awesome than, it rocks when a clients happy.
While I like the idea, part of good thing about a white dress in a field is its glow. I feel your edit, while showing more detail, actually takes away the personality of the dress.
I agree about the glow value of a light colored dress like that for providing an ethereal feel to the shot, it works especially well in a certain situations.
This is all highly subjective, but I find the original version draws my eyes away from her face and towards the lower L part of the image. There are also the bright green weeds that are getting a little extra illumination and I find they also compete for attention. Dropping those down an EV or 2 still keeps them in the image for interest but reduces their competitiveness with the main subject, which I presume is the pretty girl under the hat and the interesting expression on her face rather than the dress she's wearing.
And that's just MY opinion.
Everyone is free to create whatever they wish that appeals to them which is one of the main things that makes photography so engaging and enjoyable.
I'm certainly no conformist to convention in many of my images either and that non-conformist approach does appeal to some viewers even more. One of the main reasons I was requested for weddings or other work was someone saw what I shot and they decided they liked it more than the usual, more formulaic and formal methods often used. There are plenty of ways to express that creativity. Have fun with it and develop whatever style you like.
While i hear what aglet is saying, i like what you did there and wouldn't change a thing.
i agree with you - I understand aglet's points...BUT, the light from above forms a wonderful highlight on her mischievous grin, while at the same time her eyes are hidden in dark mystery...photo art.
Yes, the eyes & face work well that but I'd like the dress toned down about half a stop, maybe more, I find it distractingly bright.
If you don't have snoots, easy to do in Lightroom with a neutral grad dragged up from the bottom left and tweaked to see if it looks better…
I just did a quick 2-grad filter, -0.7 from the bottom with some angle to tone down the white dress a wee bit. Another from the top R corner. I'd play with it a bit more if I had time, maybe only -0.5 EV grad, slight sat and contrast boost
Also the hot-spot on her left shoulder jumps at me like a case of sunburn. It's nitpicking for hobby level shooting but if you want to hear some hopefully constructive criticism, I'm full of it.
Great shots. What are you doing for lighting?White Lightning x800, vagabond lithium, and a 42" brolly box
http://trentchau.wordpress.com is my blog.
I'll put it in detail, need to generate traffic anyways.
LOL awesome you are a legend!
by the way i have to say you photographic skills far exceed your web design skills
not that i can talk i'm not even doing my own site and its still under construction
OMG. I reported you.