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Old Sep 7, 2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default She said Yes! - A Wedding Proposal

Yesterday, I was walking along River Street here in Savannah, looked towards the water, and saw someone kneeling down. It was a Wedding Proposal.

Unfortunately, I was too far away for a good shot without a longer lens when I noticed what was happening. But, I took the shot anyway, since I did not have time to move any closer at the time and I didn't want to miss it. Just to make things worse, I got a card full error immediately after taking this shot (so I fumbled to swap cards real quick before moving in closer for more photos).

This is pretty close to a 100% crop (sorry, I was not very close), without any editing.

I've got a RAW file that I'll tweak later (I was shooting RAW+JPEG). I moved closer after this shot and took more that I'll try to PP over the next few days and give to the couple (I got their contact info and let them know I'd do what I can to get them some photos of the event). It was very emotional for sure, with tears [the happy kind] in the young lady's eyes, as she did not appear to be expecting this proposal.

Anyway, here's what is pretty close to a 100% crop without any PP (just cropping the JPEG for posting here). She said yes (and still had tears of joy in her eyes when I moved closer to get more photos after the initial proposal). I wish I would have been using a longer lens (or would have been closer when I saw this young man kneel down).

But, I hope they'll still cherish the capture of this kind of memory after I spend a bit of time working with the RAW files and closer in shots I got after this one). It made me smile for sure (as it's not often you see this kind of thing, much less capture photos of it).

What I have to work with (this is a downsized copy of the original JPEG, but I also have a RAW file). So, I'll see what I can do with it and also give them the shots I took after I moved closer to them when I noticed the Proposal in Progress:

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Old Sep 7, 2012, 1:45 PM   #2
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How special it will be for the couple when you send them the shots, special captures Jim.

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Old Sep 7, 2012, 2:33 PM   #3
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Nice catch Jim, I bet those two are going to be so happy you caught that moment. That 100% crop looks pretty awesome to me, considering the circumstances; looks like the camera was metering more for the shadows, so the gentleman's back is a bit blown out.

I bet the RAW edit will turn out great.
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 4:46 PM   #4
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Wonderful moment in time & a great response from you
Never mind that the camera's result [maybe] is less than 100%
You get 100% for the quick thinking & the results at hand

Well done
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 10:30 AM   #5
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Great timing Jim, not a dry eye in the house. A "forever" shot for the couple.
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 2:55 PM   #6
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Great capture of the happy couple. Sometimes you have to shoot first and ask questions later
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 1:07 AM   #7
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Well there's something you don't see everyday. How lucky they are that you just happened to be walking by with a camera in you hands.

That was really nice of you to give them your contact info.

Best of luck with the processing.
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 8:15 AM   #8
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Lovely shot Jim, and good timing and observation! I think that one will go in the wedding album...Thumbs up!
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Old Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 AM   #9
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Awesome Jim...fantastic capture...this is just absolutely wonderful!
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Right place, right time, right photographer.
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