Men drinking beer at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.
I took informal photos at a friends’ wedding reception sometime back. The celebration was set high up above the Chew Valley, a beautiful area not far south of Bristol. I took a lot of shots but, looking back on it now, I wish I’d taken more – and that I’d had the love of my life – the 70-300 – with me, as well as the 24-120.
Being a good friend of the happy couple I was given carte blanche to fire away as and when I chose, and very, very little was posed >>> I’d very much like to have another crack at something like this.
To me, the man in the foreground is a strong, even powerful figure, with his closely cropped dark hair and beard – someone swigging seriously from his bottle and wanting it, almost frowning, deeply enjoying it in a masculine way, with an almost bullish determination.
The drinker in the background is different. He is tilting his head slightly further back – enjoying the experience in a lighter and slightly more gourmet way maybe? – and he has a rather “softer” and more conventional haircut, and his clothes are paler. Perhaps he does not display quite the same solid determination. And, certainly, his appearance there, slightly out of focus and duplicating his friend’s stance, provides a repeating pattern that adds to the shot.
Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 1000 ISO; conversion to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping in at the Sepia Landscape preset.