Friday, September 18, 2009

"Fantasy Evening"

Fantasy Evening "Fantasy Evening"
©David A. Ziser

This image was made back in my film days.  I still love the shot.  Today a lot of photographers are doing what's called a "trash the dress" session with the bride and groom a few weeks after the wedding. It allows the photographer to capture some very cool images of the bride and groom without the wedding day constraints of weather, time, and sometimes inconvenient circumstances. I've been doing "trash the dress" sessions since 1980. Only thing is - we've always called it a Bridal Pictorial session.  Regardless of the name, it's a perfect way to capture some wonderful series of images of the bride and groom that normally can't be made on the wedding day.  These images become a striking addition to any wedding album. This image was from one of those sessions.  It's a fantasy setting, if the gown gets a bit damp because of the location - no big deal.  The colors, composition, and lighting come together for a great shot.  Camera specs; Hasselblad fitted with 150mm Sonar lens, F5.6 @ 1/30 second (best recollection), ISO 800 Kodak Vericolor film.  Enjoy!  -David

p.s.  Hey gang, I know I've got the second part of yesterday's post to get on-line.  We just hit Chicago  an extra 2-hours in travel time due to traffic) and it's already early evening. LaDawn and I are going to grab a late dinner and chill a bit.  Look for the post tomorrow.  See ya' then.  -David


  1. Beautiful image David. Nice wide scene too. This is the kind that nearly sells itself as a 40x40 canvas.

  2. Ziser,

    That image almost looks like you shot it with a tilt shift lense. Everything looks distorted in size?

  3. I thought this image was incredibly beautiful.

  4. Gorgeous image! Though, I wouldn't call it trash the dress. I think of TTD's as way more messy:-)