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Treecy August 23, 2016
Very pretty. Lighting is great
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adavies January 31, 2017
Great image! Beautifully captured! Love the energy! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Outdoor Events challenge:)
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Won Contest Finalist in Night Weddings Photo ContestFebruary, 2018
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Behind The Lens

Location
Outside of the Cleveland Arcade Hyatt Hotel
Time
This was just before 11pm on a late August evening.
Lighting
This was my first sparkler exit and I learned about it 30 minutes before they were going to do it. Just as the party was winding down they sent the remaining 75-100, slightly tipsy guest outside with sparklers and no instructions. I quickly lined them up but did not to light them yet. I set my exposure and flash manually so that with no sparklers I was 1/3 to 1/2 stop under exposed. With the sparklers lit the couple exited and I tried to get flash to light the couple's faces while not getting too much extra spill over the crowd.
Equipment
Nikon D800 (I think), Yougnuo 560 flash with a Rouge Flash Bender
Inspiration
Give my clients what they want, even under the most challenging situations.
Editing
This was processed in Lightroom 5.1 with a lot of curves adjustment to drop the darks and bring up the shadows along with adding some clarity.
In my camera bag
Since I'm usually a people/portrait photographer, I like a lot of long, fast lens. For weddings, for example, I carry two camera bodies a Nikon D7000 and a D800. I usually have a Tameron 24-70mm f2.8, a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 and two prime lenses, a Nikon 50mm f1.8, and a Nikon 85mm f1.8. Since I like to make my own atmosphere with lighting, I carry three speedlights with different modifiers. Of course, when I'm in the studio my options are only limited by what I can get my hands on!
Feedback
I thought this was a hard shot since I'd never tried it before. With such short notice and no time to practice I can only credit knowing my equipment for being able to deliver the shot on the first try. So my advice would be whenever possible, practice shots that are outside of the norm, especially when your clients are looking for those special images. If they don't give you much time, like in this case, know your equipment and know it well!

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