Originally, I had written a 2800-word blog post (give or take). Yikes! Way too long! I think the human attention span tends to get a nervous tic over anything past 1200 words (which is the length I try to stick to but oftentimes never successfully manage). I personally can’t stand reading uber-long posts, no matter how helpful they may be; I tend to skim over them and just look at the pictures. I’d forgotten about this, though, in my 2800-word zeal to get everything down about my experience photographing this wedding. Then, I started reading some short but neat blog posts by Scottseyephotos about his photographic trip to Hallo Bay, AK, and I realized I was far more interested reading his numerous, interesting short blog posts than I would have been had he combined all of his bear articles into a single post. So, I’ve separated this original post into several shorter ones.
Here’s the First Post, which I hope whets your photographic-blogospheric appetite for the next post:
I had the great fortune to photograph Josh & Maegan’s wedding in Galveston, Texas, back in late April (2013). The venue was the San Luis Resort. I reserved a room for the weekend and prepared for the event.
What I took with me:
- Canon 1-DX body + 3 spare batteries
- Canon 5D Mk III body + 4 spare batteries
- A rented Canon 6D body (go read my previous blog for my take on this body)
- Canon 85mm f1.2L lens (which I absolutely loved but never used for this event)
- Canon 50mm f1.2L lens
- Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II lens
- Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II lens
- A rented Canon 14mm f2.8L lens (go read my previous blog for my take on this lens)
- A 7’ parabolic white umbrella
- 2 Canon 600 EX-RT flashes (one of them was a rental)
- Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter
- Gary Fong flash head diffuser dome
- 2 lightstands (of which I only used one of them)
- One 500-watt studio light (which I did not use but now wish I had for the groomsmen shots instead of my flash – that way I could have seen right away how the lighting situation would look).
- Induro 8X CT314 tripod legs and Induro BHD3 ballhead (I only used it for the HDR shots of my room interior and balcony view, believe it or not – all of the wedding shots were hand-held)
- 42 memory cards, both CF and SDHD in 4GB and 8GB capacities
- 15” Laptop
- 2 portable hard drives
- 2 memory card readers (in case something happened to one of them)
- Battery charger for each type of battery
- My portable MiFi (never used it since the resort had free WiFi)
- All the assorted cords and connecters needed to power up the other items listed
- My LowePro Slingshot AW 202 camera backpack
- My Think Tank Airport Commuter camera backpack
- My Photoflex Transpac to carry all my lighting equipment (it turned out to be rather large and exceedingly heavy, so I plan on ordering something smaller to take with me for my next gig)
I’ve written a TripAdvisor review including photos of my room and the resort. Suffice to say that I enjoyed my stay, liked my room, loved the view, but wished they had provided me with a different type of coffee maker . A small complaint, but coffee is a mainstay for me when traveling and working with photos on my laptop. I usually pack my own coffee and filters with the assumption the room has a 4-cup coffee maker. It didn’t work with this particular room.
Looking down at the wedding venue from Josh & Maegan’s 16th-floor penthouse suite.
Now you have the location and the venue. Next post: my first photo op with the bride and her crew.