Tuesday 23 November 2010

Photos in The Secret Gardens, Sandwich

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Part II of a selection of images from Jenny and Paul's wedding on Saturday in Sandwich. Please check out their wedding gallery or this non-Flash based gallery.

1/80, f/7.1, ISO 1000, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 23mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Since the light was beginning to fail we got stuck into the group shots as soon as we arrived at The Bell Hotel. Since I'm standing very close to them I've stopped the aperture right down to ensure that they're all in focus.

1/320, f/1.4, ISO 200, ‒ ⅓ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

We then had a quick wander through the lovely streets of Sandwich...

1/400, f/2, ISO 400, ‒ ⅓ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

...with frequent respites...

1/320, f/2, ISO 400, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

...and a support team in attendance.

1/200, f/1.4, ISO 160, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

At the entrance of The Salutation.

1/200, f/2, ISO 320, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

1/500, f/1.4, ISO 250, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

The light was absolutely stunning.

1/160, f/3.2, ISO 250, 0 EV, -1 FEC, 35mm f/1.4L

I placed a 580EX II behind them and triggered it with PocketWizards.

1/100, f/2.8, ISO 1000, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 200mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

All natural light. The quantity was low but the quality was very high.

1/250, f/2.8, ISO 1000, 0 EV, 135mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

Elegantly done - when boys do this it just looks crass!

1/160, f/2.8, ISO 1000, 0 EV, 125mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

1/200, f/2.8, ISO 1000, ‒ ⅓ EV, 150mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

1/160, f/4, ISO 200, 0 EV, -1 FEC, 27mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

I underexposed the ambient light by a stop or so and backlit them with the Speedlite/PW combo.

1/60, f/2.8, ISO 400, ‒ ⅓ EV, 200mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

1/80, f/2.8, ISO 2500, 1 ⅓ EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

The Regency Room in The Bell Hotel. Notice the positive exposure compensation.

1/80, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 0 EV, 0 FEC, 17mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Flash was bounced off the wall facing them. If you look closely you'll see that Paul has just trodden on Jenny's dress!

1/80, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 0 EV, o FEC, 17mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Jenny stumbled but was caught by Paul. The crowd let out a collective gasp.

1/80, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 0 EV, 0 FEC, 17mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

And now at a safe arm's length.

1/30, f/2.8, ISO 2000, ⅓ EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

At this point I went home for my dinner and to recharge my batteries.

1/80, f/2.5, ISO 2000, 0 EV, o FEC, 35mm f/1.4L

The evening reception. The bar was very crowded which made shooting challenging. I was bouncing flash and triggering it with PWs. This allowed me to hold the Speedlite in my left hand and direct it precisely where it was required.

1/125, f/5, ISO 400, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

This is quite a popular technique but I'd never tried it before. My photography chum Chris Williamson, however, is a master at it and the following is based upon his technique which he kindly shared with me. The two Speedlites in the shot are attached to PocketWizard flexTT5s - they're in manual mode and set to 1/32 power. On camera is a miniTT1 PW, attached to which is an off camera shoe cord leading to a third 580EX II on a flash bracket and softened with a Lastolite mico Apollo diffuser. This Speedlite is in master and E-TTL modes but was directed not to fire in the shot above - though its AF assist beam was essential for focusing. The camera is set to manual mode. An aperture of f/5 or greater (ie stopped down) is required to achieve the starburst effect.

1/80, f/8, ISO 800, -1 FEC, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Now I've instructed the on camera flash to fire but used flash exposure compensation of -1 stop. The flash units behind remain in manual mode at 1/32 power.

1/80, f/8, ISO 800, -1 FEC, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Even though the rear flash units are not visible in this shot they provide some nice rim lighting and add a bit more drama than is possible with front lighting only.

Any comments or queries are more than welcome.

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