Wednesday 23 June 2010

Weddings in Chatham, Kent

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A selection of images from Josie and Ed's wedding, photographed on Saturday at St Margaret's Church, Rochester and The Commissioner's House, Chatham. Please check out their online wedding gallery.

HDR (-2, 0, +2), f/4, ISO 100, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Exposing for the building would have blown out the sky. Time for an HDR shot.

1/640, f/1.8, ISO 200, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

The main man. Photographed under open shade to remove unpleasant toplight.

1/5000, f/2, ISO 400, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

The lovely shallow depth of field afforded by Canon's 'definitive portraiture lens' (to quote Canon).

1/640, f/4, ISO 200, 0 EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Putting the wind to good use.

1/200, f/1.4, ISO 800, 1 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

The vicar was very relaxed and friendly but he did keep moving his prayer book continually up and down - which had me continually moving up and down in response to try and minimise its impact on my shots. Notice the positive exposure compensation (EC) to compensate for the bright background.

1/400, f/1.2, ISO 800, ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

No prayer book - hurrah!

1/160, f/1.8, ISO 800, 1 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

1/160, f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1 EV, ²⁄₃ FEC, 35mm f/1.4L

This is when having a big diffuser in your kit bag, such as the Lastolite micro Apollo, is very useful. The window behind them was overwhelming any reflected natural light falling on their faces and hence flash was required. There were no convenient surfaces to bounce flash off so it had to go forwards. Without a diffuser the light would have been unpleasantly harsh.

1/80, f/2, ISO 640, ²⁄₃ EV, 35mm f/1.4L

Beautifully soft light is being provided by the church's main window. The quantity of light was low but the quality of light was high. I had to convince the verger to turn off the tungsten lights in the church. I heard him muttering, "Don't know why he's taking photos in here - it's too dark!"

1/60, f/2.2, ISO 800, ²⁄₃ EV, 35mm f/1.4L

1/50, f/1.6, ISO 1600, 1 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

And now shooting with the key light behind them for a lovely rim-lighting effect.

1/640, f/2.8, ISO 100, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

The clouds cleared and the sun shone ferociously for the group shots. Fortunately there's a lovely spot in the gardens of the Commissioner's House which is shaded by a big tree.

1/640, f/2, ISO 100, 1 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

Shooting with the key light behind them again. The EC ensures that they're adequately exposed. I can normally guess how much is required, but I always check my LCD to ensure I've not got it completely wrong.

1/400, f/2.5, ISO 100, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

1/3200, f/1.2, ISO 100, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Shooting at f/1.2 is great fun. Chromatic aberration can be a risk in direct sunlight but it's not a problem in the shade.

1/500, f/2, ISO 100, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

1/250, f/1.8, ISO 100, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

1/200, f/2.5, ISO 640, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

I positioned them in a lovely pool of window light.

1/125, f/2.8, ISO 1000, 1 EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

When shooting in a marquee you'll generally always need to overexpose.

1/400, f/2.2, ISO 1000, ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Comments or queries welcome as ever.

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1 comment:

Margot said...

Beautiful photos, very natural, I love especially those b&w images.