Experimenting on a Bride and a Groom
A couple of weeks ago I showed you some of the photos I took at a wedding I photographed in October, here is a link back if you would like to look again, or see for the first time, With this Ring. I was pretty certain after I did the photos that I would want to do more things to the images, and experiment more with them.
One of the concerns the couple had, was that while they liked my work, they didn’t want the wedding images to be too dark. I knew that was going to be a challenge, so I have been playing and trying some new things I have seen and worked out. So today I thought I would show you those images.
I worked on this one a lot. I hope it looks a lot better than the original one. I didn’t show the original the first time, so you will have to take my word for it, and I know the couple loved it.
I also used the images with them to make my first composite. Before the wedding, I met them, we wandered around where they wanted their images, and had planned everything, so we thought. Then a week before the wedding, we found out the Melbourne Marathon would be on the same day, and all those places we were going to photograph would be a “no go” zone for us. We had to think quickly. We decided on the other end of the city, but there was no opportunity to get in there to check it out and see what was possible.
On the day, what we thought we could do, we couldn’t, there were things in the way, and so winging it became the order of the day. I can’t stress how important it is to check out places before hand. Make sure you go over them, look at all angles. Google search the day and make sure there are no events on that day that you need to be aware of. What happens if it is raining, is there a wet weather plan. So many things to consider.
We took some photos around a lovely old fountain in Spring Street with the Treasury Building in the background, you can see in the above image. Though I was happy with the Treasury building, the other buildings in the background were ugly. Very 1960’s, with their square shape and no lovely design features. I realised after that if we had gone to the other side of the fountain, we could have got the Windsor Hotel in the background, a very old, very classy hotel.
So I went into the city a couple of weeks ago on a day that was similar to the wedding, so overcast, and took some shots of the hotel. I didn’t have anyone with me to focus on, so I used the tourists to focus on, set my camera on manual focus and took the shots I wanted. This helped with the depth of field.
This is one of the ones I got. I know it is out of focus, it is meant to be. Helps with that idea that they were all taken at the same time. Then I took one of the photos of the two of them in front of the other building and put them in this one.
It is my first real attempt at compositing, but I am happy with it. There are mistakes I made and there are things I probably need to fix up, but I think it is all stuff I can work on. Makes me think this is possible. Maybe I can do a lot more of this. I hope it looks like the image was really taken in this spot.
I am not so sure about this one, but I wanted to show you because there were a whole heap of yellow taxis parked out the front and I had to do some work to get rid of them, and all the people at the entrance of the hotel. Again, not perfect, but it does excite me and I love fixing these kinds of problems.
I have some more photos, I will put those above and the others in a gallery for you to look at.