The story behind the image #3 Nail biting in Hertfordshire – by Mark
Marianne & Geoff had a fantastic summer wedding at the amazing venue Micklefield Hall in Hertfordshire.
Unfortunately the weather gods were not on their side and during the morning heavy rain showers swept in – they were prepared for this and they opted for “Plan B’ with the ceremony being held under a marquee by the house rather than in the open around the pond.
Geoff had been fine all morning but I felt that the last minute change of plans unnerved him a little. It was an organised chaos with all their family & friends quickly trying to get out of the rain and trying to get a place under the marquee. The wedding was about to happen and Geoff waited for Marianne.
I raised my camera and pre-focused on Geoff putting him in the right hand side of the image and then by panning to the left and by using a shallow depth of field I was able to show their gathered guests – keeping them out of focus so the focus was on Geoff.
Instinctively I felt that something was going to happen. I took an image of Geoff and without lowering the camera I kept him in focus and suddenly 13 seconds after the first image he raised his hand and bit his nails (it lasted just a couple of seconds) I took the picture and captured the moment.
Had I lowered the camera between images and had not kept looking at him through the camera I would not have got the image. Interestingly when I spoke with Geoff a couple of months later he told me he was totally unaware that he had bitten his nails and was mildly shocked when he saw the photograph.
In the post production I cropped the image which took away the microphones behind his back which I felt were annoying – the cropping not only improved the focus on Geoff it also improved the composition by placing his eye and hand in the *Rule of Thirds.
*The Rule of Thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would. Source: Wikipedia.