I had the privilege of attending the wedding of two dear friends of mine not long ago, Mike and Lisa, a few photos of which may appear at some point in the future. Both Mike and Lisa are global nomads like myself. Mike, a friend of several years, and I shared a house last year in Papua New Guinea. I met Lisa face-to-face for the first time two days before the wedding, but we had been corresponding for eight months and already struck up a good friendship. I share many things in common with both of them, not least among which being a love for travel and for writing.
They got married in the garden of Lisa’s parents house on a hillside behind the sleepy seaside town of Ballina, in northern New South Wales. The view was spectacular, and the weather just perfect for an outdoors wedding. From a photographic perspective, one of my favourite features was this view across the ridgeline to a lone tree standing in an empty adjacent field. With the garden flowers in the foreground (I love Frangipani) and the afternoon light, I took several snaps of this vista. In this particular shot I’ve used a shallow depth of field and focussed nice and close to the lens so that the tree behind is thrown into a faint blur- still clear enough to show what it is, but indistinct enough that the emphasis is on its form and the lighting, rather than any particular details.
Just playing, really.