February 10, 2013


Shot of the Day #72

Firstly, I would just like to apologise for my absenteeism from Scott Photographics for almost a year now! I’ve been busy (okay..maybe lazy), but not enough to excuse my lack of enthusiasm for this site. So, I hope to keep this space active and interesting for all, so don’t go away just yet. I will be posting more pics and regularly too, for I now have a new full frame addition to my photographic bag of goodies. Stay tuned!

It has finally come to this, my first wedding shoot. Well, to be honest there wasn’t a whole lot riding on this, because it was just my sister’s wedding (…or is that worse?). No no, just kidding, in the end it turned out to be an epic day of fun photo shooting with heaps of smiles & laughter. We even managed to squeeze some beach photography into the glamourous shoot – I mean how relaxed is that for a wedding day!

Anyway, back to the image below – so in this you can see my lovely sister and brother in law. This is post-ceremony so the newlyweds are very much in the honeymoon phase already, hence the very genuine carefree smiles (no stinky “cheese” here). The low angle composition was a must for this shot, the ‘leading in lines’ of the almost prism-like vale was just too attractive for my photographic eye. Additionally, working hard in this shot is the shallow depth of field, allowing the subject to stand out and monopolise the frame. In fact almost every photo I took that day was in aperture priority and wide open on f1.4…bokehlicious (now I know why they have locks on the mode dial). Then again, so I guess my new bro (had to say it) is out of focus as a result of my 1.4 fascination, but its all good he won’t mind – in the end its all about the bride anyway!

Now, you might be wondering why on earth, in this day and age would you send this photo back to the black & white era (or not?). Well, as you might see occasionally with portrait photography it is an emotional affair, and as a photographer your job is to try your very best to convey emotion in your medium. So, in the most basic sense I feel that black & white compels the viewer to feel the emotion, without the colour distracting and doing all the work for you.

Nevertheless, please enjoy the image!

Shot of the Day no. Seventy Two

My favourite!


  • ISO 100
  • F 1.4
  • 1/1500 secs
  • 85 mm
  • Sony a99
  • Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4 Planar T*
  • Hand-Held
  • Post-Processing: Lightroom 4 using this preset (https://www.mattk.com/2013/01/28/free-lightroom-presets-black-white-hdr-presets-for-landscapes/) as a base, highly recommend it!

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Written by Mike

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Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!
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  1. Feb 10 2013

    Yeah you’re right, it is very busy and the contrasty effect works unfavourably as well.

    Thanks for the advice and putting in the time for an example! I will definitely revisit this image later when I’m finalising the album.


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  3. serr8d
    Feb 10 2013

    Background’s too busy, detracts from the subjects. Take it down several notches.

    As, here, where I simply added 3 gray scale layers between subject and background, screened the lowest and grain extracted for the remaining two.


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