This photo wasn't a "pre-visualized" shot and required stealing the bride and groom away from the reception party for a bout 5 minutes. We only had 5-minutes because we didn't want to disturb the party. When we saw this little gazebo, we just had to shoot them.
Sun was setting, The band had actually arrived in a 1937 Buick and the bride really wanted a cool vintage looking shot from the day. So I asked the band if we could borrow their car and I set to work to create a little more unique (one without just straight flare) photo for my couple. I knew the front needed to be highlighted so I set one flash out front and then also used a second to light the couple and bring them into the photo as a focal point.
picture was taken on a very cloudy day with lots of rain...we had just 30minutes to take these pictures
setup front right sb910 with elinchrom deep octa (conversion to take sb) then behind the couple on the ground second sb910 with garry fong sfere
f8 and 1/125 iso200
The wedding was in October and we've had to wait to be ablle to make some pictures in outdoor !
The place : a pontoon on a Normandy beach.
A bare Canon 580 EX with a Flex TT5 was used for the main light. It was on a 7' lightstand handled by my favorite VALS (Voice Activated Light Stand :) ).
A Mini TT1 and an AC-3 was used to control the flash power remotely.
Photo Taken May 17th, 2013
I exposed for the outside of the car and set the flash controls manually using the AC3 System. Camera was a Nikon D800 with a Mini TT1 and AC3 on camera. Flex TT5 combined with an SB-910 positioned on the floor of the back seat aimed at the back of the front seats so the tan coloring of the seats cast an amber hue on the couple kissing. By bouncing the flash it also eliminated any hot spots on the couple's face as well.
My assistant was holding a speedlight Sb600 with a PocketWizard FlexTT5 hidding in the bushes with spiders and snakes! I took the photo from the front at 10 mts distance. Nikon D7000, 35 mm (18-55 mm) f 4.5 ISO 250
A late night shoot and the bride wanted to just get a couple more photos. I saw this truck and I knew the only way this was going to happen in the pitch black was with multiple flash units. I hooked up the Pocket Wizard on Camera with one to the back right side of the picture and managed to get a pretty cool shot. this was on an island with almost no illumination. I had to manual focus and pretty much guess on the focus.
Keerthi and Varun hired me to take their wedding pictures. So I met them one evening and I got an idea for an intimate portrait. I let the bride sit on the grooms lap in the driver seat of their SUV. My assistant held a YN-560 flash to the left of the frame so only part of their faces are illuminated. I triggered the flash with a Pocket Wizard Plus III and came up with this.
Flashes used: two SB-900'a shot on a Nikon D4 with 35mm lens. I placed one SB-900 with a Pocket Wizard Plus III attached in each bathroom. One behind the bride and one behind the groom. I zoomed the flash heads to 200 to limit flash direction and backlit each of them. I also had a flash on camera set at very little power for a little fill but mostly for the focus assist since it was dark.
I finally had a minute to sit down and have some food. I just happen to look over at the bathroom (which I had used that day but never even gave the "heads" a second thought.) After taking a second to "soak" them in I said to myself "there's a photo in there". I didn't even give myself and assistant time to eat. I immediately said get two flashes and two wizards and meet me at the bathroom. He gave me a look of "your joking, can I eat?" I think I said something like "no, I have an idea. Sick image!!" So after some trial
As I was looking for a place out side of the church I looked back at the doors and saw this shot in my head. I had the maid of honor with me so I gave her a flash and had her hold it just on the left side of the inside of the door.
Flash @ 1/4
I was using Canon T3i lens canon 18-200is with mini TT1 and using 3 TT5, my attendees were 2 behind the cuple and one at 45°. I use canon 580ex over mini TT1 with flash option turned off, and the one TT5 on my left was chanel A and the two behind chanel B, I made ratio compensation 1/2 to power the chanel B, and voiila there is the photo.
the flashes used were 430exII I did use pocketwizard system because they alow me to make more interesting situations and no traditional setups in the fly, where I have the pleasure to work only in the position and the photo, no time to waste in calibrate settings in manual flash and proper distances.
The brides heart was set on a sparkler departure and due to rain the opted out. We had about 5 minutes to grab a few quick shots and asked them to briefly step out into the rain. (with a bare OCF side lighting)
An outdoor wedding was caught with an unexpected storm weather. The couple was a little disappointed, for it was not on the weather report prior to the day. I grabbed two PocketWizards & Speedlites and said to them that let's us accept the rain and work with it, stress free. I placed a PocketWizard 15 ft. facing me for the rain to pop and had the groom hold another flash facing the umbrella and FIRED! I told them ignore me and talk to each other and I caught a kissing moment, which I came up with the name "Kissing In The Rain."
Bride and groom stood at end of jetty leading into sea at Abersoch, North Wales. Single Nikon SB-900 on stand attached to a Flex TT5 level with camera and to camera-left, triggered from D800 also by a Flex TT5
Not much time for portraits during this wedding. I found an open area with a clean background. Put the sun behind them, shot with Canon 1D Mark IV with Mini TT1, my assistant held a Alien Bee Einstein & Pocket Wizard Power Mc2 on a mono pod with vagabond battery pack to keep things portable.
Behind the couple is a TT5 with a SB900 on a small light stand. Infront of the couple is another TT5 with a SB900 on another light stand. On camera (D4) is a TT1 and AC3.
1/125 sec f/3.3 ISO 560 shot at 14mm (14-24mm /f2.8)
Photo was taken by Lauren & David Han on May 4, 2013 at the Four Seasons Toronto
We can provide an unwatermarked image if chosen
1x 580ex on Manfrotto 5001b stand on the other side of the couple. I shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark I and PW Flex TT1 trigger + AC3 control unit. The image was shot with AV (EV-1 1/3). The AC3 was set so that the flash is power down to ~-2.
EOS5DmkII with 70-200mm f2.8, 2 off camera 580EX's one on tripod one in a friends hands to smoothly adjust angles. All shoots taken early morning (from 6 to 8 am), when the light comes from not commonly seen side of the main streen in old town. Had to counter it with 2 flashes if i wanted to keep pavement shining!
Canon 5Dmk3, 70-200L 2,8. Profoto 600r (built in PW), Pocket Wizard plusII Transceiver.
Bridegroom stood on a ladder with Profoto to light up our bride and I shot with Tele from 60 yards away to pull in the Alps in the background