Honeymoon Sunset Portrait

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 24 May 2011 in People & Portrait.

Here is something that I think we can all relate to. You pick up this crazy photography hobby. At first it starts out with one lens, shooting in automatic. Then you get a bit more comfortable and start controlling the look and feel of your photos. Before you know it, you are carrying a backpack full of equipment everywhere you go because you find it hard to leave even one piece behind because of that chance that you would miss a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Now flash forward to any trip you've ever taken with a loved one. You capture shot after shot with that person perfectly in focus and with great composition. You want to get behind the camera to capture a memory with you in the frame, so you hand the camera to a stranger and they capture a blurry, out-of-focus, poorly composed moment.

I know that we have all experienced that one too many times. On my honeymoon, I wanted to ensure that we had some great portraits together and so I simply used my tripod and self-timer to compose and capture some memories. This shot is one of my favorites. My typical routine for capture a shot like this to have my wife take a position in the frame. I focus the camera on her and then reposition my composition (I wish we were off center in this shot...). I first exposed for my background and then turned on my speedlight to light the subject (my wife and I) in this shot. The flash directed at us in this shot with a small diffuser in place. Next on my list of things to purchase is a CTO warming gel to better mimic the golden light of sunset.

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Olympus E-510
7/10 second
ISO 400
28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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