I did a casual shoot for my friends Eliz and Kelvin after covering their registration of marriage. The newly-wed couple wanted some photos in Fort Canning Park since the Registry of Marriage was located next to the park.
It was a sweltering day and it did not help that their appointment time was in the early afternoon. Despite their discomfort, Eliz and Kelvin were patient and visibly delighted on such a special occasion in their lives.
We made the best out of the shades available for diffuse light and to escape the heat. In situations where harsh lighting was inevitable, I tried to use it in the composition.
I enjoy doing such casual shoots as I get to capture the joy of the couple in timeless photos that signify memorable moments in time on their big day. This lets me work without the stress and chaos of an actual day wedding where everyone is clamouring for the attention of the wedding couple.
This series was shot on the Nikon D700 with the Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G and the Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR II lenses.
As much as I love the 70-200 mm lens, its weight is a burden, especially when you shoot for extended periods. I have considered getting an 85 mm lens as a replacement but I worry that 85 mm is too close to 50 mm. A 105 mm or even a 135 mm might make more sense. If I can shoot without worrying about having to lug my gear around, the 70-200 mm is a superb telephoto lens as it is versatile being a zoom lens, highly regarded as one of the sharpest Nikon glass, and has one of the quickest autofocus I’ve seen.
The bokeh is just so creamy and delightful. Of course, you could get a similar effect with a fast 85 mm or 135 mm lens so this point is moot.
To stand by my pledge to authenticity, I would like to showcase more of my photography works that I was previously hesitant to blog about. Part of the reasons for posting old photos is also partly because I tend to let my photos sit for a while before I edit. This is to make myself emotionally detached from the photos so I can edit more objectively. Hence the delay between taking the photos and editing them.
As we approach the end of 2014, I will be doing more throwback posts featuring photos I took throughout the year. Check back for those posts, or view my portfolio for more of my works.