May 052015

Photo copyright Cory Walters

With this image, my attempt was to capture the love that this couple shares. It was easy to tell how in love they were just by being around them, and I wanted to capture that. They made my job very easy, they didn’t have to act as if they loved each other and wanted to be there, because they truly did. They loved getting to stand in the garden, holding one another close, and capturing their love in one moment.  I really wanted some sort of sun flare to be in the photo, just not on the subject themselves distracting the viewer. It was the perfect time of the day, and with all the flowers in the foreground and the house off to the right, it made for a beautiful setting.

For this image I was using a Canon 5D Mark III at this location. It was about 6:15 in the evening, with the sun quickly going down. I put the while balance on shade to give some warmth and colors to the things surrounding the couple. For this photo, I was using a 16-35 2.8 Canon lens with a shutter speed at around 1/320th of a second with a very big aperture around 3.5 with an ISO of 160.

My editing technique did not consist of much post processing work. Whenever shooting, I always try to capture the image I want in camera, so I don’t have to edit the photo all that much. Once thing I always do is add some clarity and sharpness to my photos, to make them as clear as possible. I always add a little saturation and vibrancy to the picture as well, trying to bring out some of the natural colors. One of the last things I do is add just a hint of a vignette to the photo, making the viewer’s eye go directly to the subject.

I wanted the subject to love the photo, and think of their special day every time they see it. Even for a minute, to take them back to their fairytale-like day and to push everything aside.

About the Photographer:
My name is Cory Walters and I attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. I am very involved in the university’s photography department and currently a photographer for the schools newspaper. My love for photography has grown at an incredible rate in the past two years. I have such a passion for the art and have fallen in love with capturing the special moments. My favorite genres of photography include extreme sports such as motocross, outdoor portraits, and landscapes. Even though these three genres are completely different in approach, each can still tell a story with no words.

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