The Confetti Photograph: Image of the Week #2

Continuing this new section of my website where I will be featuring one of my favourite photographs each week and breaking it down.

This weeks photograph is the “Confetti Shot”, taken from Laura and Stuart’s Sudeley Castle Wedding last year.  The image also featured in my successful Licentiate Panel earlier this year.

Back Story:

This image for me really epitomises what documentary wedding photography is all about.  In fact, it is one of my favourite wedding photographs from my portfolio.  It was raining, so everybody was rushing to get from the church to their cars and onto the ceremony at Sudely Castle.  As a documentary wedding photographer, I don’t stage or organise anything on the day, and that includes the confetti shot.  Nearly always, if there is to be a confetti photograph, the guests form naturally and the couple walk through.  In this case, as mentioned, it was raining heavily and there was just a few people with confetti at hand.  Laura and Stuart were heading straight for their bridal car and I could see a couple of people with confetti at the ready as they exited the church grounds.

At that point, I was behind the guests moving into position to catch the couple getting into the car.  I quickly realised that the limited confetti that was around, was going to be thrown very quickly and very soon.  Pretty much as standard, I have a 35mm lens on one of my cameras, and in this case it was on the Canon 1D Mark IV.  I quickly moved into position just as the confetti was being thrown and got a lovely smile from Stuart with the confetti being thrown all around.

I particularly like the image because of the focal point, and the fact that Stuart is actually looking straight at me (normally, this wouldn’t work, but I think because of the moment here, and the view-point of me it does).  Because of the location of myself, although I am ducking, the confetti actually appears to be coming from all around me.  I love the ladies in the background too and I just think it’s a fleeting moment captured that may otherwise have been lost in the mists of time.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Shutter: 1/200th Second
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 100
Lens: Canon EF 35mm 1.4 L
Flash: Did not fire
Focal Length: 35mm

Of course, this photograph was taken handheld and the relatively slower shutter speed (often, my shots are 300th or faster) allows for the emulation of motion in the image.  

The original photograph was processed in colour.  It was only when putting together my licentiate panel did I convert the image to black and white.  As usual, it has been run through my own personal black and white conversions and I have dodged and burned slightly to bring a bit more detail out in the dress and remove some detail in one or two of the larger flakes of confetti that were a bit too prominent in the frame.  The image is also cropped slightly from the left hand side to remove a bored looking chauffeur.

This Finished Photo:

Confetti Photograph