BY MIKE ALLEBACH
CAMERA: Nikon D700 LENS: Tokina 11-16mm
f/2.8 FOCAL LENGTH: 16mm (crop-sensor lens on
full-sensor camera) EXPOSURE: f/11 at 1/250
of a second LIGHTING: Nikon SB-900
Calm Before the Storm
This wedding was held at a mill on the
Delaware River in New Jersey, and it was
the first wedding I had ever worked alone;
I normally work with assistants or second shooters.
A storm was quickly approaching and it got so bad
during the reception that some of the guests got
worried and headed home early. For this portrait,
we had to move fast. I didn’t have time to grab
external lights and set up.
My on-camera flash, the Nikon SB-900, has the
ability to be zoomed manually to 200mm, and
that’s what I did, pointing it directly at the couple’s
faces. Paired with the extreme wideness of my
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, I was able to highlight
their faces and bring down the ambient light to
match the mood of the incoming storm. It was a
quick way to get the “off-camera light look” with
an on-camera flash.