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Couple newly married shot on a wide grass lawn, with an isolated tree spotlit behind the couple by a halogen floodlight mounted in the branches. This was enough to provide enough light at f/1.8 to rimlight the couple, but not enough to fill in any detail from the bounced light, so I positioned a remote operated flash on the ground behind the couple, set to 1/32 which was enough to add to the rimlight but also bounce and reveal some of the detail in their facial expressions.

I think I over-rotated slightly, and the angle is a little extreme perhaps but it seemed to work at the time with the tree branch angle, and if I remember rightly any other/less rotation and flare/floodlight crept in and produced an unfortunate extra distraction.

I'd love to know what you guys think - it was a fairly challenging shot on the grounds of the light levels and trying to get the positioning, timing and stop the couple getting bored and cold (this was last weekend in Scotland on a clear night - must have been minus three or four at least!)

Cheers

J

Camera:Canon EOS 5Dmkii
Lens:Canon 50mm f/1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Backlit
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:19 Feb 2010 - 6:50 PM
Tags:Fashion, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Portraits / people, Wedding / social
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JamesAppleton
19 Feb 2010 - 7:13 PM

Ah... forgot to say - go large!

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dathersmith
dathersmith e2 Member 7544 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 7:33 PM

Well handled shot, like it.

Darren.

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Jestertheclown
19 Feb 2010 - 10:06 PM

That's a lot of work to put in on a wedding shot. Not many people would even think of taking that much trouble and full marks to the happy couple for working with you and being so patient on their big day.
I'm glad to say, it all appears to have been worth the effort.
This is a brilliant shot and one I'm sure they'll remember.
Jester.

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HectorRivera
HectorRivera e2 Member 6HectorRivera vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 10:28 PM

Excellent image

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Rapido57
Rapido57  4 England
19 Feb 2010 - 10:37 PM

Excellent photograph, well worth the effort that you put in. Am sure that the happy couple love it.

Paul

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 11:30 PM

Excellent take on marriage James. Congratulations on your portfolio win in Wanderlust. Ron.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 7:02 AM

i wondered if yiu were going to share any of these when you mentioned the wedding.youve got something very different.lesley

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JamesAppleton
20 Feb 2010 - 1:07 PM

Hi guys,

Jester - I like to put in shots that have some effort behind them - I spend the rest of the time shooting reportage and keeping a low profile, so it's good to spend a bit of time and get some really quality shots. Plus it takes the B+G out from the wedding for a while, and gives them a chance to enjoy some time together, whilst I get the shot right!

Ron - Thanks, though it's a very frustrating case of so near yet so far... £5k...! If only....

Lesly - I'll be posting more like this over the next few days / weeks out of my wedding portfolio, try and show a different side to my photography!

Cheers

J

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JamesAppleton
20 Feb 2010 - 5:21 PM

HC? Nice one, however that happened!!?

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Dennis_Bromage
20 Feb 2010 - 6:31 PM

Loved this when you showed me it on the back of the camera. Have to say it was equally as good in colour too actually. I'm sure the happy couple will be well chuffed when they see it. One for their wall maybe Smile
Den

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 6:47 PM

Now this is special. The backlight and choice of aperture complement each other beautifully - a lovely contrast between the sharp b&g and oof background.

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dathersmith e2 Member 7544 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 11:11 AM

Just came back for another look James and spotted the HC, well deserved it is too.

Darren.

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