4 second exposure
So many fun stories behind the shots. Thought we’d share this one in particular. Shot just before 11PM, we wanted to get the bride and groom out on the dock, which was reasonably lit by some solar lanterns. Actually, the dock and some of its features were finished just before the wedding at this historic resort. The new wood smelled wonderful… Not to digress – Megan and Jon had been great sports with our shooting all day. This included wading in a waterfall, hanging out of moving vehicles, and kissing for long periods of time – you know, the usual… When we got away from the party in the tents, past the high-centered & stuck tour bus, through a maze of euphoric guests and finally down to the dock – the stars were amazing. We had them hold their poses (and their breath) for some 4 second exposures while we used a spare strobe as a tripod. The camera was set for a 2-sec delay, with a relatively open aperture, moderate ISO, and with an ultra-wide Nikkor lens. Lots of challenges in a short amount of time (bride & groom priority isn’t on photos, but on wedding guests & dancing!) and one of the challenges was how to focus on two dark subjects, under a dark sky. iPhone & assistant Louisa to the rescue who held the lit phone in the same plane as the bride & groom, allowing an easy focus lock. The shot below is an out-take and the result of an ultra-sensitive shutter release. Oops. A final version below that. Both are un-edited. Gorgeous couple. Highlights soon.