Friday, December 17, 2010

"Romancing The 18th"

Romancing The 18th

"Romancing The 18th"
©David A. Ziser

This image was captured several years ago, back in my Nikon days.  We had been shooting “digital” for about three years and I had just picked up my first Sigma 8mm Fisheye lens – I was stoked to give it a try.

It was an early afternoon wedding which meant we were heading to the reception just when the lighting was about perfect for outdoor photographs. We also had one of those perfect days with the sky full of beautiful white puffy clouds. Simply an ideal situation.

We checked to be sure no one was hitting onto the 18th green and grabbed this photograph.  It’s just a simple wedding portrait but the setting is what makes the image so special. I really like how the color of the groom’s dress blues enhance and compliment the rich blue sky.  The fisheye lens’ super wide view really reaches out and grabs the sky taking it all in.

Lighting was from camera right, my Quantum through my shoot thru umbrella (pre-Zumbrella) at full power.

Camera specs: Nikon D1x fitted with Sigma 8mm Fisheye, F 11.0 @ 1/500 second, ISO 400.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. So, I have a question. Do you enjoy the warped look of the fisheye? Do you ever try the Lens Correction feature with it in Lightroom? You could fix the distortion in one click and they'd never know you were shooting fisheye. Just curious if its artistic preference.

  2. David, how did you pull off 1/500th of a second with flash? Did you use your cheat the flash sync technique and then crop out the darkened area where the shutter would appear?

  3. I was going to ask about sync speed but after looking up the D1X I see it has it at 1/500. This made me realize something I hadn't considered before though: do you avoid pushing past the sync speed on such a heavily distorted lens? Another way of asking: wouldn't the shadow from the curtain be undistorted (straight line gradient) while the exposure itself is distorted?

  4. I really like the look, like the landscape and sky is wrapping around the couple, like its trying to protect them.
    Very inspirational.
    Thank you for the technical info as well.