August 20, 2012
The other day, when I posted Young Texans in Love, Our friend, Jean Yves (Ifocus) had a wonderful suggestion that I aim for a kissing shot with the lips barely touching for an anticipatory feeling. Awesome suggestion! While I do not have a shot in this engagement shoot with lips barely touching, I do have this one with lips about to touch. This shot was a processing challenge because there was a bright yellow pedestrian crossing signal on the street corner and it popped up right behind his shoulder and her hand. Yuk! It was ugly and so distracting. But, it is gone now because Jean-Yves' suggestion inspired me to tackle the challenge. I tell teens I am a digital dermatologist. I guess I can tell young couples I am a digital landscaper, too. (Best viewed in X3 to see the genuine romantic facial expression.)
I'm sure many of my friends here in the community have noticed that I lean toward B&W for emotional shots. I nearly always provide our customers with a color version as well. But when I put the two versions side by side, I am usually more compelled by the timeless emotions conveyed in the B&W versions. I'm wondering how other photographers feel about emotion conveyed by color or its absence.
Post Note: Harsh, thanks for the suggestion to remove the line from the curb. I will definitely fix that since we haven't presented this image to the couple yet. Your suggestion will make the presentation all the better!
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