a cool silhouette though! :) I was trying so many different things that night I don't remember the ratio between flash units, sorry.
Tonj, that is so funny! Thank you so much!!
Again thank you to everyone, I don't know what else to say! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! :)

7/29/2007 4:26:15 PM

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This is really wonderful! Congratulations!

7/30/2007 6:11:58 AM

Cortney B. Teeples

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This bride made one right decision for her wedding and that was to hire you! Well done! I just hope she lucked out with picking her groom too! :)

7/30/2007 8:17:27 AM


Amazing shot! This looks like it belongs on the cover of a bride's magazine.

8/4/2007 6:46:58 AM

Jessica L. Lyczynski

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AMAZING!!!! This is a beautiful photo! did you use any special filters on this? I love this photo!

9/27/2007 10:34:46 AM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Hi Jessica, thanks for your comment!! I did not use filters of any kind, that is really what the sky looked like that night and our city is surrounded by red rocks, it is a great place for bridals!

9/27/2007 11:34:42 AM

Elmer  E. Fleagle

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The contrast of the gown and the sky really stands out. I have read through most of the comments on this photo and agree with most. A photo well done.

11/27/2007 5:03:12 PM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thank you so much Elmer! It means a lot to me!

11/27/2007 7:24:35 PM

Tony P. Bernhoffer
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Hot photo! Makes me think of the 1970 song VENUS by Shockng Blue-SHE'S MY VENUS, SHE'S MY FIRE; AT MY DESIRE! Cool and far out!

1/10/2008 12:31:04 PM

Audra Hughes
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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

1/11/2008 5:57:05 AM

Deborah T. Ouzts

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Thanks so much!! Tony, that made me laugh! The Bride ordered this as a 40x60 on gallery wrap canvas, it turned out amazing! Thanks again everyone!

1/11/2008 12:33:52 PM

Jenni Ms Petterson

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Simply divine, great job

2/19/2008 1:11:04 PM

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