I too LOVE backlighting, more than ever lately. It is tempting to "fix" the lightness on the subjects but often times I end up preferring the "faded" look of them because it is all about the backlighting and the effect it has. For that reason, I prefer your SOOC. Just a personal opinion
I like the hazy look, but you definitely took your edit in a different direction. The thing I like about Steph's example is that the face is well exposed -- and in your SOOC the faces are pretty well exposed too. But you've darkened them considerably in your editing, which causes a problem.
I'm thinking a tighter crop and a more hazy approach would be better for the SOOC, given what the lighting is in the SOOC. (Or you could go for something more like Steph's with some masking to keep the faces more properly exposed, I guess, though I'm totally lost with masking so I don't know!)
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I know what you mean, Stephanie, and I do LOVE your shot. Maybe Katie's edit is just on the too-dark side, subject-wise.
Well, there's a different approach to this type of backlit image. I do a lot of backlighting because of the direction of the sun in my yard in the evening. The timber you see is where the sun is, so I had to learn to do backlighting (through the help of you incredibly wonderful ladies here!).
When you're shooting against the trees like this, your likely not going to get haze unless your camera is in the sun. When there's a wide open field behind the subject, and you're not using a lens hood (and even sometimes when you are), you're going to get this type of haze, and that little sun flare that Katie got. So, if she doesn't want the haze, my suggestion is to put something dark between the subject and the sun. If she does want the haze, then the setup is fine. It seems like in the edit, she's going more for the look in the picture I posted of Jackson.
I find the haze extremely difficult to work with. But I'm more of a clean edit kind of girl. Not that I can't appreciate hazy images. I do. Lisa Holloway recently did some hazy-ish images that I adored. I just don't like to edit that way myself.
I like your first picture/play but I think the blacks are too strong. Maybe try to reduce the contrast a little?
I struggle with this also and wish I could give you some better advice!
I love your 2nd shot with the vertical crop!