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Shogo and Namiko’s Wedding: Hors d’Oeuvre Reception
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Picking up from yesterday's post about my brother-in-law Shogo getting married, after the “chapel wedding” and outside photo ops, we moved inside for a short hors d'oeuvre reception before the main banquet reception.

Shogo Makes a Short Speech while Namiko simply radiates ( By the way, a different — and amazing — version of this photo appears here ) -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shogo Makes a Short Speech
while Namiko simply radiates
( By the way, a different — and amazing — version of this photo appears here )

Soon the couple was whisked away for some backstage preparations or other, and the guests were left to fend for themselves with an open bar and a wide variety of apparently-delicious hors d'oeuvres that I didn't get around to enjoying myself because I preferred to enjoy the camera.

However, the room made it really challenging, with direct sunlight streaming in on one side, over to dark and cozy shadows at the other. If I had the least bit of confidence with a flash I probably would have made it much easier on myself, but I'm very much an ambient light kind of guy, so I had to make do the best I could...

The Room bright sunlight at left, father of the bride at center, subdued lighting at right -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
The Room
bright sunlight at left, father of the bride at center, subdued lighting at right
Anthony and His Mom and Her Mom nephew, sister, and mother of the groom ( son, wife, and mother-in-law of me ) -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and His Mom and Her Mom
nephew, sister, and mother of the groom
( son, wife, and mother-in-law of me )
Orange Juice in an Adult Glass ( it was fresh squeezed, and very good ) -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Orange Juice in an Adult Glass
( it was fresh squeezed, and very good )
Curious George Drank Nothing he's a stuffed monkey, silly ( though he does have a passport ) -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Curious George Drank Nothing
he's a stuffed monkey, silly
( though he does have a passport )
Father of the Groom Enjoyed a Well-Earned Beer -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Father of the Groom Enjoyed a Well-Earned Beer

I'm really happy with the photo above, because it's more than just blind luck. I purposefully put the sunlight at his back, and dropped down to create an imposing angle, knowing (or at least hoping) that his great smile would turn the “imposing angle” into something warm and inviting and fun, something that accurately reflected the mood. It's not the best photo in the world, but I think the result is good.

Some of the Hors d'Oeuvres veggies presented as a fun and healthy snack -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Some of the Hors d'Oeuvres
veggies presented as a fun and healthy snack

Only some light snacks are shown above, but the volume and variety of hors d'oeuvres were such that I wondered whether that was the main meal, so had to ask. Anthony had enough beef to hold him to dinner, even though a full okosama plate (“Most-Honorable-Child's Meal”) awaited him at the banquet reception.

Investigating the Offerings -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Investigating the Offerings
Blank Slate prior to the guests being invited to decorate it -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Blank Slate
prior to the guests being invited to decorate it
Anthony Adds Some Fruit Slices -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony Adds Some Fruit Slices
Writing a Note With Chocolate Frosting -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Writing a Note With Chocolate Frosting

Anthony has had some practice writing with frosting, having been able to play with the leftovers from these cookies that Fumie prepared when he turned seven, almost a year ago.

Anthony's Note “congratulations” -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66 mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony's Note
“congratulations”
More Friends, More Notes -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
More Friends, More Notes
Group Effort -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Effort
Creating a Work of Art -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Creating a Work of Art

The guy in the photo above spent quite a while drawing a picture, but for the life of me I can't find the photo of it that I thought I took, so this is a big fail on my part. :-(

And speaking of fails, the focus in this next shot is horribly off...

Shogo College Buddy horribly out of focus in the darkest part of the room -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Shogo College Buddy
horribly out of focus in the darkest part of the room

I ventured into the darker reaches of the room, and even at f/1.4 and ISO 6,400, I was still pushing my luck. I've written many times about the Nikon D700's low-light prowess (such as in “Impossible Photography: No Light, No Tripod, No Hope. D700 and a 50mm f/1.2”), but you still need enough light to focus well, and enough skill to put it all together, and I was missing both.

I was borrowing the new Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 from Stéphane Barbery, along with his camera (so that I had two Nikon D700 bodies, and could have two lenses at the ready at all times), so maybe I would have had better focus luck by using its autofocus. But I prefer to focus manually, and sometimes pay the price for my arrogance.

Family Meeting parents of the couple chat, while Anthony downs another OJ -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Family Meeting
parents of the couple chat, while Anthony downs another OJ
No-Nonsense. Serious. Father of the Groom -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
No-Nonsense. Serious.
Father of the Groom
Okay, Maybe Not So Serious sharing a fun moment with his niece (the oldest daughter of his sister, who is just out of frame) -- Wedding of Shogo and Namiko Matsunaka -- Nagoya, Aichi, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Okay, Maybe Not So Serious
sharing a fun moment with his niece (the oldest daughter of his sister, who is just out of frame)

After this was the full-on banquet reception.

Continued here...


Comments so far....

Having enjoyed our son’s wedding a couple of weeks ago, it is fascinating to see these, and you have made a wonderful informal record for the whole family to enjoy (as well as us outsiders). And I’m very pleased you didn’t use flash, the atmosphere is conveyed so well in these photographs. Thanks for sharing the occasion !

— comment by Peter in Wales on October 5th, 2010 at 2:07am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

Good to see you are enjoying photography! So, now that you have tried both the old and the new 85/1.4, do you see any significant difference in practical use?

Regards,
Edgar.

About the only thing I noticed so far is that it’s easier to switch back and forth between MF and AF with the new one. —Jeffrey

— comment by Edgar Bonet on October 5th, 2010 at 5:44am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

The out-of-focus Shogo College Buddy actually has an incredibly sharp, in-focus right hand!

What setting were you using for the AF? Center-select? Can you tell from the EXIF where did the camera thinks it focused?

Or maybe you were hand-focusing, in which case the above sentence is irrelevant…

EZ

Sorry for not being clear… it was in manual-focus mode. —Jeffrey

— comment by EZ on October 5th, 2010 at 7:48am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

“No-Nonsense. Serious. ”
Most, MOST excellent photo. That made me laugh out loud in absolute delight when I saw it. Fumie & Shogo’s father’s expression makes me like him just from that photo alone.

— comment by Marcina (USA) on October 5th, 2010 at 9:04am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I particularly enjoyed seeing a wedding cake that the guests helped decorate. And, I very much like the available light photos your D700 produces.

— comment by Tom on October 5th, 2010 at 12:09pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

@Marcina (USA) wrote:
‘No-Nonsense. Serious. ‘
“Most, MOST excellent photo. That made me laugh out loud in absolute delight when I saw it. Fumie & Shogo’s father’s expression makes me like him just from that photo alone.”

I had to go back and look at it… _then_ I noticed Curious George hiding in the jacket, and laughed out loud! Didn’t even see him before! It makes the expression on Fumie’s Dad’s face look perfect! ^_^

Loving these photos Jeffrey. Wanted to let you know, also, that I am about 1 week from my first DSLR, a Canon T2i (buying from my son who is upgrading to a 60D). I will start off with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom. Hopefully will add a faster prime later on. If I am able to produce a fraction of the quality you have shown on your blog, I will be happy. Thanks for all the inspiration!

— comment by Gary in GR-MI on October 7th, 2010 at 1:37am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

“Orange juice in an adult glass” is a beautiful portrait. It is spot on technically and has a wonderful luminosity. The catch lights in the eyes are perfect.

Thanks for your kind words, but technically the focus is way off…. a few cm in front of the near eye, where it should be. I’m always having focus issues… I need to tighten up that ship. Luckily, this is not a photo blog, so I feel free to put technically-poor shots like this up, because they help tell the story I want to share. The world deserves to see my kid. :-) —Jeffrey

— comment by John on October 7th, 2010 at 5:16am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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