Photo of the Day

Beautiful Bokeh

April 26, 2017

By Stacey Goldberg

© HBA Photography

Shortly after the sun had set at this wedding in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, photographers Hannah and Ben Appleby of HBA Photography took this couple outside and away from their reception for a bit for a newlywed photo shoot.

To combat the darkness, the photographers used the given light sources, as well as some artificial lights, strategically to achieve their vision. They placed a single, bare-bulbed speedite behind the bride and groom to create the rim light, and then placed a second speedlite on camera right to highlight the water in the fountain. The orange glow came from a light built-in underneath the fountain, and to give it more prominence in the frame, Ben says he set the shutter speed to 1/60 of a second.

"I let the water do all the work for me really," he says. "I wanted to shoot through the water to create a nice bokeh, so I got close to the fountain—so close that the water was actually splashing me as I took the shot!"

(Captured using a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens and two Yongnuo 560IV speedlites on stands.)

© HBA Photography

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