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Aisle of Joy | by Paul Chan - Canada
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Aisle of Joy

Kim and Arva's Wedding

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I thought of what I wanted to do on this shot just as the couple started their walk down the aisle. I knew I only had one shot at it, I was hoping to capture some of the emotions that Kim and Arva were feeling that day.


I didn't have my flash with me and used the D300's pop up flash. I selected Slow Rear Curtain Synch. The actual exposure was 1/6 of a second at f. 4 at 22mm (33mm equivalent) in RAW color. The image was converted to black and white using Capture NX 1.34W.


With a slight crop, the resultant image is pretty much what I had envisioned. The Slow Rear Curtain Synch produced blur that illustrated the motion from their walk down the aisle, but more importantly represented what the couple's entire day must have felt like. The flash firing at the end of the exposure froze Kim's happiness at that moment, a beautiful smile and the catch light in her eyes topped off her joyous expression. The union of their hands and Arva's loving glance at Kim rounded out the image perfectly.



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Taken on August 29, 2009