Friday, October 10, 2008

"Midnight Blues"

"Midnight Blues"
© David A. Ziser

This is one more image made during last Saturday's wedding. The reception was held at the Taft Museum, a popular and beautiful venue for weddings in the Cincinnati area. On the grounds within the courtyard area is a wonderful arch of foliage that provides a great place for a photograph of this kind. I envisioned the backlighting to "rim" out the couple while at the same time illuminating the trees effectively surrounding the couple in light. The twist was this..... I illuminated the couple with my Z-Ray - my Brinkman Dual Xenon high power flashlight. (See my tutorial entitled, "Z-Ray Lighting - Zap, Bam, Pop" right here to see how I use the this lighting.) I needed to switch the color balance setting in my camera to 2800K (or tungsten) to get the proper color balance on my bride and groom. That resulted in all the ambient light and the flash illumination being rendered much more blue since they both "live" in the cooler" part of the color spectrum. The combination on "multiple flavored" lighting created a fun shot of the couple. Camera specs; Canon 40D fitted with 17-85mm IS lens at 17mm, F 5.6 @ 1/15 second, ISO 1250. Enjoy! -David


  1. David,
    That's a great shot, but I'm not a huge fan of the blue surroundings. I like it in this case, but there are times when it'd be nice to tone it down. I know it could be done in post, but did you ever try a gel on the "Z-Ray"?.

  2. Beautiful photography...
    I hate the blueness of your recent work...

  3. This is neat and inventive. I like the way your using the Zray. I too am not usually a fan of really cool (blue) images, but in a moonlit style shot it works great.


  4. can't wait to get my z-ray's been back-ordered for a couple of weeks...

  5. This looks like an eighth-grade Photoshop experiment.

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