Time and place: This image was created on 13th Feb 2009, Friday, just before sunset at Upper Seletar.
About the photo: Subjects are parents who have been married for a long time.
"Another sunset came and went,
Nothing different from the countless missed,
Yonder lies a mystery unraveling,
Intention: Beautiful sunset or not, it doesn't matter so long as the company is right. There is always something to look forward to somewhere together.
Equipment and settings: D200 + 24mm f/2.8D + 7700K WB + f/8 + ISO100 + cheap GND. Taken at 1/500s and 1/30s.
Technical info: Camera was mounted on a tripod (without remote shutter as I had forgotten to bring it along) on a level grass patch. This image is actually HDR made from the 2 shots at the shutter speeds given above. HDR processed with Photomatix (TIFF). Slight retouch, leveling and dodged a bit of the skin in CS3 (TIFF). Saved in sRGB colourspace (JPG) and unsharpened with Capture NX.
This is my first time posting in the critique corner and also my first time trying to shoot human subjects together with a bright source of light (the sun in this case).
I will like feedback on my composition on how I can make the message stronger. I will also like to know how else I could have make the shots (preferably without flash) to make the skin tone less grainy and dark-looking. Subjects have naturally tanned skin though.
Thanks for the replies in advance.