S100fs blurred photo's help

Started Oct 27, 2008 | Discussions thread
prime Senior Member • Posts: 2,191
Shooting a wedding

M87 wrote:

Normally, when one claims to have "shot a wedding", I expect them to
be the main photographer. Forgive me, but you did not shoot this

Point taken. No need to ask forgiveness.

You paid someone else to shoot the wedding

Actually the bride and groom footed that part of the bill.

and you moved
around the periphery taking some snap shots.

Not quite an accurate description. Having had a bad experience with our own wedding photographer 36+ years ago, I was determined that the same would not happen at our child's wedding. (In our case, I had failed to educate the photographer about the identity of the most important guests; and fully half the proofs the photographer submitted to us after the wedding featured prominently as the center of attention the date of convenience of one of our female guests who had broken up with her fiancé the week before and asked the guy to escort her to our wedding so she would not be without a date. We had not met the guy before the wedding, and have not seen him since, except in our wedding pictures.) Therefore I decided consciously to "cover" the professional photographers by taking hundreds of photos. In the end, I brought back seven GB of photo files (3 MB ot 5 MB each).

At the set-piece events in September, I was both privileged and constrained. Sitting in the front row with the other parents of the bride and groom, I had a better angle on the wedding ceremony itself than any of the professional photographers had. That allowed me to capture some of the most important moments from the "best seat in the house." On the other hand, I was in the middle of the row, so I could not move laterally to change the background. As a result, in many of the crucial moments, a palm tree in the background exactly split the frame between the bride and groom. At least it was not positioned to appear to be growing out of the top of the head of one of the principals.

Apart from the set pieces, my main function at the event was to be a co-host, to greet and thank the invited guests, all of whom had flown literally thousands of miles on their own nickel, and had used their own vacation time from work, to attend the event. In between those duties, I grabbed the camera out of the bag at my side frequently to squeeze off a few opportunistic shots, featuring the other parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles of the bride and groom and the guests whom I knew were the most important to the newlyweds. But I lacked the luxury to roam around looking for photographic masterpieces; I was there to grab moments of opportunity as they fell in my lap.

For this purpose, the S100fs is certainly up to the task although, on
this occasion, it looks as though you concentrated more on the
wedding than on the photography, which is understandable, given your
relationship to one of the happy couple.

Were I in your place, I would probably even have left the S100fs at
home and just enjoyed the wedding, that is why you pay a professional.

The results have, in the opinion of the bride and groom and of the relatives on our side of the family, more than justified my decision to take the S100fs. The pros' photographs simply lack the intimacy only a participant could capture; they look more like what might be pulled off the AP newswire.

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