http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottoschulzephotographers/5161037045/in/[email protected]/lightbox/ I came across this photo from photographer Otto Schulze by chance and was instantly drawn to it. I've left the Flikr image open on one of my tabs in my browser for days and would come back and take another look at it from time to time. There are so many things I like about it: - The first thing that really made me look over and over again is the crystal clear focus on the couple and the gentle shallow depth of field of the background. It has that amazing 3D look to it. - I really like the two big overblown lights on either side of the photo, one of which is just outside the right frame, the way the lights invaluably add to the crispness of the image. The backs of the couple are backlit by the lights on either side of them and yet their shadowed sides are also lit just right, almost like they're glowing actually. Looking at it again, the scene looks like it was lit by an experienced ACS cinematographer for a scene in a film. - I like the high contrast black and white, although I'd like to see what it looks like in colour too. - I like the grain, perfect amount of grain as far as I'm concerned. - I like the way the walls in the far background are lit by the lights on the wall, producing a soft textured background for the photo. - I like that there is a sea of people visible just in the dark background, further focusing the attention on the couple. - I like the girl on the floor in the foreground, simply excellent in this context. - I like that the couple is completely oblivious to the crowd in the background and the girl in the foreground. - I like the couple's pose, the photographer captured the grace in that specific 'moment'. Not a foot, hand, hip or knee out of place. There are only three tiny things to critique - (i) the bride's hair could've been back a bit to reveal her face, which would've been lit up by the light in front of her, and (ii) that guy in the white shirt in the background behind the groom. Sit down, dammit! Or sink back further into the background, and (iii) that huge open doorway in the background, close those doors! Other than that, an excellent photo otherwise. It doesn't even bother me that the photo is on a slight angle. The photographer probably intended it that way and it suits the context.