J B Sallee and I share a lot of great history. I've watched him grow as an artist as well as a husband, Dad and great friend. There are four things I love about this image, which JB just linked me to yesterday on an IM while on Facebook.
First, JB never compromises on quality and technique. For this image he was having some fun with Profoto's off camera flash system, the B1. The image is stunning and one of those shots you only seem to get under the stars out west.
Second, cropping is so important to great images. The original is below and many of you wouldn't go for a panoramic feel and instead play off of that big sparkling night sky. I like the cropping because it brings the bride back in as the primary subject.
Third, check out his logo. It's there for him to advertise as well as protect his image a little, but it's not in your face. It takes only a little away from the image and it's not overly distractive. Too many of you brand your images with all the finesse of a cowhand in the old west!
Fourth, this was shot in Death Valley just before WPPI. JB took advantage of being on the road outside of his home state of Texas and utilizing the trip for one more thing, building his portfolio and expertise. You couldn't ask for a more effective use of his time, since he was headed that way for the convention anyway.
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then there's no need for me to bother to even write anything else about this image. However, JB is definitely somebody who needs to be on your radar...best place to keep tabs on him is on Facebook. He's just a click away.
Meanwhile...nice job buddy!
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