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photoblog image From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

SANDRA

Back in the 1970’s Maureen’s brother asked me to take the photos at his wedding and this is a picture of his bride Sandra. I didn’t take account of the shadow across the top of her face from the wide brim of the hat! Sorry about my lack of response to your lovely comments on Monday, we both appreciated them, I was laid low with one of those Stomach bugs which requires no futher description!!

  

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

SANDRA

Back in the 1970’s Maureen’s brother asked me to take the photos at his wedding and this is a picture of his bride Sandra. I didn’t take account of the shadow across the top of her face from the wide brim of the hat! Sorry about my lack of response to your lovely comments on Monday, we both appreciated them, I was laid low with one of those Stomach bugs which requires no futher description!!

  

comments (18)

I don't think the shadow is dark enough to be distracting, Brian - it's a lovely shot!
Glad you're feeling better!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. There is a Tummy thingy going round at the moment so I'm told, I usually manage to avoid them but not this time!!!
Very nice portrait Brian. I trust you feel better!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, yes I'm certainly better than the beginning of the week.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2015, 05:45
Great job, Brian...especially the hair!

I trust you have recovered control of your nethers?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, and yes, hopefully the 'nethers' are now under full control smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2015, 06:26
It's dated but nice Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 May 2015, 07:02
You were in good company, Brian. It seems we shutterchancers are doomed to this
Brian Walbey: Yes I heard from Ginnie that you both had a stomach thingy, what a shame, I do hope you can make your trip another time.
Your images are most wonderful and charming, Brian...and from way back then! Btw, Lisl and Chris didn't travel to see us a couple weeks ago because of a stomach virus. I just hope it doesn't jump the North Sea!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I've got quite a lot more older stuff to post in due course. There does seem to be a tummy thingy doing the rounds at the moment, I usually avoid them but not this time!!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 20 May 2015, 08:02
sad I am so sorry to hear that the bug got you.... take care and take your time to recover.
Wonderful portrait.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, on both counts.
'70s hair for sure Brian. Sorry you have been unwell.
Brian Walbey: yes it does look very 70's doesn't it. Hopefully I'm on the mend Chad, I usually manage to avoid these bugs but not this time!!
I don't see a trouble with a shadow. Hop the bug has flown away.
Brian Walbey: These were early days in my photography hobby and I achieved a shadow from the brim of the hat and the hat itself, being white, is burnt out and devoid of almost any detail, not what they would have got from a proper wedding photographer. Anyway the bug seems to be on its way to some other unsuspecting target, hopefully not Maureen.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 May 2015, 10:22
Oh, I did a few weddings back then. It started off with a wedding of one of my 3 brothers. The resulting album was my wedding gift to them. That led to other requests. I just had to stop doing it. I mean, there is life outside of weddings. And I am strictly amateur.

Here is SA the light is actually a problem when you do weddings and other outdoors portraiture. A wedding on a clouded day, was a blessing. So one tried to shoot in shadows or use filtered flashes. In photography 101 they teach you to shoot with the sun over your shoulder - but then the couple have harsh sun in their eyes. The other way round, the shot is backlit. Fill flash you say? To highlight the film of sweat on the bride in African temperatures? Hah - strong light brings strong contrast. No amount of polarising, flash filling, can hide the shade of a hat then. That is why a clouded day was a blessing.

You see what memories this picture brought about? smile
Brian Walbey: Well I'm glad I stirred a few memories Louis, this is the only time I ever done the wedding photos for anybody, the pros know what they are doing and I am hopeless with using flash anyway. Sadly Sandra and my BIL.haven't seen the course out and divorced some years ago.
I love the big sun hat, really in that time frame
Brian Walbey: I don't mind the hat but in technical terms I've made a very poor job of photographing it as it is devoid of any detail whatsoever.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2015, 15:25
I'm immediately thinking jean Shrimpton; that most have been the same sort of peiod, I think.

I hope you've boiled your head, Brian; I've heard about viruses that you can get from the internet smile
Brian Walbey: Yes it was about that period Alan, 1972/3 I think.
Hope you are feeling better. Wedding photos were more of a worry before digital !!
Brian Walbey: Yes better now thanks Bill. This is the only time I've ever done a wedding, now it's digital it's a mad thing, at our Caroline's wedding the photographer started early in the morning with Caroline and bridesmaids getting ready and finished late on in the reception evening and took some 1,800 images which both sets of parents and Caroline and Kev have copies of.
Nicely portrait!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2015, 17:53
Good portrait Brian, I bet the shadow from the brim caused some problems.
Brian Walbey: At the time I didn't think about that shadow being very much a beginner, some have said here it doesn't matter but you and I, with our wisdom of such things know it does, fortunately this wasn't a commercial shoot.
Lovely long hair and a straw hat... perfect for that 1970's wedding.
Brian Walbey: Yes very much of the times Jacquelyn.
Fine portrait, Brian - you should do a "now and then" presentation smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom. Can't do your suggestion, the marriage, sadly, went the way of many others some years ago, much to Maureen's brothers disappointment.
another great portrait from your 70's darkroom Brian!
....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much peter.

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