Story Behind The Shot – The Reveal

This is the first posting in my “story behind the shot” series where I will talk a little about some of the shots from my archive.

Today is Jo and Den’s second wedding anniversary and whenever I think back to their amazing festival themed wedding, this is always the first image that springs to mind. When I arrive for the bridal prep on a wedding morning I always check with the bride to see if her father has seen her in her wedding dress. If not I always suggest setting up a reveal shot so that we can capture Dad’s reaction. Some dads play it cool and try not to react, but the best shots are when dad can’t keep it to himself, just like Jo’s dad Vic . . .

010 - Cannock Chase Tipi Wedding - Jo and Den

I just love Vic’s reaction! Happy 2nd anniversary Jo and Den.

So here’s the nerdy stuff –

Camera – Canon 5DmkII
Lens – Canon 24 – 70 f2.8
Focal Length – 38mm – there wasn’t much room so I needed to be at a fairly wide focal length
Exposure Mode – Manual
Apeerture – f2.8 as I really wanted a narrow depth of field focused on Vic
Shutter Speed – 1/200s – max flash sync speed
ISO – It was fairly dark in there so the ISO was set to 3200, I didn’t want the flash to do the heavy lifting, just a little fill
Flash – Canon 600ex-rt, bounced as direct flash gives a harsher quality to the light

The blog posting featuring Jo and Den’s amazing wedding can be seen at the following link -> Jo and Den’s festival themed wedding on Cannock Chase

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