Photo Of The Day: A Pagan Ceremony by Alexander Ziegler of Spree-Liebe Wedding Photography

Spree-Liebe Wedding Photography

Wedding Photographer Berlin
Castle Rapperswil, County Zurich, Switzerland
Spree-Liebe Wedding Photography

I was able to document this traditional celtic pagan wedding in Switzerland. One of the wedding rituals was to drink mead wine from a drinking horn. When I saw the bride holding the horn in her hands the only thing I visualized was her transforming to a beautiful bird. I know this sounds crazy but I always was a daydreamer. And that’s part of the way I see the world, in the eyes of a child.

This image was in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson a classic decisive moment fading away so fast. I needed to trust my gut and stayed really close.

I anticipated my position because I wanted her eyes and hands to be seen in the photo. In the end I was lucky that I got all the important elements, both of them holding the drinking horn and her left eye had a glimpse directly to the groom. I took this photo using a Canon 5D III with Sigma 35mm Art lens at f4 / ISO100 / 1/1600sec. I used multi-field metering and underexpose -1 to get more details out of the highlights (wedding dress / sky). Perfect exposure out of the cam is really important for me, even more after my decision to fully switch to Fuji and photograph JPG only. I used a simple and clean bw conversation with some slight tone adjustments.

I love the complex composition and strong storytelling. When I pushed the trigger button I immediately knew that I got not even a perfect image but also an image everyone will remember because it has such an unusual aesthetic in addition.

 

Wedding Photographer Berlin
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The Select Bride’s Thoughts

A truly fascinating and magical image, expertly executed.

Our ‘Photo Of The Day‘ is a carefully selected image to help inspire you for your big day. Whether you’re a couple getting married or a wedding photographer shooting your next wedding, we want to show you great wedding photographers that think outside the box.  Each image we share has a lovely story behind it, whether it’s the technical details behind each shot or how the photographer arrived at the creative decision to capture it in all it’s glory.  Here at WPS & The Select Bride we’re passionate about great images, great wedding photographers and inspiring you at every turn.

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