Dima and Nataliya hired an official photographer for the wedding, but I came along to help out today. For example, I captured some of the groomsmen getting dressed. During the ceremony, I sat near the aisle so I could capture some nice shots of the bride and groom (I was using the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS lens).
As for image in today's entry: it is a shot of Dima and Nataliya during their first dance as husband and wife. Dima and Nataliya danced to “Mad About You” by Hooverphonic. For the dance shots, I was using the Canon 5D and the Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens because I wanted to keep the ISO fairly low (between 400 and 640, inclusive). Now, since I was using the Canon 35 f/1.4 lens wide open, the challenge is to get shots that are not only properly exposed, but shots that are also in focus. The image which you see in today's entry was captured at f/1.4, ISO 400, at 1/50 seconds. I chose not to use the flash here because I didn't want to interfere with the strobes that the official photographer was using (I respect other photographers' wishes when they have certain guidelines they want other photographers to follow). What I really love about this shot is the movement in Nataliya's dress! Dima mentioned to me that he was nervous about this first dance (presumably because he and Nataliya did not practice enough), but their routine was incredible!
How and why did I choose to post this image to represent Dima and Nataliya's wedding? First, the image is technically sound, but more importantly, it is aesthetically interesting (in my opinion). There were some other dance shots where Dima and Nataliya are both looking at the camera, but the sense of movement in those images is less apparent. If you remember, I photographed Dima and Nataliya's engagement session this June, so I refer you to the three images I posted on Erudite Expressions here, here, and here.
Interestingly, this is the fourth wedding which I have attended (not necessarily photographed, however) where the reception took place at this venue. One of my all-time favourite wedding images, for example, was captured at this same venue.
I am posting this entry about twelve hours later than my intention, as the reception lasted until two in the morning! I will post more images from this wedding in the days and weeks to come.
Congratulations to Dima and Nataliya!
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