Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bridal Shootout: Colorado Bridal Photographer

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a "shootout" with a local photography group. These events are great for several reasons: they give us all a chance to photograph people in a totally relaxed setting, they are a perfect time to try new techniques, and we get to watch how other photographers pose and interact with the models. Plus, its just a fun time with a lot of awesome women! I also want to say a very special thanks Danni Salazar for doing a fantastic job with everyone's hair and makeup! 

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day, which were taken using a combination of my Canon 5D Mark III digital camera and my film camera with 35 mm Kodak Porta 160 film. I'll even include some of my settings just for fun. :-)

This photo was taken with my FAVORITE portrait lens of all time: the Canon 135mm 2.0L. I have been known to crouch in a corner or smash myself against a wall just so I can use this thing! If you've ever wondered why I was standing about a million miles away from you at a session, this is the reason! The creaminess, compression, and bokeh (background blur) with this lens make my little photographer heart so happy! (ISO 100, F/2, 1/500)
 This photo was taken from the ground with the 24-70 2.8L at 60mm. (ISO 100, F2.8, 1/3200)
 This one was also taken with the 24-70 2.8L lens, but at 70mm. (ISO 100, F2.8, 1/500)
The following 4 photos were taken with the film camera and my 85mm 1.8 lens. The greens and blues with this film can't be beat! These are mostly unedited--they come back from the lab looking like this. (Shout out to Mammum Film Lab!)
This one is fun. I love using my 24-70 for wide angle shots like this--especially when it involves a dramatic sky. (ISO 100, F2.8, 1/800)
 24-70 lens at 70mm. (ISO 100, F3.5, 1/200)
The next two sets of photos are similar, but the first set was shot with my digital camera and the second was with my film camera. I'm including both to show the different look between the two. (I prefer the film version if anyone is curious.)
 Film camera with the 85mm lens.
 24-70 @ 24mm. (ISO 100, F2.8, 1/200)
 24-70 @ 70mm. (ISO 250, F2.8, 1/200)
 Film camera with the 85mm lens.
 A couple more with the amazing 135mm lens. (ISO 200, F2, 1/200)
This photo was also taken with the 135mm lens, and this beautiful model was a rock star in the insane wind! (ISO 400, F2.8, 1/400)