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Backlit

By JamesAppleton  
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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

Tags: Fashion Wedding and social Landscape and travel Portraits and people Night and low light

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JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
19 Feb 2010 7:13PM
Ah... forgot to say - go large!

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dathersmith 9 550 12 England
19 Feb 2010 7:33PM
Well handled shot, like it.

Darren.
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
19 Feb 2010 10:06PM
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.
HectorRivera 9 17 1 United States
19 Feb 2010 10:28PM
Excellent image
Rapido57 6 1 England
19 Feb 2010 10:37PM
Excellent photograph, well worth the effort that you put in. Am sure that the happy couple love it.

Paul
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
19 Feb 2010 11:30PM
Excellent take on marriage James. Congratulations on your portfolio win in Wanderlust. Ron.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
20 Feb 2010 7:02AM
i wondered if yiu were going to share any of these when you mentioned the wedding.youve got something very different.lesley
JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
20 Feb 2010 1:07PM
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
JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
20 Feb 2010 5:21PM
HC? Nice one, however that happened!!?
Dennis_Bromage 9 45 20 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 6:31PM
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
Geraint 10 715 34 Wales
20 Feb 2010 6:47PM
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.
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
21 Feb 2010 11:11AM
Just came back for another look James and spotted the HC, well deserved it is too.

Darren.

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