This image was made at Rafael Vineyards on the east end of Long Island. As with most weddings, there was not much time, yet I really wanted to capture the essence of this location without taking the typical photo of the bride and groom standing in middle of the grapes. The solution: the wine cellar filled with barrels would create the perfect ambiance for the photo. I am a true believer that today's bride wants to be sexy - that is why they wear sleeveless , strapless gowns. I try to always exude that sensuality and romance in my photographs. This was the ideal location for posing. Lighting was a different story. The room was dark and cold. It was important to me that no shadows exist, therefore the light needed to be extremely soft and natural. There was only about a minute during which the photograph could be taken, so being quick and accurate was key. I used a single bare bulb Qflash. The flash was set on automatic at F4, iso 800. Minimal light was necessary - even less than the f4 - so wrapping a white handkerchief around the bulb created an ideal way to further diffuse the light. The light was off camera and coming in from a 45 degree angle to camera right above the subject. The light, because of the bare bulb, was very omni-directional . It was all over the place... filling lightly. The actual intensity of the strobe was roughly f2.8 with the diffusion from the handkerchief. It was perfect for the camera exposure of f4.0. I try to usually have my strobe at 1 to 2 stops under my ambient. This is the perfect way to avoid shadows and, more importantly, have the light look very natural. That is the main thing I love about my Qflash, it is very diverse. It is small enough to work in a tight situation and powerful enough to handle big groups.
Camera: Canon 1ds mk II
Lens: Canon 70-200 zoom @ 200 mm
Exposure is: 1/2 sec at f4