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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Unusual venue plus my failings as a photographer |
How often do you post up your mistakes? Never? That is to be expected as most of us simply seek praise for our work and only show our good stuff. But I think that we can learn more from our mistakes than our successes. So in that vein, I present my failings while shooting my last wedding in the hopes that we can all learn something.
This was an unusual venue to say the least. It is typically used for things like horse shows, not weddings. But the brides father was a big time cotton farmer so the theme of the wedding is agriculture related.
I won't bother to post up the typical "getting ready-dress-shoes-etc shots", as we all have them and mine came out just fine. Rather I will post up a few images to show you what the setting was like and what I did with it. First up are some snaps of the reception area. That's a dirt floor by the way. Also, for various reasons, we did not shoot outside.
The guys. Not too bad. I'm ok with this image.
The ladies. I did tweak the color a bit to remove some of the "brown" after I uploaded this shot. Still, I'm happy with this.
Here is the alter...rather busy.
Fail boat shot #1. I put the rather large bridal party in front of the "alter" instead of finding a better background.
Now to the B&G shots. I shot thru some cotton to try and give some depth to the image. Not bad but read on.
Look at this shot taken during the ceremony. Notice the lights on the tree? Don't you think a shot of the B&G in front of the tree would have been prettier? Yeah, me too. Fail boat shot #2.
Fail boat shot #3 (but not my fault) thank you mr. wedding coordinator for standing behind the bride and her dad.
But at least I got this.
I had set my lights for the dance floor and the light was quite pretty during the dancing and toasts
But when I turned around to shoot the B&G reaction to the toasts, I got this. Shadows coming thru the centerpieces on the table. Fail boat shot #4
This shows just how large the place was. Bouncing your flash? Forget about it. You would have depleted your batteries in no time.
But I was able to bounce flash in a smaller part of the venue and capture my first ever, bridesmaid keg stand.
Available light shot just to show you how dark it was during the dancing
The guys going all Gangum style on me. I should have gridded the light in the background.
But here's the view from the other side so it's all good. Still, by gridding my lights, I could have kept some of the light off the ceiling. Minor fail boat #5.
The exit. I needed to put fresh batteries in my off camera light on the right. You can barely see it next to the upright pillar in the background. It failed to fire. You can see my other background light firing on the right. Minor fail boat #6
So, hopefully by showing my failings, it will help others not to make the same mistakes. Now, if you've got the balls, I challenge everyone else to put up your mistakes.