As usually, the last image of the album has to be special. I took this night portrait of the bride and groom at a Toronto Botanical Garden wedding reception.
As a Toronto wedding photographer, doing business in a very competitive market, I want to be different. As such, I want to give my couples a large variety of locks: indoors, outdoors, daylight, sunset and night pictures.
This spectacular portrait of the bride and groom is difficult to create, especially under time constraints. For this image, I used of the light projected on a wall in the Floral Hall. The light is creating a round shape on the wall that resembles the moon. Once exposed for the light on the wall, I asked the bride and groom to join me for one minute. Next, I positioned them so that the bride and groom's faces are silhouetted.
This image was created using a Canon 85 mm 1.2 lens mounted on a 5D Mark three camera. To have both the bride and groom sharp the shot I asked them to stand still and to have their faces perfectly aligned along the plane of focus.
In post processing, I noticed that there were some issues with a white balance so I converted the image into black and white.
As a Toronto wedding photographer, and a photography competitions judge, I see a lot of silhouettes. Many photographers attempt to this technique with poor results. There are a few things one has to keep in mind. First, the subject's faces has a have to be in darkness. Second, the pose should allow some distance between the bride and the groom's bodies. Third, silhouettes are usually backlit images, which makes it very difficult for the lens to focus in that scenario.
In terms of composition, the image is slightly off centre leaving a fair amount of negative space on the left side of the frame. That, doubled by the fact we do not see the bride and groom's faces make this a striking image. Even more, the figure to ground contrast makes it easy for us to distinguish the positive space (bride and groom) from the negative space (background).
In conclusion, this is a powerful image worth of being the album finale.
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