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Bonesman August 14, 2016
Caught my pleasing eye.
 
heikecoday November 08, 2016
I very much like your image! There's just one thing that keeps bugging me. What is that where her left leg should be?
diane_wick November 16, 2016
Yeah, that was bothering me too.
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Elmer-Laahne November 21, 2016
Well folks, Its there, underneath her dress.. ;-)
 
deannagreenburg May 29, 2018
Fun shot!!

Flying Bride



(C) Elmer Laahne 2016. www.laahne.com
(C) Elmer Laahne 2016. www.laahne.com
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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at Hemsedal in Hallingdalen, Norway. August 8, 2016. Went for a "somewhat special" wedding concept..!
Time
Shot just before mid day, overcast light, slightly cloudy, calm winds but rather cold. Around 11am local time.
Lighting
Yes. In addition to the soft natural light. I used a twin set Broncolor studio flash set, with large soft boxes. Since this shot was an outdoor shot, and electric power was not present. I instead used a high powered battery pack that had a 220 volts output, this from four sockets. This particular battery pack gave me at least 300 full power flashes, before the battery "died". Excellent for this particular gig I must say.. Due to the somewhat windy conditions we did have to use sand bags to hold the tripod mounds steady - thereby keeping the flashes safely grounded.. Some challenges from time to time as always, but as a professional - I - like most, have learned to construct anything needed "on the fly."
Equipment
The camera is a Canon 5d Mark II, with a 50 mm Canon lens f. stop 1.2 And of course a sturdy and heavy Gitzo tripod. The tripod use in this setting, You see, was imperative! As the post process handling really demanded it. First I located a suitable location for the shoot, with the Bridal Couples history in mind I then found their perfect backdrop - in their favorite landscape. I Shot the scene "clean" as in: First without people in the frame. So, as I left the tripod at the exact locked position, My Assistant and I placed the happy couple in the ultimate position. We used Helium gas to fill the balloons, so they would "Float Away Beautifully".. We will keep most secrets to ourselves of course, but we will reveal some of the technicalities for You: Metal, fabrics, stairs and body work were involved. We did do a lot of takes to make this work though!! Like getting the wind to take hold of the dress, not kill the balloons and so on and so forth...
Inspiration
Well, the framed happy couple really wanted something other than the usual mondane wedding photo settings. All because of their amazing journey towards This Moment In Time... How could I possibly say no? This I just knew would be Great Fun !! Another chance to really go out on a limb, go all in and to be completely free in My creativity :-) I do need to thank my awesome, beautiful and very creative wife and B-photo Assistant Pia Jacobsen Laahne for her splendid contribution on ideas and the choreography used in this photo session, I could never have done this without my Pia -My Personal Force of Nature-.. Thanks a million Honey..
Editing
Yes it was a bit of a workout actually. Masking out props, removing ....... and .........., I also layered in a more majestic, pleasant and suitable sky. . This Photo had to be a Fairy tale in every way... So both Theme, Technical Lay Out and Final Presentation was to bundle all their luck meeting each other, the happiness and all finally passed obstacles.... A Perfect Fairy Tale, as above mentioned!
In my camera bag
Canon 5d Mark II, Extra batteries, Charger. Lenses: 70-200 mm, 50 mm, 24-70 mm, tripods ,remote cables, lights, and polarizing ND Filters (32ND and lower) For those long shutter shots. Small Reflectors, Extra Camera Blitz with Attachable Softbox. CF Cards Duck Tape, Strips, Tools, Hand held GPS, Strong Compact Hi-Energy Waterproof and Ajustable Flashlight ... ALWAYS PACKS OF QUICKLY DRIED FOOD, VITAMINS AND MINERALS, ENERGY BARS, SALT & ELECTROLYTES FOR WATER (DEHYDRATION) SMALL CAMP KITCHEN, PURIFYING WATER TABLETS AND BAND AIDS!!!
Feedback
Practice Practice Practice and Practice... When You finally feel skilled at this craft... Go out and ........ Yes, Practice some more!!!! I say this because after more than 25 years and about 80 countries practicing the skills of Photography, I´m still learning..

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