Featured Wedding Portrait – Aimi

Aimi

I love taking pictures at weddings (though I don’t like being hired to do so). Haven’t taken any wedding photos for a long time so it was nice to be able to do so at my cousin’s wedding.

This one was a quick one as I was not the official wedding photographer. I just brought my EF 85mm f/1.2 L on my 1D Mark III. She was sitting on her bed with her face facing the window on the her right. Available light only and no flash was used as fill in. I find that knowledge of light and how to use it has been the single biggest contributor to improvements in my photography (and it also the single biggest obstacle).

I have been getting a lot of dud shots with the 85mm f/1.2 lately especially when shot wide open. Not only is careful focussing is needed, careful positioning of the lens relative to the face is also required.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III EF 85mm f/1.2 L
f/1.2 1/250th ISO 400 Aperture Priority

Featured Wedding Photography – Henna On The Wedding Day

Henna On The Wedding Day

Malay custom, though based on Islamic principles of marriage, are heavily influenced by the neighbouring areas like Jawa, Sumatra, the Indian sub-continent, China, the Middle East and the West. This is probably due to the strategic position for trade between the China and India and the heavy influx of immigrants from these countries in the early 15 century.

A malay wedding, for example, has many elements of Indian culture and one of the most viisible is the use of henna to decorate the bride. In the present day, the use of henna, though not as elaborate, remains a strong component of the malay wedding.

This picture was taken during a wedding affirmation ceremony (called the akad nikah). The lighting was not good but I didn’t want to use flash so that I can retain the softness of the image. I knew the Canon 5D handles noise at high ISO very well and I also knew that having some noise/grain may actually enhance the image.

Canon EOS 5D
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 200mm
f/2.8 1/100th ISO 800 Aperture Priority

Featured Wedding Photography – Father and Daughter in Prayer

Father and Daughter in Prayer

I captured this wonderful moment during the akad nikah (affirmation of vows) ceremony held at the Masjid Wilayah Kuala Lumpur. It is usual during this ceremony for people to put their palms together in prayer for the newly weds. This one just jumped at me and I only had time for 1 shot. My speedlite flash was mounted on my 5D which had on the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II which was too wide for the shot I wanted so I had to use my MIII with the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS which had no speedlite. I pushed the ISO all the way to ISO 2000 (MIII high ISO control is fantastic and the IS on the lens is a lifesaver) and snapped.

Thankfully, everything just ‘clicked’ and that one shot was the winner.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 200mm
f/2.8 1/100th ISO 2000 Aperture Priority

Featured Portrait – Girl At Wedding

Portraits

I have never seen such compelling eyes in such a young child. Very deep and very strong. I took this picture during a wedding. This one has the strongest impact (but it sure was tough choosing it). I decided not to use flash to keep the mood and I think it worked out very well. The eyes have it. When I took this picture she just stared deep into the lens. This was a tough one to take because of the whites involved.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
85mm f/1.2 L
f/1.8 1/250th ISO 800 Aperture Priority

Featuring Wedding Photograpy – Make up and Preparation shot

Eyeliner

This shot raised a few oooohs and aaaaahs when I showed it as part of a slideshow during the reception. I think the stregth of the shot comes from the simplicity in composition. I was taking pictures during the bride’s preparation and saw the make up artist putting the eye liner and I immediately saw the image form. I had to be quick to change from the EF 85mm f/1.2 L that I had on the camera to the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro and thankfully I managed to do this in record time.

The bride was sitting facing a huge glass window which allowed the late afternoon sun to shine through and everything was beautifully lit.

Canon EOS 5D and 100mm f/2.8 macro
f/2.8 1/60th ISO 100 on manual exposure with ambient light