Lance & Laura Nuptials
Finally finished up the edit for my cousin’s wedding back in Colorado. Here’s a gallery with a few of my favorites. It was fun seeing some of the extended family, many of whom I hadn’t seen in 10 years or so, including my cousin Matt. He was a great resource for me when I was first learning about photography. Back in ‘those’ days we shot film and had to walk to the photo lab, through the snow, uphill, both ways, etc, etc, kids these days with their rap music and digital cameras…
Since I traveled to Colorado by plane, my gear was limited to what I could fit in a carry on bag. No worries; perfect excuse to summon the strobist ninja inside and find ways to do more with less. A single speedlight (580ex) and shoot-thru umbrella seemed to do the trick. Avoiding direct sunlight meant I didn’t need lots of watts to over power the ambient. In fact, we had to move fast after the ceremony to make use of what sunlight was left. Thankfully, Matt was a not only a great photo assistant, but an excellent VAL (voice activated lightstand).
The photos were processed in Lightroom, DXO Optics, and Photoshop. Yes, all three. DXO is a great piece of software that automagically removes distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberrations. It does this by peeping your EXIF data, and applying custom corrections based on your lens+camera combination. This is particularly useful with wide angle lenses like the 17-40mm that have a lot of barrel distortion. I didn’t realize just how much distortion was present with this lens until I compared the corrected and non-corrected photos. Yikes. Now, if only we could get DXO to work as a Lightroom plugin the trifecta would be complete.
The pic you see above was processed by creating two exposures from the RAW file, one for the foreground and one for the sky. Neat thing about shooting RAW is all that detail is hiding in there you just have to coax it out. RAWr.