Last weekend I was invited to photograph a Ruby Wedding anniversary for Tony & Carole Latham. They had booked one of their favourite hotels in Berkshire, the Ramada Jarvis at Elcot Park.
My brief was to capture the evening on camera, to document everything that went on, no posed shots (hooray!), and where possible, to avoid using flash. Well, you know how much I dislike using flash for this sort of job, so usually that's not a problem...
However, there was a point during the evening when I actually had to resort to popping one of my Speedlites on the camera and bouncing the light off the ceiling. At one end of the room a video projector was projecting images onto a screen. At the same time, entertainment was laid on with a Mr & Mrs quiz for three couples. Unfortunately, the line of people ran right through the projector beam and some of the contestants had images projected on their faces.
The only way to capture the moment without faces being bleached out from the projector light, was to provide what was effectively a fill-in flash, to even out the contrast between parts of faces that were in the projector beam, and those parts that were not.
Motto: Be prepared.
Below are just a few shots from a few hundred that were taken on the evening.
Do click on the images to see the larger versions in their hi-res glory.
Please feel free to leave you comments at the end of the photos.