johnwood
johnwood

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Photo taken at the Ariss Golf club, Ontario

Photo taken at the Ariss Golf club, Ontario
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rigography
 
rigography August 02, 2016
Hi! Fanatstic photo. Just curious, where is your flash positioned? The lighting seems to suggest its really close to the couple, but I'm guessing it was hidden somehow? Awesome job!
dciphoto-videoisaaccouce
 
dciphoto-videoisaaccouce September 03, 2016
Beautiful
johnwood
johnwood October 07, 2016
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johnwood
johnwood October 07, 2016
Thank you
CharShutter PRO
 
CharShutter October 07, 2016
Wow!!!
Byronfairphotography PRO
 
Byronfairphotography October 10, 2016
Very cool, Outstanding capture
johnwood
johnwood October 11, 2016
thank you very much...your thoughts and replies are appreciated
Smert
 
Smert August 31, 2017
Beautiful lighting
immaginEmozioni
 
Wonderful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was created at the Ariss Valley golf and country club in Guelph Ontario Canada.
Time
It was later evening around 8:30 to 8:45 pm
Lighting
Most of the lighting was supplied by nature and the golf club management. The sky was clearing after a down pour with the clouds were dispersing allowing the rich twilight blues to come through, most of the time things seem to ride on intuition for me. In these situations there is little time to work. The camera was set to an ISO of around 1200 so I could still hand hold it at around 1/50th of a second at f4, but best to experiment with that. The picture was taken low to the ground emphasizing the stature of the scene, and the wet reflection of the soaked wood of the board walk.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D750 hand held, with a Speedlight and light stand to the left of the couple, with a small beauty bowl and a warming filter. It was wirelessly slaved with a flash trigger system. I used a Sigma 35 mm 1.4 wide angle set at f4 to capture the scene.
Inspiration
I had some time to relax and I went out side after a down pour. At this time I new the wedding couple were pretty much tired of formal picture taking, but when I saw how the night sky was darkeninging with the deep blue and with the incandescent Christmas lights draped around the gazebo, well I new this was going to be a great picture opportunity. some how I had to get the bridal couple to leave the fun. It didn't take much to ask a near by couple to pose when we saw the drama unfolding. I showed the photo to the bride and groom they knew this would be good memory for them. People don't always see your vision at first so its important to communicate your ideas even if you are not a 100% sure, showing your enthusiasm is contagious and learning to trust your intuition can be a very powerful tool in making dramatic images.
Editing
I always want to get back what I originally saw and have some fun improving on it. I took a few frames and used parts from the series taken. There was a total of five or six depending on the posses to create good a pool of images. Images of the gazebo by itself, the sky and a few with the couple and the flash set-up. By doing this I could easily remove the flash and light stand very quickly, then later added some enhancements like color saturation, dynamic range, sharpening and blurring to the overall scene. With some experience this becomes an automatic response to many potential situations, that with a little observation and planning can be fairly easily created in post possessing. But like anything practice make perfect.
In my camera bag
For any event I would always have two camera bodies. Some lenses would be like a 35mm, 70/200 and a 20mm wide angle. I like to using prime lens when ever possible for great quality...I can be the zoom. A tri-pod, and a couple of extra lite tri-pods can use as adjustable light stands for more rugged terrain. A small swatch of light correction gels, two or more speed lights with modifiers and some radio slaves.
Feedback
If you are not that familiar learn how to use off camera flash in your photography. I use to go to book stores like Chapters, now you can just go on line were there are lots of free tutorials or paid courses. There's a great advantage to enhancing your photography by controlling the low ambient light or back light with flash. I would suggest investing in a speed light and light stand. Learn how to use commander mode or radio slaves and spend some time working through your camera and flash manual, or tutorials. I found so much inspiration from ViewBug looking at other photographers work and getting ideas, what was that they say? imitation is the highest form of flattery. Keep at it and it becomes your own.

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