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a few shots from a M43 wedding and long winded explination

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by mpresley, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Regular

    175
    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    Michael
    Long winded post...

    I photographed a wedding ceremony this last Saturday evening using the EM5 and the PL5. I'd say the equipment performed beautifully. During the ceremony I used the 12-35 and the 35-100 along with Nikon strobes fired with Pocket Wizards. I had an advantage in that there were no restrictions on lighting - whatever I thought I needed was OK. The timing and location put the ceremony in deep shadow so I used two strobes fired into umbrellas for fill lights. In the background you can see I also used one other strobe to light up the colored shutters behind the participants. Later, as the sun disappeared, I switched to the 25mm Pan/Leica lens. The ambient light was only some Christmas lights strung through the trees and one overhead yard light - not much... I lit the dance floor with two strobes firing across the corners of the floor. I had enough light from the strobes to shoot at f/3.2 and 1/40 to 1/80 second at ISO 1600. Hindsight as me thinking I should have put the ISO at 800 and opened the aperture a stop. I tried using the 35-100 since it's aperture fell within that range but discovered that the 25mm focused much faster in the conditions I was shooting. I hadn't thought about it before but I'm assuming that the M43 cameras focus with the lens aperture wide open and then stops down when the shutter is pressed - like the DSLRs which would of course explain why the 25 did so much better.

    I was very mindful of how this camera system might compare with the last wedding I shot using a D700 along with the 50/1.4, 85/1.4, and 70-200 - I know very well that there are times when my current cameras and lens might not be suitable but as long as I know (and stay) the limitations of this system I'm convinced you can achieve professional quality photography.

    I'd welcome any comments on the results or my observations.

    Ring bearers
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    P4132745.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr

    Flower girls

    P4132746.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr

    Bouquet toss
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    P4133210.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr

    On the dance floor
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    P4133128.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr

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    P4133266.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr


    And the fisheye audience shot
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    P4130099.jpg by Michael Presley, on Flickr
     
  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Lovely work with the lighting.

    Gordon
     
  3. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    518
    Sep 25, 2012
    Nicely done. Thanks for sharing your setup and experiences.
     
  4. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Hi Michael!

    Thanks for sharing the photos, and the explanation of how you accomplished the tasks involved.

    I love looking at wedding shots - they remind me that I'll never, ever, ever have to shoot another wedding :biggrin:.

    Regards,

    Jim
     
  5. migs

    migs Mu-43 Regular

    111
    Dec 24, 2012
    RVA
    great job balancing flash and ambient! well done! i'm sure your back thanks you for carrying lighter gear.
     
  6. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Regular

    175
    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    Michael
    Thanks all, I appreciate the comments -