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Going Abstract while Shooting Weddings : Olympus OMD-EM5 with M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Hindu Wedding Ceremony is fun! It is colourful, cheerful, glittering and full of noise. I Love it! The only thing that bothers me is the ‘photographers’ in it. They use D-SLRs! That is not the only thing that bothers; they also use flashes! And they use it probably in all of their shots. I think, I haven’t used a flash for at least one year during my work assignments and hobbies. I prefer natural lighting; and what I know about my clients, they also want their picture to look naturally-lit as well.

But, the regular D-SLR holding wedding photographers of India make those clients understand that, if they are ‘unflashed’ they will look bad; horribly darker in complexion! And in India, where fairness-cream is probably the second best-selling thing ( next only to Condoms ), is a big NONO! So, professional wedding photographers keep their D-SLRs flashing while making money and creating the most boring ever wedding albums of photographic history and the history of wedding. Then, I dare to propose something New!

Some Beautiful Moments (Shutter speed - 1/60 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Auspicious Dots (Shutter Speed - 1/50 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Blessings (Shutter Speed - 1/100 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

As you already know that I use an Olympus OMD EM5 with several lenses, I always keep the 45mm f/1.8 for my wedding assignments. It is a Marvelous lens! With the EM5 body, it is faster than anything I have experienced and in a three-day-drama of big fat Indian Wedding a fast auto-focus matters a lot. It is about moments, moments of someone’s Lifetime! After using this gear for almost 5 assignments I could ask for nothing more. It helps me being discreet while capturing moments, full with overlooked emotions and some amazing perspective which normally people miss in a wedding album.

Blessing with Turmeric (Shutter Speed - 1/100 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 250 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Ritual with betel-leaf, and mustard oil (Shutter Speed - 1/100 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 250 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Then, I went on thinking something bolder. I tried to go abstract with that very concrete assignment and began to think if that fits; and luckily I got a client who gave me the privilege and freedom to span my wings. In this way I also got a way to test myself with that awesome M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 and EM5.

Covering the mouth of evil (Shutter Speed - 1/50 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Hidden Bride (Shutter Speed - 1/100 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 400 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Exchanging Lives (Shutter Speed - 1/500 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Promises made with Hand-in-Hand (Shutter Speed - 1/200 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Sacrifices to the God of Fire (Shutter Speed - 1/400 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

In conclusion I must say that, photography is a risky business. Here, gears get old in months; and to make your client satisfied, you have to undergo risks and a full flight of your imagination. I love weddings! I love the amalgamation of two souls witnessed by religion, relatives and reception. And I love the way it makes me feel special, when I see a special glittering in the eyes of the newly-weds receiving their wedding album photographed by me! This 45mm f/1.8 has given me such a job-satisfaction, I recommend it strongly to you people who think different and dare to break the rules.

Dream’s Apart (Shutter Speed - 1/100 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 400 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

Aroma of Wedding (Shutter Speed - 1/40 sec ; Aperture - f/1.8 ; ISO - 800 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5)

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