Preview: Chris & Julia's wedding at St Botolph's Church & House on the Brooks, West Sussex
A wedding with two ceremonies, one at the church of St Botolph's near Steyning, and another informal ceremony held outside at House on the Brooks, in Hardham in West Sussex.
It was a warm and summery day, despite a light patch of rain and a lot of cloud. The light was quite flat, so I tried out a couple of different techniques to use the landscape to my advantage. This shot involved being much closer than I usually shoot and photographing using a soft depth of field and a wide lens.
The countryside surrounding House on the Brooks is very flat, so shooting creatively requires using small elements to your advantage and trying to avoid having the horizon striking through the shot in a strange way. Using long grass and this gate (below) added another element of interest as well as the large tree in the background.
Patience with the light can really pay off. Just towards the end of golden hour, the sun poked through the clouds to give us a nice sunset to enjoy for a whole 2 minutes. This was probably the only good shot I got before it disappeared again (though I haven't checked all the images yet). When looking for light, you have to be really quick and it can change so quickly (even on calm, cloudy days)!
Finally, to mix up the flat lighting of most of the day, I wanted to utilise some of the Turner-esque colours in the sky at sunset. Using an off camera flash and white umbrella to expose Chris & Julia, I underexposed the sky heavily and pushed it a little bit in Lightroom to emphasise those subtle colours in the sky.
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