"In The Golden Light"
©David A. Ziser
I made this image a few years ago. I like it because it's shows just how beautiful natural window light can be. Once again, we have a beautiful profile view of our subject. I've mentioned recently [link] that the profile view of your subject can often times lead to a wonderfully striking portrait. Sure it's posed, but who cares - this is a beautiful portrait study of the young lady.
Remember, being able to create beautiful portrait studies can be a very effective way to separate yourself from the competition. Sure, everybody likes the fun, spontaneous wedding images. Heck, I do too. But, I still like to look on an image and enjoy the play of light and shadow on the subject. This is an image that you can just continue to gaze at and enjoy. This image invites you in and asks you to explore the softness of the expression, the contours of the profile, the colors of the complimenting background. It asks you to look more closely at the softness of the light gently wrapping the subject's face.
Now stop for a moment and consider what went into making his image. I first had to find the light, identify it's direction, determine the amount of fill light present, pose the bride to the light, position the camera at the proper angle to capture the profile view while still hoping the background holds together. Lots of thought went into creating this image and that thought process resulted in a pretty nice photograph of our bride. Folks, part of the fun of this profession is being able to put these kinds of images together. Pressing the shutter button is only half the fun. The other half is in the process of creating the final result. I hope you enjoy it too. Camera specs: Canon 40 D fitted with 70-200mm IS lens at 100mm, F 4.0 @ 1/15 second, ISO 1000. Enjoy! David