Storms were surrounding Sunset Beach on Treasure Island, Florida that evening. They were rolling on from the west, and from the south, most unusual. However, Lynda and David were to be married under the open sky right on the beach. Fortunately, the ceremony was not a long one, and all we saw in the distance was a rainbow, not lightning.
Lynda and David were a very elegant and polite couple. Photographing them was a pleasure. I was glad that David wore a dark blue jacket to contrast nightly with the white of Lynda's dress. They ended their wedding ceremony by pouring sand into a heart shaped glass keepsake.
In a way, I kind of prefer shooting on the beach with stormy skies rather than a pure sunset. The former make for a dramatic backdrop and adds energy and dynamism to a shot. Standing on the beach we can feel the surrounding energy too, and the slight element of danger. Nevertheless, Lynda was willing to show off her quite good vertical leap. We were able to get the above shot on just the third take.
You may have noticed I used the same settings for all four shots:
- aperture - f/8
- ISO - 250 (I confess this might be a mistake, probably meant ISO 200)
- shutter speed - 1/125th
- exposure - manual mode
- strobe power - 1/2 (manual mode & off camera flash, save for one shot)
So if you find yourself shooting on a stormy evening on the beach facing westward, try giving those settings a try and post a link to your shots in the comments below.
The storm? Not a drop fell until I was already in my Lexus listening to Common take me home.