Saturday, November 29, 2008

On the Beach (500th Post)


On Halloween, Mrs. New York Portraits and I went to Florida for a beach wedding. We left New York -- with daily high temperatures in the 40s -- for a room a few yards from the beach.

My task for the weekend was to photograph the wedding. (I'm hesitant to say that, because I'm not a wedding photographer, and I know a lot of wedding photographers, and they're not particularly happy when they hear you've taken a gig away from a full-time wedding photographer. It was a family thing, though, and besides -- taking pictures gives me something to do other than stand close to the open bar.)

So I did. The technical specs: just under 1300 shots (about 12 gigabytes of files), using cameras mounted with a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 and a Tamron 90mm f/2.8. Balanced beachy daylight with fill from my Metz 58 during the service, then at sunset the trick was to get seascape skies mixed with the flash -- without the flash looking like flash. Went fine.

The wedding rehearsal was scheduled on Halloween, and everyone -- bride, groom, guests and all -- came in costume. Maybe I'll be able to post a few of those soon. Until then: a casual snap of Mrs. New York Portraits in a kimono, waiting for the rehearsal.

4 comments:

Christography said...

Congrats on your 500th post! Thanks to you I just picked up this huge Winogrand book "Figments from the Real World". What a collection! You've totally opened my eyes to street photography. Thank you, and keep up the great work.

Ted Fisher said...

I'm going to write a post about Winogrand's lens choices coming up soon. If I remember right, there's a good essay in that book that discusses the way he used wide angle lenses to "place" the viewer right in the scene....

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Christography said...

I'll look for that essay, and yes, please do write about his lens choices. That would be quite interesting indeed.

bklynbiblio said...

This is a wonderful photo of Mrs. New York Portraits. Great job! And congrats on 500 postings!