Bow Tie Problems

2/18/14

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I’m sitting here trying to figure out why I like this scene so much…  I guess I just like the fact that his son’s girlfriend feels so comfortable around him.  I think it’s sweet that she’s helping him with his bow tie.  I really like the tones and balance of color in this image.  Other small details like the Coca Cola “light” and the iPhone on the table help to set the scene.

I timed this image to make sure I could see the bow tie dangling there so the viewer knows what’s happening at first glance.  I don’t think second image wouldn’t work by itself since it might be confusing without the first image but paired I think they tell the story well.

I shot this with my Nikon D4 and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.  ISO1250 f2.8 at 1/200 sec. No fill flash or reflector… just exposing to naturally see detail in subjects without completely blowing out background.  I used Aperture and a film filter VSCO Kodak Portra 160(-) with VSCO II film grain 100 to edit the image.   I’m a huge fan of “less is more” when it comes to editing my photos.  I try not to over correct or perfect my images when editing since my goal is to tell a story that is believable.   I will crop, retouch, or remove distractions that take away from the moment if necessary… but I left this scene pretty much as is.

Location:  The St. Regis Singapore Presidential Suite

Please comment below to tell me your thoughts on the image.  I read and appreciate all feedback and try to answer all questions!

  1. Gabriel

    February 18th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Nice moment and welcome back!

  2. Anastasia Gaasenbeek photographer

    February 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This touching moment looks very natural. Fine that it’s not over-postprocessed! In this particular case all details work perfect to support the scene. Well done!

  3. Denver Fashion Photographer

    April 23rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    What a beautiful moment. I think the color of her dress is a really nice touch. Definitely portfolio keepers!

    -Lynzi

  4. Stacy Squires Photography

    September 24th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    this is one of those photos that is just perfect the way it is :-)

  5. Cyprus Wedding Photographer

    January 7th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Brilliant! Keep up with the good work!

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