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Kerry L. Walker

Which do you like better?

  Bride at window
Bride at window
© Kerry L. Walker
Pentax 645N Medium...
I am going to try to upload a couple of images. I don't do this often so it may not work the first time. Which do you like better? Of course, if you don't like either, that's OK too.

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3/24/2006 7:04:49 AM

Angela K. Wittmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2003
  I like the 2nd one better as you can see more details in her dress

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3/24/2006 7:14:52 AM

Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  I second Angela :O) It focusses more on the women :O)

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3/24/2006 7:20:10 AM

Kerry L. Walker   Thank you both. I was more curious about the composition than the details. These images are scans of textured prints (which don't scan well which is why I order them that way) so I lose a LOT in the translation. The print looks a lot better than the scan.

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3/24/2006 7:24:37 AM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I only see one woman in there! lol. j/k Sylvia! Kerry, go for the cropped. It's her day we/her family/her herself wanna see HER!! lol. I think the wide/uncropped has too much surroundings. #2 gets right up there with her and connects us better (well the women).

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3/24/2006 7:26:25 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Hey Kerry,
I'm going to respectfully disagree with the others.

If the design on the stained glass window had been a random pattern, or something not recognizeable, then the closer cropped image would be fine. But the cross on the window is so obviously a cross, that the close image looks cut off. A big T jumps out at me.

I really prefer the first image. Very beautiful image, by the way.

Great job!

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3/24/2006 7:57:03 AM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  As a photographer artist wannabe, I like the first as I look at the architecture and the window design as well as the bride as a whole.

If I step back and look at this as if I were the bride or her family member, I would like the second for more personal and intimate nature of the image.

Also, if I were the bride, I will buy both for my album…
…I always liked a multiple question where I can select more than one answer… ;)

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3/24/2006 9:33:41 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  the 1st,more of a sense of what she's looking at.composition is good in both.

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3/24/2006 9:39:58 AM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  From A Composition Standpoint The First Image Meets The Rule Of Thirds Much Better,it Has The Best Design Kerry..

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3/24/2006 10:38:09 AM

Kerry L. Walker   Thanks for the comments. I thought I would be the only one who liked the first one better. To me it conveys more of a mood, the bride looking to the Cross on her wedding day. I agree with Nobi in that the bride would probably prefer the latter as it gives more detail of her (unless she wants to order a 16x20. lol).

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3/24/2006 3:22:47 PM

Don Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2004
  OK, since you asked (lol), and maybe this is a guy thing but I asked myself "what the heck is she looking at or trying to see?" The beautiful bride is neither looking at the cross or looking "out" of a window. I held some paper to the second photo and cropped it tigher to show only half the cross and the bride. Just my two cents worth. Either way, you've done a very good job and she will treasure what you have done.

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3/24/2006 4:58:55 PM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  Hi Kerry:

I was hesitant to disagree at first till I read Chris' response. I agree with him and several others. Even though your main subject isn't as big in the uncropped version, I found that as I first viewed the photo, my attention was just automatically drawn to the bride. Aside from the lighting and exposure, you did a fine job of applying the rule of thirds here. She is right in the lower righthand quadrant of third and beleive it or not, that vast window and space on the left and upper part of the picture seem to send your eyes right to where the subject is. There is no serching and no guessing what or who the subject is. And also, as Chris pointed out, because the cross in the stain glass is recognisable it isn't neccessary to crop it out for fear of being a distraction. If it had been something abstract the the viewer might be spending too much time trying to figure out the glass and not paying attention to the main subject.
Both shots are very good. My personal preference would be the first though. Somehow I just enjoy a picture better when it draws you to the attention of the main subject rather than just putting it in front of your face.


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3/25/2006 6:46:54 AM

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