Shooting through the foreground

The advent of fast telephoto lenses really opened up a lot of creative possibilities in 35mm photography. Shooting a 70-200mm lens at a ‘fast’ aperture of f/2.8 allows me to choose exactly which parts of a frame I want in focus and which I purposely want to remain blurry. In this image, the bride and groom were standing in front of a rock wall at the base of Anderson Lodge in Washington state. It was rather a dreary day, with low clouds and drizzle, so there wasn’t much of a background to incorporate. Nor was there much of a foreground, just a concrete plaza and some old funky buildings. However, I’d walked the property earlier in the day and knew these lights in the trees would look good in this instance. Had I shot this image at f/8 or higher, there would’ve been too much detail in the foreground, distracting the eye from focusing on the newlyweds. As it looks now, you can’t even tell there is a tree supporting those lights; they look like they’re floating in space and they give a nice bit of warmth and contrast to the image.

Vancouver wedding photographer, Matt Emrich Photo

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