I’ve just been back from a wedding I shot in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. This little island is in the Sabah, Borneo region of Malaysia and is about 2.5 hrs flight away from Kuala Lumpur. It pretty much is heaven on earth. The beaches are just fantastic and I was quite fortunate to be invited to photograph Hari & Adam’s wedding.
Before the wedding, we did a ‘Trash The Dress’ session on a little island which was about 10 mins boat ride from our hotel. It was extremely bright and for my lighting kit, I used a combination of Nikon SB800 & SB900 flashes off-camera and firing them through a shoot-through brolly.
Those who follow my work, you’ll know that I only ever use the Nikon flashes for my outdoor portrait sessions. Specially in this place where I myself am in the water and getting my flash guns near to my subjects was easy, lightweight & portable. For the above image, the High Speed FP Sync comes into play and I am able to sync my Nikon flash guns at any shutter speed up to 1/8000.
I was using the tri-head bracket by Lastolite, which allows me to have up to 3 flash guns on the bracket. The flash guns are pretty secured and I didn’t have any hesitation of the flash guns being over the water in case the flash guns drop in the water. The bracket is very well made. The set up for the above shot is as below.
We even went a bit deeper in the water as in the shot below. You just need to be perfectly balanced as sometimes a bigger wave will make you unbalanced and your camera may hit the water!!!
The above is one of my favourite shots from the session.
I love this shot. The expression on Hari’s face and the lighting. At first I wasn’t too sure of the guy in the background taking a shot. I thought of cloning him out! I think the guy works quite well on the left hand side and kind of adds a story to it. Would you clone him out ? Leave some comments.
Thank you to Ti & Nez for helping me out and taking the set-up shots. Without your help this session would have been a bit of a struggle. Thanks a lot. See you soon.
I’ll be uploading some more stuff from the trip and also the wedding. So log back on soon.
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