Category Archives: waterfalls

An Exotic Island Wedding – I

Bridesmaid in Island Traditional Dress

Bridesmaid in Island Traditional Dress

Wedding ceremonies on exotic locations always seem to be an attractive option. An island wedding offers a stylish and much more innovative option than a conventional, run-of-the-mill church wedding ceremony. Weddings are, beyond doubt, one of the most important days in any person’s life. It is really desirable to make this day special and truly memorable, choosing a nice island wedding destination is a great way of doing so. Although not the first-choice among strongly traditionalist and/or Catholic families, different types of island wedding plan have steadily gained in popularity over the years. An island wedding and related island wedding photography are truly an ideal way to make your marriage a memorable ceremony indeed.

Before you can actually hold a successful island wedding ceremony, you need to carefully plan an exotic island wedding. These ceremonies are ideal, both as a venue for marriage as well as for a romantic renewal of vows (i.e., a quaint and emotional ‘second marriage’). The marrying couple needs to visit the island prior to the ceremony in order to ensure that it satisfies all the desirable conditions for hosting a perfect marriage ceremony. The beauty of the beaches, the cultural styles of the area, and the often exotic styles of the islands are some of the features that need to be considered while choosing a particular island for marriage. The various island wedding packages and their corresponding expenses need also be studied in detail.

Wedding Guests and Couple

Wedding Guests and Couple

Island weddings are, by nature, exotic; in order to keep these ceremonies etched in memory, wedding photography is also a crucial element at these marriages. Some general tips on island wedding photography are:

a) Studying the wedding location à A wedding photographer needs to know exactly how an island would appear during different parts of the day, and how conducive it is for photography purposes. Hence, a prior study of the island (that has been selected as a venue for marriage) is an absolute necessity,

b) Lighting arrangements à In the case of an outdoor wedding, direct sunlight should be avoided for suitable wedding photography. Conversely, during an indoor wedding, the presence of adequate lights is a must,

c) Photo angles à Photographers need to click wedding snaps from different, innovative angles. This would indeed provide for stylish island wedding photography,

d) Camaraderie with the couple à The marrying couple should be comfortable and completely at ease with the photographer. The latter should ensure that the couple do not feel stressed or nervous at any stage of the ceremony, and

e) Background selection à The best wedding photos have beautiful backgrounds that perfectly blend with the entire photo. The photographer should, hence, select the different backgrounds for his photos with great care.

If you are looking to add a dash of style, panache and innovation to your marriage ceremony, you can easily opt for island wedding ceremonies. You should also have arrangements for expert island wedding photography, in order to make the occasion a truly memorable one.

To be continued…

Image Polish – How to add pop to images

You can’t expect something to be accepted unless it has a certain amount of polish. That applies to the digital images as well; you can’t expect an entire crowd going ooh and aah… over a bland piece of photo. For that, you need the piece to preserve as much as detail as the original natural beauty and a few basic techniques can definitely come handy to earn you the accolades that you deserve.

So let’s start by preparing the grounds for shooting a waterfall properly. The background color is of an immense importance here; it should be the same as the color decided for creating the border. Black rules the roost in this regard but other suitable alternatives could be any other dark shade. The image size then needs to be increased (you need a very high resolution picture for that), but first, a waterfall needs to be shot properly.

  • How to shoot waterfalls?

Assuming you have all the equipment required i.e. a tripod, a polarizer, wide-angle lenses and a ND filter, set the shutter speed between 0.5 and 4 seconds. The polarizer shall eliminate spectral highlights with light blockage. To obtain the required shutter speed, the ND filter shall be of great use.

  • Shooting waterfalls and silky water effect.

The solution to this is not keeping the shutter open for a longer span. The reasons behind are the changing detail of the flowing water and the sensor. The longer the shutter remains open, more accurate is the averaging of the detail by the sensor. Upon substantial exposure, the detail shall average out into a blur and a smooth and silky band. And if you don’t want that silky effect, just cut out on the shutter time.

  • Tips on shooting waterfalls

Since waterfalls are not run-of-the-mill products, therefore, a categorization is must prior to shooting. The shooting technique shall vary according to the type. The categorizations are done according to the water volume and the presence of the amount of rock and are:

  • Low flow, high rock: Prettiest waterfall shots are made of these. The longer time the shutter requires falling, more graceful and silky is the image.

  • High flow, low rock: These are the toughest to shoot since a slow shutter speed transforms them into a straight and white line.

However, you must also remember: Since shooting waterfalls is the other side of loss of detail, a dreamy and surrealistic effect can be obtained without putting in any muscle.

silky smooth effect waterfalls

silky smooth effect waterfalls