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High Five for Dad
High Five for Dad

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Challenge: Photojournalism IV (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Location: Letchworth State Park, NY, USA
Date: Aug 29, 2010
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Photojournalism, Wedding
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2010

I never enter DPC contests because I'm too busy shooting weddings and portraits, but I happened to catch this week's challenge and I'm glad I saw it before I shot the wedding.

This wedding was for friends. The bride is the ultrasound technician that discovered we were going to have twins (born 18 months ago) in an after-hours courtesy ultrasound. Almost all my other friends were at or in the wedding.

I had a set-up PJ shot in mind but event timing and such prevented us from shooting it. Genuine unscripted moments like this are better anyway :) I don't expect this to score well compared to setup PJ shots but it's worth a try. This one works well as a B&W because the white balance was off anyway. Plain desaturate, resize to 800px wide, then simple "Sharpen" in PS CS4.

The bride and groom were standing in deep shade for the ceremony, which is why I shot at ISO800, around f/4 and 1/80th sec shutter speed. I normally shoot manual, but because of the huge change in light I shot the exit in Aperture priority (Av) mode. The camera saved my butt exposure-wise. There was about a 5 stop difference in light.

Place: 28 out of 58
Avg (all users): 5.3838
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.4494
Views since voting: 954
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 185
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2010 12:14:36 PM
haha what a funny shot!
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09/04/2010 05:40:33 AM
Great capture!
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09/03/2010 05:34:53 PM
It's a nice picture, but a wedding isn't news.
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09/02/2010 08:41:39 PM
Very very nice
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09/01/2010 07:57:14 PM
Good photo. Shame about the tent growing out the groom's head though.
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09/01/2010 06:32:37 PM
Wow, Nice shot
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09/01/2010 07:45:49 AM
nice shoehorn. my newspaper doesn't cover weddings :P
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