Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jordi and Scott's Wedding at the top of Whistler Mountain

Jordi and Scott are from Hinton Alberta, and came out to Whistler with some friends for a quiet wedding on the top of Whistler Mountain. To top it off, we got one of the nicest days of the year.

The ride up on the Whistler gondola.

The ceremony, with a view that can't be beaten.

One of the things about working on mountain tops is that it's really bright, and I don't mean that figuratively. It's 1 to 1 1/2 (in non photo speak that twice to three times as much light) stops brighter than it is at the bottom of the mountain, which can give you real head aches for using fill flash to even out the shadows. If you were to use the standard camera sync speed of 1/320 (1/250 on most pro cameras), that would mean you'd need an f/stop of f/16, which means that everything in the frame is in focus. For this shot I wanted the background out of focus, but still needed some flash to fill in the harsh shadows. On the Nikon pro cameras, there's a high speed sync feature that lets you shoot up to 1/4000 second with the flash, which is what I did with this shot, and that brought my f/stop down to f/4.

While I love shooting on the mountain, it can be a harsh environment, and there's almost no shade or shelter from the sun. Just to get some better looking personal portraits, I asked Jordi and Scott to come out to my favourite location along the shores of Green Lake.

The hem of Jordi's wedding gown. It did a trip up and down Whistler in the dust, and I marched her all over the whistler Valley trail for extra photos.

Tech Stuff:
Camera: Nikon D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Flash: Nikon SB-900

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