With a recent renovation complete, the Raleigh Crabtree Marriott has transformed into one of Raleigh's largest and most beautiful wedding venues in the area. The hotel has enormous size and depth, which was needed to create this wedding picture of my bride and groom's sparkler exit.
The black and white conversion adds depth to the image by bringing the sparkler smoke into play and provides a great amount of contrast between lit guests in the back and the darker, rim lit couple in the front.
In creating this wedding image, I used an off camera flash in the rear to throw light on the guests in the back, while adding light to the smoke and a beautiful rim light on the couple.
For the couple, I wanted just a touch of flash from my on camera unit, so I intentionally set a little lower. The overall image was slightly underexposed, as I desired. I raised the exposure in post to get the tones where I wanted them, and, in the process, adding a nice digital grain effect to the image.
Sparkler exits at weddings are a popular exit strategy currently and, if done correctly, can be wonderful, memorable images of the end to get a beautiful day!
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