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Under the arch



A magical winter wedding at Clearwell castle in Gloucestershire. The bride and groom escaped in the evening for a few minutes alone. I brought them down to the ...
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A magical winter wedding at Clearwell castle in Gloucestershire. The bride and groom escaped in the evening for a few minutes alone. I brought them down to the entrance arch way of the castle grounds which was beautifully lit with the light above. I added a flash to back light, which wrapped them beautifully and caught the foggy mist behind them.
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michelleroose
 
michelleroose March 12, 2016
What a great capture! Totally breathtaking!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 14, 2016
Beautiful! Congrats.
charlena PRO+
 
charlena March 14, 2016
What a capture!!
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charlena March 14, 2016
What a capture!!
photosbyliesa
 
photosbyliesa June 17, 2016
Beautiful shot! :)
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loved2030 March 02, 2017
Beautiful
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sergeyparfeniuk March 18, 2017
Great Beauty
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Tamlynn August 21, 2018
Wow! That’s stunning
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kimsomreknelson October 03, 2018
This is BEAUTIFUL
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2216_6645 Jan 28
Beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a real wedding in Gloucestershire, UK. It was a winter wedding mid Decemer so it was very cold and foggy all day as the castle was surrounded by Woodland.
Time
I had been waiting all day to take this photos. I had it in my head what i wanted to do and couldn't wait for it to get dark enough after the wedding breakfast to take the Bride & Groom down to the arch way for the photos. It was very cold so i knew i didn't want to keep the Bride out to long so i had this shot almost already set up.
Lighting
The light above was a little weak to light the couple significantly, but was just enough to fill in the roof. So i place a flash behind and strong enough so the light would slightly wrap around them but not flood the arch way.
Equipment
I had a Nikon D750 24-70mm a wireless controller and a single yongnuo flash on a stand just behind the couple.
Inspiration
I loved the Arch and the architecture of it, the stone walls white ceiling and wood beams it was just fantastic and I knew i had to get a photo with it. I had already discussed it with the couple who loved the idea. But when the flash went off and i saw the fog creating this glow around the new bride and groom i was actually gobsmacked!
Editing
I slightly adjusted the lights and darks and increased the vignetting to draw more focus in to the centre of the frame.
In my camera bag
The first thing i never go with out is my first ever prime lens. The nifty 50mm 1.8. I then have my 85mm 1.4 for portraits. a 105mm macro for the details and a 24-70 for everything in between. My main body is a D750 which i amazing in low light. I also have a few flashes and lots of cards and batteries as you can never have enough.
Feedback
If on a wedding shoot, the best thing you can do before is practice with your equipment and flashes, and plan your shot. Do you research for the venue and the kind of shots you want/can get. I knew there was this arch at the castle and i wanted to get a shot under it at night so i set up shots at home in the garden at night with my wife as the model and just kept trying different shots. In my picture there was a lantern above the couple so i exposed for that first and then dialled in the flash to where i thought would be enough, took a test shot and then adjusted again till i was happy.

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