Bride on fire

© Jake Stanton

Bride on fire

Arthur Bohlmann 10/31/2011 6:36:49 PM

Wow! What a poweerful image #1419599

Dennis Gay 11/1/2011 1:47:58 AM

G'day *Jake*!

What a sad, sad, story. Even without the accompanying narrative, the viewer's own imagination can conjure up many a scenario for this excellent imagery. With the narrative you have strengthened the story and made it whole, leaving no doubt as to what is your intention.

I feel though that were you to crop off a strip across the bottom, bringing the edge up to a bit below the bottle, you would add much more impact to the image and draw the viewer's eye further in. As our left side and the top have already been cropped tightly by your framing, my suggestion would also go along with that. (Justathort!)

Selective colouring is usually used to draw attention to the coloured element in an image and is most times over used but in this image it does not become a distraction as the model's face remains the strongest focal point of the image.

Good lighting on the model's face, exceptional exposure of the dress and very good contrast and tonal range add to this fine photograph's appeal.

A great concept carried out very well indeed.

Dennis #9776009

Jake Stanton 11/1/2011 9:58:34 AM

Thank you Arthur and Dennis!

Actually, this isn't a model, it's me lol. Im a girl named Jake.
I wasn't sure I could pull off this picture, the mood, that I wanted to convey. My marriage is actually very strong, but I've been wanting to try on my old dress and do a moody self portrait. I like the outcome, only I've lost a lot of weight and the dress kept trying to fall off during the shoot lol.
I agree that cropping could add impact but I wanted the skirt of the dress to lead the eye toward a tear streaked face. I actually had a vision in my head that I was surrounded by folds and folds of puffy dress, but sometimes things turn out different for the better :)
Thank you so much for the kind comments, it means a lot coming from someone with such a wonderful portfolio and so many winners.

-Jake #9776815

Wendy M. Hansen-Penman 11/5/2011 9:03:46 PM

It's cool for me to find someone else who finds inspiration for photos in lyrics! I love hearing the words to a favorite song and attempting to put an image, and a mood, to them. Beautiful image. #9786401

Jake Stanton 11/6/2011 8:12:44 AM

Thank you Wendy! Yes, I am very inspired by music. Im glad to see someone else with the same passion. #9787155

Sherri Ash 12/17/2011 7:02:50 PM

Outstanding!!!! I love the story. You can almost feel her sadness. #9874813

Jake Stanton 12/18/2011 10:07:33 AM

Thank you Sherri. It was hard for me to evoke a mood that I felt nothing close to. But I guess I pulled it off. Your comments make everything worth it :) #9875767

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"Iv'e heard that your settled down, that you found a girl and your married now. I heard that your dreams came true. Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you..."

Exif: F Number: 3.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/300 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 1250, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 18.00 mm, Model: NIKON D5000

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