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Copyright: Karen Beall (kbeall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1972-02-16
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment, Friends/Family, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): SIlver Tulip Award II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 19:00
Viewed: 2601
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En route to my eldest daughter Jessica's wedding, I caught all three girls with different expressions. Neither of the younger two had even been to a wedding before, and this day they were to be bridesmaids in their sister's wedding. They were also struggling with the thought of "losing" their big sister (as was I), and sure enough, tears erupted during the ceremony. I love the serene look on bride Jessica's face in this shot, as well as the bit of overexposure from the window next to her.

PP work--used the lasso to cut out the girls (a bit rough--didn't have a mouse), then inverted the selection and tarnished the background and applied a gaussian blur. That was it, besides the framing, sizing and sharpening.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-02-19 19:16]
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Hi Karen, what a wonderful natural photo of the 3 girls. Your 3 girls. It is quite an event and after my 4 sons' weddings I understand what it is like to be at your child's wedding... there's excitement and a tinge of sadness too.
I like how you have captured them all - the blurred BG may not have been necessary, seeing you didn't have a mouse!!
But a lovely one for the family album

Nice work here, Karen. Very effective in capturing the gamut of expressions among the sisters and very nice lighting and exposure. A very comely trio to count as your daughters. Congratulations!


What a beauties Karen
I keep looking at there expressions
(I think the middle one thinks ' I have her bigger room now ' ) smile
Reading your technical comment I admire you did all that not having a mouse.
So you must be not only a proud Mom but same for photographer.
I love this photo
Bye bye

Hi Karen:
Very beautiful and great panoramic crop...
Well seen & captured and I must say that it is very pleasant ti view:)

Beautiful shot.
Excellent sharpness, details and lighting.
And you a beautiful daughters :-).

Great photos. The expressions are great!

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-02-20 6:03]

Hi Karen...
Fantastic capture - lovely and romantic, very nice PP work...
Sharp capture, fantastic details and colors.
Well presented and well done.

Oh my..
Karen Karen what a fantastic pack of beautifull girls :-)
Is that our very TL Mandie in the middle?
Ok .. at the moment have friends and family looking..8 pair of eyes
and the general view is WOW WOW WOW
You can be proud of your 'gang' Karen and so can the Dad!
Congratulations and OFCOURSE the
Silver Tulip Award
Smiles to all from Holland
John ( and all the viewrs here )

Very nicely done..You can tell they are all thinking but perhaps all thinking different things...How intriguing. A great way to pass emotions and feelings..Nicely done!

Three lovely young ladies Karen. A very good image considering the light and situaton. Clear skin tones and good detail with some innovative PP work. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Fury’

Hello Karen

excellent shot
3 beautiful girls, very natural different expressions...

really very good image


Hello Karen,

Congrats, what a wonderful accomplishment it of yours, I bet it was tearful tears of JOY, wonderful photo the photo speaks for itself wonderful story being told

TFS Kylw

Hi Karen,

You must be very proud, all three of the are very pretty! I am sure that the wedding was wonderful and your photo is captured nicely. Great Varying expressions and thoughts, very sharp and well exposed.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-02-22 9:08]

Hello Karen
Congratulations to the new couple....

I really love this photo of your girls... perfect light!



Hi Karen,
Congrats on aquiring a son-in-law! The girls all look great, such different levels of emotions displayed by them. Wow, pp work without a mouse(!!!) great job. Thanks for sharing this lovely moment in time with us!

Hi Karen

Yo have caught some lovely expressions here and the skin tones look good. I like the panoramic crop. Nice job and best wishes to your family on this happy occassion.



P.S. How lucky for your daughter to have a photographer in the family..extra wedding photos for nothing :)

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2008-02-29 9:36]

Karen - first of all what lovely daughters you have of which I'm sure you are very proud of.
This is a wonderful photo for reason as you pointed out.
Considering how you took this (tight space) lighting condtions,this is extremely well done. perfect POV and timing.
TFS a part of your family with us.


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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-03-04 1:03]

What a lovely trio !!!
This will be a great souvenir, for sure.

congrats and thanks,
ps.I'll be back with points

Very nice Karen. Well composed, with great expressions. Nice colors.

The only thing I might have done differently is to burn in the right border a bit. The brightness there pulls my eye away from the faces. The way I like to do it is to use a separate layer in overlay mode. Fill it with 50% gray, this doesn't change anything. Then paint on it black where you want to burn and white where you want to dodge. I use a separate layer for burning and 1 for dodging. When you paint start with the brush opacity/flow at about 5-10% and build up on it. I sometimes need to increase the brush above 10-15% when it's really bright but that is rare. It affects it to much at that level.

Hope this is useful.


What a fantastic group of Angels
What a treasure. This must have been a day to never forget for you Karen.


What a lovely portrait, i like the way the bride looks over the younger sister. I also like the way you've crop the image.
The only minor bad points i would say, is that the two on the left were still wearing their jackets...))i can go for leopard, but nylon?))) but hey...that's life..
Nicely done.

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