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There’s more than one way to light a scene!

The following photos were taken within about a 15 minute window- just in the few golden moments at the start of a sunset. There were some changes in light as I went along, but most of the differences between these photos are the result of changing exposure in-camera, and adding off-camera flash. I made very few modifications in photoshop- I cropped slightly, cloned out an ugly electrical line, and added a bit of saturation to enhance the sunset, but otherwise the lighting differences are Straight-out-of-camera.

This first image brings out the beautiful cyan hues of the ocean, and is all about a wedding on the beach.
(taken at F2.8, ISO 160, 1/125)
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In the photo above, however, the couple isn’t well lit, so I added an off-camera flash for a different look. You can still see the cyans of the ocean, but the bride & groom are more the focus of the image.
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Here you can still see some details of the couple, the gazebo, and the ocean behind, with only the beginning hues of the sunset.
(taken at F2.8, ISO 100, 1/400)
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Simply by increasing my shutter speed, this turned into a silhouette with an intense sunset behind.
(taken at F2.8, ISO 100, 1/800)
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In this one, my settings were the same, but I moved myself just slightly to find the best angle for the colours and light.
(taken at F2.8, ISO 100, 1/800)
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Adding off-camera flash in a gazebo with a white ceiling, perfect for reflecting the light, creates an image with focus on the bride & groom, but also allows the definition and colour of the sunset behind them.

In the Wedding Gazebo

In the Wedding Gazebo

I love the creative freedom that comes from changing light!
Do you have a lighting preference among these images?

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