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This past weekend, I had the good fortune to photograph Taylor and Nick’s wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, Mass. Taylor and Nick picked a wonderful venue for their wedding. Zukas is located in Worcester County, 20 minutes west of Worcester.

The ceremony was held outside overlooking the rolling hillside. It was a little breezy and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky…not a single one! We photographers like clouds because strong direct sunlight is bright and creates harsh shadows but we do love a challenge (and to complain about light)! So, it was a beautiful day in a beautiful location with a beautiful bride and handsome groom, a recipe for great wedding photography.

The reception was held in an elegant tent that in its own way was pretty spectacular with a checkerboard dance floor and detail lighting.

I will post more photos once Taylor and Nick have had time to enjoy their wedding photographs and in the meantime I hope you enjoy this photo of the couples first dance.

Technique/Equipment:  I was using two strobes inside the tent but for this shot I turned off the off-camera strobe and used a single 580EX II with a Gary Fong light modifier. I pushed the ISO relatively high to capture the available light.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mk IV (Manual Mode) with an on-camera 580EX II (Manual Mode) set to high speed synch
  • Light Modifier: Gary Fong
  • Lens: Canon L series EF 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400th
  • Aperture: f/2.8

Post Processing:

  • Noise removal: Neat Image
  • Contrast Adjustment: Color Efex Pro
  • Vignette: Lightroom CC



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