Wedding - Thai Style

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by sokar, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Recently I was "nominated" to photograph a friends wedding in rural Thailand. For those that have not experienced a Thai wedding, it appears to be rather chaotic and unorganized, especially from a westerner's point of view.

    The event is an all day affair commencing at 7am and finishing around midnight. Although I have attended several Thai weddings previously I am still unable to obtain a definitive answer as to when the couple are married. As with most things Thai, this is not considered important.

    My gear was not ideal for this type of photography, but there was no time to chase alternate gear for one event. I was aware that 2 cameras were required with 2 flash units capable of FP modes.

    Due to the fact that these events are held in rural areas at rural homes, the venues are nowhere near ideal for bouncing light and the photography of such an event is not considered number one priority. Nothing stops for the photo, and nobody will step out of the frame, even when asked. One must do what they can to get shots.

    Ultimately it is all good fun and a great test for where I was at with shooting some event like this. Afterwards I learned a lot PP 1200 shots and culling them down to a reasonable number. With the gear I carry, highlight blowouts are common, and therefore I tried to use fill flash for all outdoor shots.

    Add to this that the majority of shots were of Thais, and in most cases a little fill flash can make a lot of difference to Asian features.

    My gear:

    EP1
    EPM1
    Oly 17mm F2.8
    Oly 45mm F1.8
    Oly 14-42mm MRC
    FL600R
    FL36R
    4 batteries
    4 x 32GB SD cards

    I discovered that by 8am I had removed the 17mm and ran with the kit zoom all day and night on the EP1 + FL600R. The EPM1, 45mm + FL36R was hanging over one shoulder for the chance when I was able to organise a dedicated shot. Although the kit zoom is not fantastic, it zoom range was essential, as was the quick AF. Even running on the EP1 I rarely missed a shot.

    I discovered that the EPM1 TTL functionality is quite reliable and was able to fire the FL36R consistently in conjunction with the 45mm. The same cannot be said for the EP1. Since upgrading to firmware 1.4 the TTL is crap. I reverted to manual mode throughout the day to have more control over the flash.

    I must say the FL600R is a great flash with excellent re cycle times. I quickly got to a stage where I just fired and was not consciously waiting for the charge light to appear. The same cannot be said for the FL36R.

    Some shots follow. I must must highlight at this point that I am only an amateur, and this was a freebie. I would like to improve significantly before considering anything business related in this field.

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  2. stingx

    stingx Mu-43 Veteran

    347
    Aug 10, 2012
    Weird, NJ
    Hugh Douche
    I think the pictures look great. You did very well.
     
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  3. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

    657
    Feb 25, 2010
    Camberley, Surrey
    Some wonderful candid pictures here, you've really captured the spirit of the day :)
     
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  4. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Thanks for the positive comments.
     
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Nice set - you captured the color and the joy of the occasion very well. :thumbup:
     
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  6. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Thanks Bob,

    All PP was done with LR + hue light presets as a starting point. I definitely learned that the older 12MP sensors can look a little washed out when the RAW converts in LR (washed out or a little powdery). The hue light profiles add some much needed kick to the shots. The other issue is highlight blowouts with the older sensors. Day shots needed a reasonable amount of highlight recovery.

    These events are a fun day. Everybody is happy and involves themselves in everything. This was a small rural village about 3 hours drive north of Bangkok, and the whole village attends such an event.

    Luckily the groom was a huge man (6ft 5in) and therefore holding the camera above heads to snap shots of him was simple enough. He also played the part well when entering the house for the ceremony. This walk starts about 2km back and the whole village escorts him to the house. He needs to pay his dues to all to get past the wall of people representing the bride's family.
     
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I think you did a fine job :smile:
     
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  8. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Very nice.
     
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  9. It looks like it was a lot of fun, which really comes through in your images.
     
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  10. myadidas

    myadidas Mu-43 Regular

    44
    Jan 24, 2013
    Viet Nam
    TuanAnh.Do
    congratulations, you use IS in body ?
     
  11. joma

    joma New to Mu-43

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    Mar 23, 2013
    Toronto
    John
    Very enjoyable photos. It looks like you and I have had similar travels.
     
  12. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Yes, I had IS1 on at all times. Some users of the EPM1 experience problems with the IBIS in the mini but mine has been fine. Most shots were with flash so IS was not necessary. I have found with Oly bodies that is the IBIS is functioning properly one can leave it on all the time.
     
  13. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Great intimate shots from an obvious long, probably stressful, joyous day.
     
  14. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    Very nice set!