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HMS Warrior, Portsmouth - Wedding

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by Radiohead, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. An interesting venue for yesterday's wedding - very impressive but a nightmare for light. The ceremony was on the gun deck (ie, indoors) and the ship is about 80 feet width with no light from above and 7 foot ceilings with steel girders every 8 feet - so trying to bounce up meant the light was stopped from spreading by the girders. The only natural light was from the cannon portholes every 15 feet or so, so I was at ISO2000 from the word go. Outside on the main deck the sun was in and out of clouds all day and really windy. I haven't used flash so much for ages and got through 3 sets of AA's.

    Some early shots as I go:

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    ISO 1600

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 800

    NIKON D3    ---    35mm    f/2.0    1/60s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    27mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    27mm    f/2.8    1/100s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/100s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    32mm    f/2.8    1/8000s    ISO 400

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/3.2    1/8000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    50mm    f/2.8    1/4000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    70mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 2000

    NIKON D3    ---    62mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 2000
  2. This one is only here to show the amount of natural light I had to play with:

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 2000

    And this one to show how dark it was down the deck and how the girders killed my efforts to bounce:

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/3.5    1/60s    ISO 2000
  3. I think you did a great job-regardless of the limitations imposed on you. B&W adds to the historic feel of the location. Is this a common/popular place for a wedding?
  4. Thank you. Still loads more to work through.

    It is - they hire it out fairly often. Not the most favourable location I've ever had though!
  5. 130meow


    Apr 22, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I have always enjoyed your wedding photos... good job again.
  6. All lovely stuff as usual. Had it been me shooting here with my pretty poor understanding of flash I think I would have sat in the darkest corner of the room rocking back and forth mumerring to myself lol
  7. guy
    awesome images
    the one with the couple on deck... with the PERFECT sun flare... awesome
    the one with the girl in the (almost) mid-air leap... LOVE it
    and... so many other fantastic images
    in the end.... this shoot was BETTER THAN MOST you do, BECAUSE of the unusual locale

    thanks, as always, for sharing, guy
  8. Fantastic. I have a personal interest here. My great grandmother's brother was a sergeant of artillery with the Royal Marines and served on the Warrior around 1881. The views of the gun-deck show me his "office" quite well.

  9. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Very nice, I visited the Warrior on holiday a couple of years ago. I didn't know they did weddings there, very cool location for it.
  10. Thanks all

    Bruce - that was quite a year I think. We were looking at the roster of Captains over the years and one chap in 1881 only lasted 3 weeks. Killed in action apparently.
  11. another as I process them:

    One from Friday:

    NIKON D3    ---    50mm    f/2.0    1/6400s    ISO 200
  12. If he was killed in action, it wasn't on HMS Warrior. In it's entire career, it never fired a shot in anger. At the time it had no rivals and England had no rivals on the sea.

  13. Very nice job in difficult conditions. I like many of the shots and I bet they did as well.
  14. love this one, guy
    i hope that you'll show us many more, when your busy schedule permits

    are you shooting another wedding today?
  15. What a waste.

    Something I only found out today was that my Mum, who served as a wren and met my father in the RN (He was a submariner for 22 years on both diesel and nuclear boats), has HMS Warrior on her cap badge when she was stationed at HMS Nelson in the late 60's. Small world.
  16. Thanks Greg - not today no. A nice weekend off.
  17. 4 more

    NIKON D3    ---    24mm    f/3.2    1/4000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    50mm    f/2.2    1/2500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    50mm    f/2.0    1/8000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    50mm    f/2.2    1/8000s    ISO 200
  18. BrendaC


    Sep 24, 2007
    Very unique place for a wedding for sure. Your images are beautiful, you did a great job.
  19. Stunning shots Guy.
    Love em ALL.
    VERY lucky cpl. A.to get to have Warrior as backdrop and B.YOU as photog!

    Making me homesick for South Coast though :( 
  20. Thanks both - they couple are absolutely delighted with them so I'm chuffed.

    Where on the South Coast?
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