Since the last couple of posts have been “monumental” pictures, I thought I’d do one more, but in a different kind of setting. This is a series of images from a twilight portrait session I did with a couple on the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel, obviously in Washington, DC. The Hay Adams is across the street from Lafayette Park and offers a great view of the White House, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
A lot of times couples having winter weddings or evening ceremonies will ask me if doing their portrait session after the sun goes down means their pictures will not be as good. I always tell them that while it does limit your options somewhat, it doesn’t mean you can’t get great images. It just takes a little more effort and it’s a different look and feel.
These images were captured with a little supplemental video light on the couple along with high ISO and fast lenses using shallow depth of field. Since the video light is tungsten, it provides the added benefit of making the sky a little bluer when you color balance for the light on the couple.
On this image below, I wanted to separate the edge of the White House from the railing where the couple is standing. You’ll notice the camera perspective is a little left of the fence line. Recall that we are on the roof and any further left would be a 9 story drop to the ground!