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 Photo – Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hands

Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hands

The title of this image comes from WIlliam Blakes Poem,

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

I am on a quest to find an image for each verse. Tougher than I thought.

Taken with the Canon EOS 5D and 85mm f/1.2 L

Settings were f/1.2 1/640 ISO 100 apeture priority. Grain added in Photoshop Elements.