Wedding Photographer Germany. Michael Epke-Wessel shares a wedding photography technique.

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My name is Michael Epke-Wessel. I am a wedding photographer from Germany and come from the Ruhr Valley in Germany, the city of Essen to be exact.

People from this area are known for their hard work. They also have the reputation of being open and straightforward. Another characteristic is that they have their hearts in the right place — I think these descriptions fit me as well!

Photography is my passion and it has been a part of me for a long time. A few years ago I dared to trade in my trusted position behind the camera for the nervous position of groom in front of the camera: so, I know exactly how you feel! With a trained eye, I am constantly on the lookout for the ideal subject and the perfect moment. I will not shy away from any effort to get the perfect shot: I will climb high to get a bird's eye perspective or lay low like a frogs!

The problem with this photo is not the technology but the challenge on the wedding day to position the bride and groom to be natural to shine in the pouring rain.

Fortunately, they were both very excited when I told you about my idea and we immediately went out into the pouring rain.

Before I got prepared two flashes and I taped each onto a lamp stand. Both flashes were triggered by a radio trigger. The white umbrella was used additionally as a reflector for the heads. What you can not see in the photo is that it was placed at a certain angle slightly before the bride and groom.

The photo itself was shot with my Nikon D3s at ISO 1600 and my Nikon 24-70mm, at 24mm f2.8 1/160. In the post-processing only the contrasts were raised and pulled the sharpness.

The photo itself was taken in the garden of a hotel in Germany where they were married. The two love this shot because it was a very special situation, despite the weather conditions.

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