I had a chance to travel to Stanley Park to shoot Katherine and Jeremy’s wedding at the Royal Vancouver Rowing Club. It’s nice to get out of Whistler for a change, and I had a great time in the park.
The Rowing Club, that big brown building in the harbour in front of Stanley park, is a great location for a wedding. It’s a beautiful old building full of cool stuff with really nice light and finishings.
We had a great portrait shoot at Brockton Point, which has a lot of neat looking concrete that looks awesome in black & white with a little off camera flash.
I was able to grab this nice shot of Katherine and Jeremy after I had to stop and dig a fresh CF card out for my camera, and they walked off for a quiet minute on their own.
They really wanted a shot on the old fire engine at Second Beach. This thing has been there so long I remember playing on it as a little kid, and it holds a fond place in the heart of any Vancouverite. Some the local kids decided to get in on the photo shoot.
Having some fun in the limo on the way back to the reception.
Everyone walked down to the famous nine o’clock gun after dinner. I had visions of an elegant shot with the group in front with a nice view of the smoke and flame shooting out the barrel of the gun, but the report was a lot more powerful than I thought. But for the best laid plans, this was the best frame.
However, Jeremy got a big laugh out of my startled expression, so it was well worth it.
The biggest issue with tis shoot was that even though it was overcast for most of the day, it was still really, really bright. In Canada this time of the year, the later afternoon light doesn’t really kick in until about 7:00 in the afternoon, so we spent a lot of time looking for shade.
I also used a lot of flash for this job, and had a chance to use my new SB-900 flash. The old one I had was already hopelessly fried when it went over in the wind on a light stand and got smashed. The guys at Nikon Service in Richmond said that whatever wasn’t broken into pieces in the fall was burnt to shit by 18 months of chronic over heating. True to form, this SB-900 stayed pegged in the danger heat level for the entire wedding.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 with a small softbox, SU-800 flash controller.