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Photo Of The Day: Bride In The Alley

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Today I shot mostly Canon. I loaded two rolls of Fuji 400H into an EOS 3, and shot with a few of the best lenses ever made. The Canon 85mm f/1.2, the Sigma 50 f/1.4, and the Canon 200mm f/1.8. (Not mine! But still awesome equipment…)

The photo shoot was organized by Alice Hu; Ming Chien and I just tagged along and played around with film.

When I ran out of film I grabbed my D300 and 24mm f/2.8, and handed my SB800 to Ming. The SB800 is off to our right, commanded wirelessly via the D300’s pop-up flash. I almost always shoot with my wireless flashes on manual power, this time 1/16th. The camera was at 1/250th sec. to try and darken the ambient light, f/4 for sharpness, and ISO 200 for decent quality. To decide on these settings I just used matrix metering and mostly paid attention to the LCD “blinkies” and the histogram. I will say, I wish I had a D700 and a 35 f/1.4, the extra control over depth would have been the final touch to this image. aside from a kicker rimlight, but I actually got a few shots like that…. As it is, this image is photoshopped quite a bit; contrast, burning and dodging, and a bit of background blur…

This is of course more of an environmental shot, but you might remember Tiffany from the SoCal Photog Shootout last October. (Check out those photos here on Facebook)

Take care,

by Matthew Saville

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