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Offline Joe Federer

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Wedding during snowstorm
« on: February 10, 2016, 02:03:37 PM »
Sure, it's yet another 'backlit' shot...  (I'd hestitate to say that it's starting to become a specialty)


... but I don't often get big monster flakes during a wedding.

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 02:04:13 PM »
cc welcome.  (I haven't delivered the image yet)

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 08:09:58 PM »
Very cool shot. The only critique I would have is that the snow above their heads is so much more dense than it is below them. maybe the angle of the backlight is causing it to look that way but to me it's slightly distracting.
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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2016, 05:52:13 AM »
Very COOL, I agree with HG.  If you take alittle off the bright area to go too far to muddy it up.  Here's what I did and it seems to direct the attention to the couple without killing it, by keeping them the brightest white.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2016, 05:54:34 AM by Mike Nykoruk »

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2016, 08:16:57 AM »
Nice! Reminds me of the Ghionis photo with the bugs.



Yours is very Minnesota! :)

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2016, 11:06:11 AM »
Clay Blackmore did a wedding in the DC blizzard of 2008 or so that was filmed by Pocket Wizard for advertising.  He did a number of this type shot, utilizing the elements he was presented.  Yours is every bit as good, and well worth being proud of.  I do agree with Mike and HG that taking a little off the flakes overhead helps direct the viewer better.  But the shot is great.

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2016, 02:47:40 PM »
Yeah, the groom bent down more than I expected, so the higher flash had a beam that shot up/forward.  Basically, envision the 'beam' from this shot shooting forward/above them rather than straight into the sky. 

When the snow is dense, its actually kind of hard to get a shot that doesn't have some sort of 'beam' like this:



Funny that since posting this, but before seeing critique, I brought down the brightness in the 'mass' above them... same as you guys did here.  Great minds!  The one with some front-lighting had him standing, so he blocks the beam the way I expected and it works nicely.


"Nice! Reminds me of the Ghionis photo with the bugs."

Bugs...


Thanks ya'll.


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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2016, 03:33:18 PM »
Joe, I love the second one from your last post. Beautiful!!
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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2016, 05:12:41 PM »
Curious to know if the backlight is on a stand is it Colleen?

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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2016, 08:26:03 PM »
This one demonstrates that it isn't as simple as it looks to get it just right.


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Re: Wedding during snowstorm
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2016, 12:18:25 PM »

"This one demonstrates that it isn't as simple as it looks to get it just right."


Bingo.


Rain isn't as bad because it doesn't reflect as much... Snow requires a bit more finesse.


"Curious to know if the backlight is on a stand is it Colleen?"


Colleen helps quite a bit -- but mostly just being my 'model' so I can get the settings right before we tell the clients to get ready.  She also holds her cell phone flashlight so I can focus.  You can see her being my model in the first attachement. (a gust of wind came and kicked up a bunch of fine snow... makes the situation look way more badass than it was )




It's a lightstand with a speedlight pointed at the other side of them (pointing right at the camera).  The more I want their 'face' to show, the more I have to aim it at the heads and then have them 'stagger' a bit (so it bounces off one face onto the other).  Then another speedlight on the ground pointing straight up a few additional feet back.   You can see it in this unphotoshopped/SOOC version where they moved a bit when she jumped in his arms...