The event is over, and it was a wild success!
The photographer was a Canadian expat, originally from Winnipeg, now renting his house in Chilliwack, who lives and works here in Hawaii.
The official who conducted the wedding is an American who is one of those gentle persons who respects the occasion, takes an interest in the people, and who did a fine job. He conducted the ceremony with respect to Hawaiian rituals. Done on the beach, it was a small group of us who enjoyed that ceremony, its informality, beautiful simplicity, and exquisite sincerity.
I have never enjoyed a wedding so much. I know Suzanne and Jeff had a great time - when you look at the pictures, you will see this, I'm sure.
You will also see the antics of Emma and Becky. They were the models for some sunset photos last week and they are natural models. They know how to have fun. Not for formal posing for us photographers, no, for being young and exuberant, and playing off one another, just went for it. They knew they were being funny, and wanted to make Suzanne and Jeff smile and laugh while the pro did his portraits and while I captured the overall scene to share with all of us, you, whoever wants to celebrate this event with us. They even co-opted Ryan into the fun.
I told Dianne I thought I took about 100 shots. That was an estimate that would have made this shoot the largest, longest, most technical, most equipment intensive I ever attempted. Yes, I made mistakes. But by shooting in RAW mode, and using DxO as an editor, I was able to recover most of the errors. And, the number of deletions of out of focus shots was very small, for the first time ever. The Flickr album has 147 shots; you can see them here: The Wedding Album
And, my favourite photograph is:
There is a saying that it does not matter what camera you have, you will take the same pictures. I was beginning to believe that. It scared me right down to my toes. I felt I had topped out. Where was the fearless and good photographer that my friends relied on to take photos at their weddings back in 1970 and 1980? I did a creditable job with an Olympus Pen D half-frame 35mm camera, a Minolta SRT-100, and a Minolta XD. I have done only a fair to middling job with a set of Nikons, a D80, a D90, and now, finally with my 6 month old Nikon D7200 I have my photographic mojo back and I am delighted it happened in time for my daughter's wedding to Jeff. It's not just the adjustments on the camera, but the adjustments possible in the editor I use, DxO. It takes a while and a lot of mistakes until you start to get it right!
There is a story to how the shot above was taken. I read a book by the master of fill-flash, Joe McNally. He knows Nikon stuff and photography in general, and leaned it the hard way. At dusk, with a water background, he suggests you setTungsten light White Balance on your camera, as per indoor incandescent lightbulbs (before LEDs), which makes the sky and water nicely much bluer. Alas, it makes skin blue too. You need to use a low-powered flash to light the skin, and that flash has to have a gel filter, a special orange (CTO), to make the skin look right. Sounds simple, it's not, but damn, he is right, it works!
And, if you want to see the rest, go to my Flickr site which is:
The Wedding Albumn
I hope you like the shots from this significant (to our family) event. We all did. And, the filet mignon at Ruth's Chris was quite tasty.