yeah, sorry no pictures right now. I'm not to proud of them, I'll see what if I can come up with a few.
I didn't know if I was expiriencing something common or not.
thanks for reply
Common problem for the inexperienced.
1. Not calculating the ceiling to subject distance. If the venue had high ceilings, then bouncing won't work with light dispersal.
2. Neglecting the colour of the ceiling/surface bounced from - if you recall my assessment of the wooden ceiling in one of your previous wedding threads, the colour of the ceiling will affect the colour of the light bounced.
3. Potentially neglecting walls or other objects to bounce from that are nearer than the ceiling - the white shirt of a guest can quite easily act as a potential bounce surface! etc...
4. Hotshoe flash in portrait/vertical orientation will cast a harsh shadow on the right of the subject - this is down to the position of the strobe in relation to the lens. Easily overcome by off-camera flash or a flash bracket.
5. Not using gels to balance the strobe with the ambient light.
Hence I can't say I'm surprised.