Donald’s Surprise Proposal at Luray Caverns

Those of you on my Facebook Page or Instagram probably saw the POST I did yesterday stating I love doing unique and challenging jobs, especially surprise proposals.   It is truly a thrill to be able to be apart of such an important moment in someone’s life and to be able to accurately capture that while being creative when the environmental conditions aren’t the best.

When Donald contacted me and told me what he had in store for his future fiancé I was excited to photograph it, but inside of a cave ins’t the easiest place to photograph well.  There are numerous bright yellow tungsten lights on the formations in an arrangement that wasn’t set up for photographing but for enhancing the view of the caverns so I had to make sure my composition stayed in a direction where the background would showcase the location of their proposal but also where the lighting behind them enhanced the image.  Also if I photographed them with just the speedlight I had set on a stand, their image wouldn’t have depth or dimension.  So I added an additional Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight behind one of the formations in the room thanks to Canon’s radio system.  Yes, that is correct; with the radio system Canon offers the speedlight can be triggered straight through rock. As a result the images came out as desired. Even straight out of camera they looked great.

I’m so happy for Donald and Daisy and look forward to working with them again in the future.

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