By October 23, 2006

New York: Day Four

Brace yourselves. I’m about to say something you won’t hear from me very often. The wedding was incredible. It was one of the best weddings I’ve ever attended, if not the best. The reception was wonderful, and there weren’t any major family feuds or disruptions. I had a great time.

I took about two hundred pictures at the reception, and had to use my flash. The quality of my shots went up, but unfortunately I had tons of red eye to contend with. I think the built-in flash on my camera is a big weakness. The light it puts out is very harsh, and the orientation of the flash on the camera pretty much guarantees red eye. I was able to patch up most of the photos using Google’s Picasa2, but even then some of the photos looked “off.” Folks with light colored eyes were particularly tricky to deal with.

I put some of my favorite shots up in the Gallery; you can browse through them here or go through the slide show. There are sixty seven items, so if you keep the default slide show settings you’re looking at almost seventeen minutes of wedding pictures. 🙂

I had a great time taking candids of everyone. I learned a lot about photography this week, just by making a lot of mistakes (and doing a few things right, too). Luckily the wedding party was so easy on the eyes; I enjoyed taking pictures of everyone’s expressive faces. It’s hard to tell from the shots I put up in the Gallery, but I probably shot six or so people more than anyone else. Some people are naturally more photogenic than others. You definitely won’t see pictures of some folks. I know that some people tense up when a camera is around, which is why I used my zoom lens so much. I was able to take almost all of these without my subjects noticing. Even when I was in sniper mode, however, some people just didn’t photograph well.

No matter how hard I tried, some people would have their eyes closed, or mouth agape, or whatever, and I’d get a bad shot. There were two different couples that I tried to capture all night. I wound up getting one decent picture of them, and even then it was from a weird “from the hip” type of snap.

A big congrats to Lady Jaye’s cousin Special K and her new husband El Jota! Thanks for letting the riff-raff take so many pictures of you! 😉

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  1. Fab shot of Lady Jaye!