Thursday, November 03, 2011

"The Soft Curves Of Beauty "

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"The Soft Curves Of Beauty "
© David A. Ziser

This is one of my favorite images I captured in Tampa a few weeks ago.  It is a totally natural light image - no flash allowed.  Sometimes the light is just perfect so forget the flash and take advantage of that beautiful soft light.

Not only did I have wonderfully naturally occurring light, I also had a fabulous location to work.  I love the soft curved lines of the railing.  It was a perfect compositional element for leading the viewer’s eye to my beautiful bride.

Next, one of the important ingredients of this image is the very pleasing background behind the bride.  I had to use "Live View" on my Canon 7D because I was reaching out over the railing so that I could frame up the background where I wanted it.  Many times you will have most of the ingredients of a great image but something will be missing to bring it all together.  That was not the case here.

Look at how all the lines in this image, including the lines of the bride, are leaning AND leading your eye to the right side of the image.  Placing the bride at nodal point #3 was the perfect position for her in this composition.  Add a pleasing expression and we have a very nice bridal portrait.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 200mm, F11 @ 1/100 second, ISO 800.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. ...and you darkened the background in Lightroom?

  2. Hi Anonymous,
    Nope, only darker edges. I actually lightened parts of the background because it was too dark.

  3. David, how did you get the bride's dress and bride so well exposed and the background do under-exposed?. It certainly look like you used flash

  4. I love the way you posed her hand ( a perfect hand to paint...side view) and the TILT of her head!