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I snapped this action shot with my iPhone as I watched Josh, the hired wedding photographer, pose Lacey and the groomsmen in the pre-wedding shoot at the wedding of Matt DeGeest and Lacey Johnson last weekend. I missed hearing the concept behind this shot so you'll have to impose your own interpretation on the scene.
iPhone 5s 1/30s f/2.2 ISO100 4.12mm (35mm eq:30mm)
(Oops! Those who subscribe through email are getting 2 posts today, January 18. It was supposed to auto-post yesterday but I put the wrong date in. Am I losing touch with reality? But like the things you see here, I've concluded that calendars aren't real either.)
My nephew Matt DeGeest married Lacey Johnson last Saturday and I went not as a photographer but as an uncle. But as I watched the "real" photographer at work, I couldn't help but get my camera out of the bag and take a few candid photos of the wedding party. As a photographer I am much more comfortable as an observer and when I and my camera are not the center of attention. Maybe thats why I like taking photos of landscapes and nature so much: the land and nature could not care less about me.
Canon 5DIII 1/80s f/3.2 ISO1600 75mm
This is a candid shot of a family photo that Brian and Katie's wedding photographers were organizing. That's why no one is looking at me. I love the light and the soft colors in this photo. The light is late afternoon ambient light sifting in through the east windows on the 22nd floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. The people pictured are a few of the many Rausch's that inhabitant our new world. (Thats Katie and Brian in the middle of the group.)
Canon 5DII 1/50s f/5.0 ISO1600 17mm
Here's one more from Katie and Brian's wedding - this time from the reception dance. The reception was on the 22nd floor of the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul, MN, and, as you can see, the view was spectacular.
For those interested in technicalities, I was able to get a proper exposure of both the foreground and the background using flash by setting the camera to "aperture priority." On most cameras, that's Av. The camera then sets the shutter speed to expose the whole photo, including the background. Check out the exposure information below and you'll see that the shutter speed is very slow - but the flash freezes the action. Pretty cool. It still takes a steady hand or a tripod to keep the background lights sharp. In this case, I'm standing on a chair using a steady hand and a lens with image stabilization, which is also cool.
Canon 5DII 1/10s f/4.0 ISO800 17mm
These "stars" were four of the six bride's maids at Katie and Brian's wedding. This photo wasn't my idea and I was skeptical about getting a good shot. The sanctuary was fairly dark and I thought it would be hard to get details in the faces without washing out the beautiful colors in the stained glass and the flowers and dresses. But I was wrong. This photo was very rushed and I wish now that we had found the other bride's maids.
Incidentally, the colors that Katie picked for her wedding were brown and purple. "Brown and purple?" you ask. Just look. It was a great combination. Katie has a good eye and good taste. That comment may seem self serving since she also married our son!
Canon 5DII 1/60s f/2.8 ISO2000 115mm
It is the day after the Big Event and I am tired but happy. We enjoyed every thing about the day, including Brian and Katie's first dance in their life as a married couple.
By Scott Shephard
I was asked to do candid photography for a wedding in Minnesota. At one point well before the ceremony, the bride and groom cleared the sanctuary and shared a few private moments.
No one, not even the candid photographer, was allowed inside. A paparazzi would have barged in and snapped a few shots. Instead, I bent down and took a few shots through the frosted glass of the sanctuary door. "Fogged" and "out of focus" may describe this photo. But I prefer "ethereal" and "soft."
By Scott Shephard
This time I'm wandering the streets of Dubrovnik when I encounter this photo opportunity. I've concluded that some weddings are planned around the photography and not the vows. Is that cynical?
By Scott Shephard
Here's one more from Caitlin and Jordan's wedding. The entire wedding party was wearing black and white tennis shoes and when I asked to get a close-up shot of the bride's shoes, the photo turned in to this spontaneous grouping. What I liked about taking photos at Caitlin's wedding was that little seemed to be staged and that Caitlin was very comfortable about how things went at her wedding. I would say that this is very unusual for a modern wedding. And it was refreshing.
Two days of wedding pictures? I guess so. I don't shoot many weddings but how could I say "No" when charming Caitlin asked me to shoot informal photos at her wedding?
I converted this photo to sepia but there was a lot of color at Caitlin and Landon's wedding. For more photos, click here.