The couple are friends of my next door neighbors, and just immigrated from Bosnia (also my neighbors' homeland) a couple months ago. In fact, the groom's English was still spotty enough that his bride had to translate the vows for him as the judge gave them. The fact that they wanted to get married here in their new country was touching. Over the years, we've gotten to know a good number of the Bosnian immigrants in our town, and they're wonderful people.
|Ambient light: 10mm, ISO 1600, f/3.5, 1/30s
I did strap a "black foamie thing" around the front edge of my flash to shield it from directly hitting my subjects. I wanted all of the light to be diffused off the ceiling. A little bit of direct fill would have bee nice, but spill from a bounced flash is never uniform across the frame and always looks bad.
Canon 7D at ISO 800 and my 430EX flash on auto TTL. Aperture was generally f/5.6 in order to keep everyone in focus. The dark room made for higher flash recycle times than I'd have liked, and I therefore missed a few candid moments that I would have liked to capture. I think a more powerful flash (1/2 power recycle times are much faster than full power) as well as a higher ISO would be in order next time. Normally, I wouldn't use a flash during a wedding ceremony, but this one was more low key than most, so I opted to avoid the sensor noise that ISO 3200 would have introduced.
I shot most the ceremony with my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 macro lens--the older variety from 2007. The newer version is f/4 at 70mm, is optically stabilized, and has a faster focusing motor -- all of which would have improved the situation that afternoon and reduced my postprocessing time. I've been wanting to upgrade my walkaround lens for some time now, and events like this only push me farther down that path. If only it was a constant f/2.8 at the long end, I'd be in heaven.
|Nikon Nikkor 135mm f/2.8, wide open
Anyway, that's about all I've got to share today. No great pearls of wisdom--just a couple notes on how I spent my week. I hope those of you in the USA are enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend (and that the rest of you are enjoying your fourth weekend of November). I certainly have loved the family time so far. God has blessed me far beyond what I deserve, and I don't ever want to take that for granted.
As always, if you've got any comments or suggestions, I'd always love to hear them. Speak up below.