Farmers Image Of The Week #294

Nikon D750 | Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 | ISO 100 | f5.6 | 1/400

Preset – VSCO Portra 400, converted to mono, kneaded, baked and seasoned for a few years. 
ASE – Grain, Tri-x Salt and Pepper

We’ve been discussing what kit people take to weddings in our Facebook group and I was surprised by how few take longer lenses or zooms. My philosophy with weddings is that primes are for when I can move and zooms are for when I can’t. It’s interesting to see what other people use and that’s one of the elements of Image of The Week that I find most fascinating. Occasionally I’ll be quite surprised by a lens choice, like Kathryn’s last week which was just about grabbing a shot when an opportunity arose and going with that lens that she had on the body. Then we have this week’s winner from the very brilliant Sean Bell up in Scotland. The 70-200mm hardly comes up here and I’d say it’s a lens that’s become quite unfashionable. First of all, it’s a hefty beast to lug around in your bag so why bother if you’ll only use it occasionally? Well I think if you look at this shot, you might agree that when it’s right, it’s so right. What makes this shot great is how the longer focal length compresses and frames the scene. The landscape is of course the star but this crop plays delightfully with that line of the mountains above the two trees and simplifies all the elements to make each of them come together stronger.. This shot may not have been as strong on any other lens. 

Read Sean’s Story Behind the Shot below…

What Sean says ...

“Rebecca and Craig eloped to the Isle of Skye and were married on the shores of the magical Loch Coruisk.

En route to the harbour and ceremony location, this vista swung into view and I knew I had to use it for at least a few shots.
The light was super harsh when we drove by in the morning but I reckoned it might make for a nice evening session as the sun would be dipping West side and be parked well behind the hills by then, so I opted to save it for as late as possible after the ceremony, 
When we arrived back here with Rebecca and Craig later in the day there was a gentle haze veiling the hills and this seemed to create a muted, almost quiet feel. It was definitely different from what I had in mind earlier but luckily it gave me even more options to play with.
I asked the couple to just stand still for a little, hold hands, have a laugh and enjoy the view while I sorted the kit, I knew I would need to crush the perspective if I wanted the graphic look I was after so I (reluctantly) attached the big old heavy 70-200 telephoto lens and took to running around the heather until I found some balance within the frame and some ease between the elements.
It’s a simple shot I guess but one I really hope they will print and enjoy for a few years at least.”