Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding Photography

Lucky us, Hsuu and Andrew have contacted me and ask if we could do their post wedding session with New York City in the background. They got married on 10.10.10 (can you think of better day to get married?:)) in Thailand, but since they live in Jersey City with amazing view on NYC from their apartment, they wanted to have session with Big Apple in the background. I had only once concern about the session – weather… Hsuu and Andrew didn’t want to wait for spring for the session – and I cannot blame them for that – so we all agreed on beginning of December. It was like 40 °F in Chicago, and I knew that NYC is a little bit warmer (lived in NJ for over 2yrs), but I also knew it will be chilly especially close to the river, and especially for Hsuu, wearing no sleeves… After all everything turned out to be great – Hsuu and Andrew are troopers, and did such an amazing job!

Warning: Photo Geek stuff (if you are not a photographer – skip it and enjoy the photos :))

So we showed up at the location all layered up couple of hours before just to scout the location and see what can we expect from light and surroundings. While packing for location – there will be separate post on that – I wanted to make sure we take only the necessary stuff. Our latest purchase – Elinchrom Quadra RX

Vote For Image
3 votes

along with Deep Octa

Vote For Image
0 votes

was our main source of light. It turned out that my VAL – Kamila resists to wind pretty well and points the light exactly when I want. We did it McNally style – Elinchrom with Deep Octa on Easy Reach Extension Pole

Vote For Image
0 votes

with Kacey Pole Adapter – very mobile and quick to assemble solution. Also used Skyport Universal Trigger Set

Vote For Image
0 votes

for remote triggering – and loved it – because I could control power settings right from my camera hot shoe. I heard only nice things about Deep Octa modifier before, but now I can say it myself – it’s the best light modifier I’ve used so far – it gives great quality soft light. So we started with the City in the background and Deep Octa high camera left.

Vote For Image
2 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Then we moved to another location (location scouting rocks!) and I used my Carl Zeiss 80mm lens with Titl Adapter for that specific shot. It took a while to figure out the position where should we put the light source so it won’t show on the glass window as an ugly reflection. Fortunately Hsuu and Andrew stayed warm inside the train station while we were working on it.

Vote For Image
0 votes

And here comes the money shot set – we got lucky with the available light – underexposed the background, throw some nice soft light from Deep Octa – and there you have it:)

Vote For Image
1 vote

Vote For Image
0 votes

Here, Hsuu showing off her one of 3 (three) pairs of shoes she brought for the session:P

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

Vote For Image
0 votes

We were loosing available light pretty fast, I had 2 more locations near the train station that I wanted to shoot, but Hsuu and Andrew wanted to have some pictures with Statue of Liberty in the background, so we decided to move on. I can take pictures in the old train station almost everywhere across America, but there is only one Statue of Liberty – so this was our priority numero uno:)While we were driving to the next location I swapped my lens from 85mm 1.2 to 70-200 2.8 IS – I wanted to shoot close to 200mm to compress the background and make the Statue pop, cranked up the ISO to 1000 (still acceptable for 5d mk II), took couple of test shots, and here is the result:

Vote For Image
3 votes

Vote For Image
4 votes

Vote For Image
1 vote

Vote For Image
3 votes

Ha, if you think that we stopped there – you’re sooo wrong! There will be another post from inside the apartment building Hsuu and Andrew live and from the next day with the wedding rings – if you follow us on facebook you know what I’m talking about.

Thanks Hsuu and Andrew for having us, letting us capture such an adorable couple and for freezing your butts off with us:D

Related posts:

Facebook comments:

January 4, 2011 - 8:50 AM

Forrest Milder - This is really beautiful work. Very, very impressive. A few questions if I may — given the incredible range of shades — from the extremely white dress to his pale complexion to her darker one, did you have to do any post-processing to get it all to work out? Did you only use one quadra light for all of these? I had no idea that it could produce this much light! And last, did you do anything to photoshop NYC? I’m trying to decide if it is out-of-focus or photoshopped?

Thanks again for sharing these. I’m just wowed by the look!

– Forrest

January 5, 2011 - 10:06 AM

bizior - Thank you Forrest for stopping by and commenting. To answer your questions:
1). Yes – the lighting was a little bit tricky, because of different skin tones on the subjects. Only thing me and my assistant had to remember is to place light source closer to the bride, so she gets more light – because of darker skin tone.
2). I used only 1 Quadra head, it’s very powerful light source, even with big deep octa on it. Even though I shot @ ISO50 with CPL filter, I didn’t use full power, so yeah Quadra is pretty efficient (400Ws).
3). No hard post processing, I do most of my post for that kind of shoot in LR, and then import it to PS for final touch and web sharpening. The background blur was straight out of camera, I was shooting in the range of 1.4 to 2.8, so it was pretty easy to get that nice out of focus.

Thanks…

December 2, 2014 - 1:15 AM

Willian Fesler - I had choices from essays to videos and I figured blogging can live amusing. Can you furnish me a first-rate free of charge website and a little lend a hand lying on how to get ongoing with what to utter, and whether i lay it below one daylight before perform it all day in anticipation of its owed. Please help and I undertake to select you as the best respond condition it helps!.

December 19, 2010 - 10:21 PM

Tweets that mention Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding Photography | bizior photography blog — Topsy.com - [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Piotr Bizior, Piotr Bizior. Piotr Bizior said: New blog posting, Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding Photography – http://bit.ly/ejsN0m [...]

December 24, 2010 - 5:39 PM

Chicago Wedding Orchestra » Blog Archive » Chicago Wedding Bands – I Want You Back – Peter Hennes Orchestra - [...] Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding Photography | bizior photography blog [...]

December 24, 2010 - 11:48 PM

Chicago train stations | LuxonBiz - [...] Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding … [...]

December 28, 2010 - 4:34 PM

Chicago Wedding Orchestra » Blog Archive » Chicago Limo Service | Wedding Prom Bachelorette Party Bus Limo - [...] Hsuu+Andrew NYC Wedding Location Session | Chicago Wedding Photography | bizior photography blog [...]

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*

There was an error submitting your comment. Please try again.

g e t   s o c i a l