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Title • untitled #88

I flew back to the UK on Saturday to shoot a wedding in Wimbledon with Tom Wicky. Fortunately the wedding didn't start until lunchtime on Sunday, so I had a bit of a chance to catch my breath in the morning, but from lunchtime onwards we shot through till about 9.30pm. Between us we have 3580 shots, and I'll probably share a few of them over the next few days. This one is definitely one of my favourites: a candid portrait of one of the best men and his son, taken during the reception.

On a more technical note: if you've followed my recent entries you'll know that my trusty 1Ds Mark II died recently, so I replaced it with a 5D Mark II. And I'm extremely glad that I did as I would have really struggled with some of the shots at the wedding. The ceremony took place in a rather nice church in Wimbledon, but the light was terrible. For example, even at f/2.8 and 1/60s (the slowest I dare go with my 70-200mm) I needed to use ISO 1600. If I'd been using the 1Ds Mark II the images would have looked awful – anything above ISO 800 is problematic with that sensor – but the 5D Mark II files look great. There is some noise, but it's negligible and easily fixed.

Having finished the wedding I drove up to Preston on Monday morning to do some one-to-one training with Danny Allison, which we finished off this morning, and now I'm busily copying files to my server in Blackpool before flying back to Bulgaria tomorrow afternoon. All in all it's been a busy, but very enjoyable few days :-)

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
5.27pm on 30/8/09
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
aperture priority
580EX II (-2/3 FEC)
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