Karen Doody Photography, Morehead, North Carolina
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: “As the bride started toward the staircase to go down for the ceremony, she paused and looked over the rail to see if the coast was clear to proceed,” explains Karen Doody. “I was behind her in a very narrow and extremely short hallway, holding her train as she walked. Directly in front of her was a large window, and the cream colored walls and ceiling were awash with bright light. My camera was set on aperture priority from my previous work in the other room. No time for adjustments. I dropped her train, asked her to stay still for one moment, stepped back until I was against the wall, and had one second to raise the camera, lock focus, and press the shutter before she continued down. I knew there was a good image there but imagined it would be a complete silhouette. Fortunately I was able to take it further. I consider this a perfect example of being constantly prepared for those magical candid moments on wedding day.”
CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D750, Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens
EXPOSURE: 1/40 second at f/3.2, IS0 400
LIGHTING: Available light
POST-CAPTURE: In Adobe Lightroom she processed the raw image, adjusted the perspective, cropped the image and converted it to black-and-white, dodged and burned, sharpened, and applied clarity. She moved the image to Adobe Photoshop for cloning to tidy up the base of the dress and remove irregularities in the walls.