Image of the Week — Kim + Chris at the Thunderbird Lodge

This one’s from Kim and Chris’s amazing wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. During the planning process they told us that they were going to leave their ceremony by parasail which made us so excited because in the 500+ weddings we’ve photographed, this was something totally new.   They even brought champagne flutes up with them so they could enjoy a little bubbly in their “alone” time high in the sky.

Whenever we photograph on a small boat, we always bring our Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye lens because it’s the only lens that can give you a full view of the surrounding landscape as well as build in some layers to make the image a bit more complex.  With this lens, we can be right up close and still get a lot of context in the photograph, which is extremely helpful in tight spaces such as a boat. We knew we wanted to show the captain of the boat on the right side to more fully tell the story of them just launching off the stern as well as using his red shirt that mimics the parasail and contrasts with the blue lake and sky.  Typically the fisheye lens bends the horizon line and has a “look” but when used right and lined up properly, you can minimize that crazy look and get wide without getting whacky.

Technical Deets:

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: Nikon 16mm F2.8D

1/2000 sec., f4.0, ISO 100

–Photo by Matt