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A Blowout with Backlight

September 15, 2017

By Libby Peterson

Photo © Henry Weddings

When fire codes prevent a good sparkler sendoff from going down, it's time for bursts of confetti—lots and lots of confetti.

Once they knew that confetti was definitely happening for these newlyweds, Henry Martens and David Le, the Texas-based videography duo behind Henry Weddings, got to work on setting up a lighting concept that would make the couple pop among the white flurries of paper. The question was this: front light or back light?

"Outside we noticed there was so much ambient light that we could probably pull off the backlight, since we shot this with a Sony a7S II and the ISO is incredible," Martens says. "We love a good exit shot and find that it really wraps up and solidifies the wedding story. It's like a perfect last image to see that says, 'And they lived happily ever after.' It was super risky to choose not to front light them at all, but I knew the backlight would accent the confetti much more and we just got really lucky with having enough ambient light."

Martens credits Le's lighting calculations on this one, placing it in such a way that it's hidden from the frame, hits the bride's dress and reflects onto the groom's face. "I also have to give a huge shoutout to the a7S II and the Zeiss Batis 25mm lens I used for being able to track focus on the couple. I'm serious. I think most cameras would have felt lost when autofocus is involved with so many moving objects, but the a7S II tracked them like a boss."

(Shot with a Sony a7S II and Zeiss Batis 25mm lens at f/2, 1/8000 of a sec and ISO 125.)

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