Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Celebration Day"

"Celebration Day"
© David A. Ziser

I just came across this image and continue to still love it. It was made as part of an ad campaign for Art Leather Manufacturing about 17 year ago. Here was the assignment; photograph the bride and groom in a Spring setting leaving the church showing a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it. Well, we were doing the shoot in Toronto, in March! Nothing looks like Spring that far north in March, but we still had to pull it off.

I scouted the church location and decided to use this walkway. The sun was behind them - totally important when shooting outdoors. And, with the sun coming from behind, it added a certain warmth, at least visually, to the scene. In reality, the temperature on this brisk Toronto morning was more like 42 degrees - that's Fahrenheit, not Celsius.

The next challenge was to pick up the Spring look the art director wanted in the shot. OK, we had warmth. We had excitement. We had enthusiasm. Where do I find green? My telephoto lens helped me isolate on a piece of hedge here and a pine branch there. It was just enough green, coupled with the warm sunlight to pull off a semi-Spring like look. The light on the couple was supplied by my off-camera Lumedyne flash (at the time) being held by my assistant on the right. Anyway, it all came together and was the cover of the album catalogue for many years.

Camera specs; Hasselblad camera fitted with 150mm Sonar lens, F5.6 @ 1/500 second, Kodak Vericolor 400 film. Enjoy! -David

1 comment:

  1. My Goodness... Where are images like this today?!?!? You have a perfect backlight-Great scene-Stricking poses... Everything that makes a good photograph great is all right here. What if ALL photographers were able to capture something like this. (Or had the ability too) We would have an elevated rate of skill that would rise every year. Sadly, this level of skill is quickly vanishing. Thanks David for keeping the bar RAISED! Peter