A Small Wedding Party at The House

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Good friends of mine eloped for a quiet wedding in Pennsylvania and later held a small party for close friends and family at The House in New York City. I offered to photograph the party as my wedding gift. A few weeks earlier, we met at The House for dinner so I could see the space. I’m glad I did, so I knew in advance the challenge ahead. The room was tiny and extraordinarily dark, with ceilings too low for bounce flash. I planned to shoot at ISO 6400 with a fast, wide angle lens, and with the equipment I own, I could have used my Canon 7D with my 16-35 mm f/2.8 lens. But I wanted the better noise reduction of my 5D Mark II, so I rented a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens to use on that camera. My only pet peeve is that even though I gelled my flash to balance properly with the overhead tungsten lighting, the floor and table lamps actually had yellow bulbs in them, casting a sickly orange glow throughout the room and making it look as though I hadn’t properly color balanced my equipment.

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