In order to be able to shoot Nantucket weddings continuously and unobtrusively, I had set up photofloods in the bride’s room, and caught many charming scenes. I am especially fond of the picture of this bridesmaid, pensively holding‘ her rose. All these photographs were taken with a Minolta and a normal lens on Tri—X film rated at ASA 800.
As an established wedding photographer, I found an ideal spot in the bride’s garden for taking some group shots before the wedding: a stretch of lawn in front of shaded rocks, with a cement terrace between me and the group. I had beautiful backlight and a natural fill—in. By opening my lens one stop more than the light meter indicated, I was able to get both the faces and the clothes in all their detail. As we had very little time, I had asked for some help in getting the group into a pleasant state of mind. So the bride’s little brother stood on a chair near me and made faces at them. (Had he stood on the ground, everyone would have looked down at him———not a good angle.)
We had agreed in advance that I was not going to use flash during the ceremony; so I supported my camera on the back of a pew and quietly took a few shots at 1/8 sec. and 1/4 sec. After taking their vows, the couple had to pass a well-lit spot on their way out; so I prefocused one of my cameras, shot one picture at 1/125 sec. at f/4, then walked backward a few steps and took another shot with a different camera and flash. I prefer this one. Check out Nantucket wedding photographer at http://pommettphotography.com.
I really dislikening direct flash for the traditional cake-cutting scene; the cake is likely to be overexposed, and shadows may mar the figures. Here, I was able to use bounced speedlight, which eliminates such pitfalls. Left: I did not dare wait until the bouquet was actually in the air before taking this shot with my speedlight; after all, I also wanted to show who caught it immediately afterward——in this case, the bride’s sister (center). At that time, I was still using a Mighty Light speedlight, with a recycling time of five to six seconds, so this worry was not unrealistic. (Nowadays, I use a Minolta Auto Electroflash 450 and a 510 battery pack, with a recycling time of three seconds.) This is why I love shooting Nantucket weddings with film instead of digital photography.
By the time the couple had changed into street clothes and was ready to ”go away” (”running” would be a better word), it was nearly dark. Luckily, earlier on I had spotted the couple’s getaway car being decorated by some pranksters, so I knew where to take up position. I caught them racing to their car and being pelted with rice and rose petals, while I stood at a first—floor window. From this high position, my exposure of 1/30 sec. at f/2.8 was sufficient; the blur adds to the scene.
I don’t remember when I was more exhausted after a photo job than after ”my” first wedding, but I could hardly wait to develop the ten rolls of36—exposure 35mm film that I had taken.