2004, Wedding Sparklers
This was a moment that I’m not sure I captured in the best way I could have. But it was also a moment that meant to much to the people involved, that the image is loved. It was the wedding of two friends of mine and they were departing the reception for their wedding night. All their friends had lit sparklers and created a, rather dangerous, gauntlet for them on the way to their car. I was walking backwards and shooting with a wide angle lens and a speedlight. Folks had has a few drinks, and I was fairly sure that someone was going to catch my hair on fire.
I love their expressions. As I said, I know these folks and thus know that this is an image of them being truly happy. Looking back, I’m not sure what else I could have done as far as the framing, it was kind of a fluid situation and difficult to be exact. I do wish I had dragged the shutter a bit more and perhaps used rear-curtain flash. I would have liked to have gotten some more light trails from the sparklers. At the time it seemed important to capture some of the wedding guests faces, and there are some nice expressions there. But with a single flash in the dark, it wasn’t ever going to be a strong point of the image. I might have traded that for some smeary light-streaked background to give the image a bit more “feeling”.
But at the end of the day, I still see photos from this wedding on display at the couple’s house. So that means the world to me. In fact, they just asked if I’d shoot some 10th anniversary portraits for them. Which is pretty cool.
Canon 5D, ~800ISO, 1/30? @ f/2.8, 16-35/2.8 L