Latest wedding, d610 and d700 combo

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jkjond Veteran Member • Posts: 8,112
Latest wedding, d610 and d700 combo

Here are a few from my latest wedding. A fantastic two days spending 30 hours with a very happy couple and great group of their friends. Several stages to the days, starting with a cave blessing, then a garden party, casino night and disco. I included a studio light session before the casino night, set up with a very portable pair of Elinchroms at one end of a small village hall. These had to be dismantled before the dancing could commence, but proved popular with families dressed up for the occasion. Best wedding disco I've been to, endless fun.

5 hours of sleep later I was back with them for getting ready, church service, reception, walk, ceilidh. By midnight I was completely spent.

I shot with a 700/610 combo, the 610 being the lead camera for most of it with about a 2:1 ratio. I wore them on an optech harness, both connected by a single strap to their L-brackets keeping the top of the camera completely free of clutter - I previously found the camera on my right (700) uncomfortable to use when attached by the camera lugs, especially in portrait mode where I had to use it the opposite way up to my usual. Way too heavy, I can't wait to go mirrorless.

The cameras, where practical I used the 610 and all natural light, the flash only coming out after the sun had gone. My only 610  prob was my cards were too slow at 30mb/s, so have now ordered some 95s. For this reason I switched to the d700 for the dancing where action was fast and furious, or tried to be careful at key moments to avoid locking the 610 up with a full buffer. Two different bodies isn't ideal, 2x610 would be a far better combo. Different cards, different batteries, slightly different controls, just so much easier if it is all standardised. I find the 610 U1/U2 settings very useful for wedding shooting, being able to exploit the excellent auto iso but switch to fully manual without much thought. Excellent in the church where there was a wide variety of light. Great for walking from a dark church to bright sunlight with just a casual check test exposure.

Lenses, I used 4 in the following ratios, 24-70, 17-35, 70-200, siggy 105macro 3:2:1 with the siggy just used for the rings and silver sixpence shots.

A thoroughly enjoyable 2 days and I hope the results show why I enjoy shooting weddings so much.

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Wedding and fine art photographer based in the Lake District, UK

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