Just add water

January 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

JUST ADD WATERJUST ADD WATERThis image must not be copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed or published without express permission. © Copyright Lee Alexander Brown.

It was mid September when Kim and Simon got married at Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Maidenhead. Despite the time of year, it wasn't the sunniest of days, and the skies above remained stubbornly grey for much of the day.

Nevertheless, Simon and his groomsmen seemed undeterred, choosing to go for a morning swim in the hotel's outdoor pool. It was this that gave me the idea on how to capture the rings shot.

Most of the time, when planning how to photograph the rings, I will utilise some aspect of the venue itself. With this in mind, I tried my original idea. This was to arrange the rings on a piece of firewood, which I had found in the hotel gardens. The smooth, metallic finish of the rings, offset against the rough texture of the wood's bark, worked well I thought. However, I felt I could capture something far stronger.

What the shot needed was a little 'sparkle' on this grey, overcast day. The groomsmen having their morning swim had given me the idea: water droplets. It was an idea that I had been considering at a previous wedding, but this time it felt more appropriate. I carefully arranged the rings on a mirrored surface, mounted my camera onto a tripod and took several test shots to work out the best composition. Once I was happy, the water droplets were added using a fine mist spray bottle. For me, the resulting effect creates a soft 'diamond-like' sparkle, lifting the shot above the norm for a classic, timeless feel.

JUST ADD WATER © Lee Alexander Brown
1/100th sec at f/18 ISO 400


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