Friday 2 April 2010

On the beach (for a Kent wedding)

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A selection of photos from Susannah and Paul's wedding, photographed at Deal Town Hall, beach and pier on Wednesday. Please check out their wedding gallery.

1/40, f/4, ISO 1000, ‒ ⅓ EV, 35mm f/1.4L

The polished surface of a grand piano made a nice background for a shot of the rings.

1/250, f/2.8, ISO 1000, ⅓ EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Deal has a very fine town hall.

1/250, f/2.2, ISO 640, ‒ ⅓ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

1/100, f/2.8, ISO 800, 0 EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/100, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 0 EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/250, f/2.8, ISO 320, ‒ 1 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Negative exposure compensation (EC) deals with the predominantly dark tones.

1/2500, f/1.2, ISO 100, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Wandering from the town hall to the beach.

1/2000, f/1.6, ISO 100, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 50, ‒ ⅓ EV, 200mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

1/200, f/14, ISO 50, 0 EV, -1 FEC, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

With such a dramatic sky it was the ideal opportunity to use my new Pocket Wizards.

For the above shot I put the camera into manual mode and set the shutter speed to the X-sync speed (in the case of the 5D Mark II - 1/200). This gives you access to your flash unit's maximum power output whilst minimising ambient light. Once the flash unit uses FP-mode the power output drops to 1/3.

5D Mark II's without a sluggish shutter can sync at 1/250 and 1/320 with PW's hyper-sync mode but it doesn't work with my set-up.

I set the ISO to 50 and then tuned the aperture to give an effect that I liked. It started looking interesting from f/11 but I plumped for f/14.

I also dialled in -1 stop of flash exposure compensation due to the predominant dark tones in the background. Canon's E-TTL II algorithm often struggles in this situation.

1/200, f/14, ISO 50, 0 EV, 0 FEC, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/800, f/3.2, ISO 100, ²⁄₃ EV, 23mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Susannah and Paul were fabulous fun and up for everything - check out their beach-exiting strategy!

1/2000, f/1.4, ISO 50, 0 EV, 35mm, 35mm f/1.4L

HDR (-2,0,+2) , f/8, ISO 400, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

A sky like this is begging for the HDR treatment.

1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 400, ‒ ⅓ EV, 27mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Before leaving for the wedding I twittered that we might need to rope down the bride!

Comments and queries welcome as ever.

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