This is a shot I see a lot of, the couple driving off into the sunset in a convertible. The problem is, being in a resort, doing mostly destination weddings, most of my clients don’t have cars as part of their wedding. Luckily for Paula and Adam, one of the guests had rented a convertible Mustang at the airport, which we appropriated for the photos.
To get the shot, I sat on the folded up canvas roof of the car. I had one toe hooked under the armrest of the right rear seat to keep from rolling off the back of the car. The fisheye is so wide that I was having a hard time keeping my body out of the picture. You can see my toe behind Paula’s seat.
When I shoot the ‘getting ready’ part of the wedding day, I always call ahead to make sure it’s okay to come to the room. The answer I almost always get is, “sure, but let me clean the place up before you get here”. I tell them for this part of the day, the messier the better, as it makes for great photos
When a subject is heavily back lit, there’s two ways to deal with it, balancing the exposure with flash, which tends to flatten out the image, or expose for the subject and hope for the best. The latter makes for interesting photos, but you never really know what you’re going to get.
With the convertible shot, I used a fisheye lens to accentuate the blurring of the scenery and stopped the lens way down and used a really slow shutter speed to blur the scenery.
Camera: Nikon D700 and Nikon D2x
Lens: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 10.5 mm DX, f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 and SB-800, with SU-800 controller.