Image of the Day: Big, big hug!

This image was taken during the bride preparations at Chris & Christina’s wedding last year at Carlyon Bay Hotel, and features one of the bridesmaids and her son having a great big squeeze.

I love to capture emotion in my images and think it is great when I get a really ‘huggy’ group! This little chap was full of character so I was trying to keep one eye on him throughout the preparations, and then he surprised me by jumping at his Mum for a big cuddle after she had finished getting his suit on!

This image isn’t technically perfect, from a photography point of view, but none of that matters. The moment is what counts here, and this relies on the photographers reflexes and instincts to be able to frame, focus and shoot very fast, before the moment has passed.

Some days are still available in 2015 and 2016 bookings are coming in fast, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for some real documentary photography at your wedding.

For photographers; this was shot on a Fujifilm X-T1 with the 23mm f1.4 lens at 1/100sec, ISO400, f1.4. In hindsight I probably would have stopped down if I had more time, but this was an unanticipated moment and I had to shoot it fast. Again, technical matters aside, the only thing that really matters is the moment here. 

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  • Andy LeeNovember 1, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    Hi Paul,

    I hope you do not mind receiving my email?

    In anticipation though, I thank you for your time!…

    I just wondered how you found the transition from an optical to an electronic viewfinder as this is probably one of the final considerations I have to make before moving to an XT-1. I anticipate that the technical performance of the XT-1 will be amazing and found your blog on your use of the XT-1 to be invaluable, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    If you have the time, I would also be extremely grateful to have your thoughts on the XT-1’s low light and ‘reactionary’ auto-focus performance, particularly during a wedding. However, I imagine you are a very busy person and I have already benefitted from your thoughts on the matter, so thank you very much either way!

    With Best WIshes and Many Thanks,

    Andy LeeReplyCancel

    • Paul RichardsNovember 13, 2015 - 2:20 pm

      Sorry for the delay Andy, I hadn’t noticed the comment. I found the OVF to EVF switch to be pretty much seamless as it just makes more sense to me to see what the image will look like in the viewfinder; your mileage may vary, some people love it and some hate it. There’s no option really here but to just try it out and see. As for the AF I find it to be more than adequate for everything but the lowest light, but these are situations where DSLR’s will struggle as well to be honest. I use the excellent MF aids when the AF starts to struggle. It does take some time to get used to the difference in the way that it focuses best i.e looking for high contrast areas to focus on. All the best.ReplyCancel

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