A friend asked me to second shoot for the wedding of Liz and Andrew in October of last year. I'm glad I accepted. Not only were they an amazingly kind and gentle couple, but they couldn't have picked a better location for their special day. Avid skiers and members of the Devil's Glen Country Club in Glen Huron, Ontario (about halfway between Toronto and Collingwood), the venue made for the perfect scenic spot. The tell-tale colours of autumn leaves, just about to drop - much like the temperature at this time of year - complimented Liz's warm, gentle smile and Andrew's genuine and contagious laugh. I had a hell of a good time (hell... get it.. Devil's Glen... ah, maybe next time) with them, and certainly wish them all the best for their future.
Gear wise, this was a fun wedding for me to shoot. The colours and scenery inspired me to shoot with the 35mm F/1.8 from Nikon. It is a DX lens, so when used on an FX body, such as my D700, it crops around the corners. The intensity of the crop increases as the aperture decreases, so for some of those outdoors shots, I stopped nearly all the way down and got those nice hard vignettes around the edges (which you'll see in the first photo).
Hit the jump for more gear talk and the pictures from this amazing location...
When I shot this wedding I hadn't yet bought my 24-70 F/2.8, so I opted to use the Nikon 50mm F/1.4 G. A very sharp lens indeed, but I am definitely not a fan of its incredibly long minimum focussing distance on the D700. In any case, I still got some great shots over the course of the day.
I also shot with the 70-200 F/2.8 VR2. Nikon's new N-glass enabled upgrade to the most holy of lenses is simply amazing. You can see it at work in many of the shots of both Liz and Andrew outside during the ceremony. The depth of field afforded to me by that incredible zoom and wide open aperture (thank fully it was a rather cloudy day) very nicely separated bride and groom from the background without blurring it to the point annoyance.
Have I ever mentioned that I love shooting Nikon. I haven't been happier since I switched.
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