Palm Springs in the summer is over 100 degrees even in the morning. The trick is to shoot in the winter time, when the temp is a mere 60 degrees in the morning, and may get up to 75 in the afternoon. I shot this in the middle of one of the windmill farms near the freeway. The trailer belonged to the couple, and I had them back it down the road into the windmill farm. Since this was shot with a wide aperture, I had to use high speed sync to light this. There is no way a normal speedlite could have done this, so I used my Phottix Indra500 to light it.
Caption: Palm Springs Windmill Engagement Photography
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/6,400 sec, f/4, ISO 250, Compensation: -1/3
Flash: Off camera, Fired
Keywords: Engagement, desert, engagement photography, palm springs, portrait, strobist, teardrop trailer, windmill, windmills
Date: November 28, 2015 9:50:51AM
Location: Desert Hot Springs, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.906006, -116.567914
Old Town Temecula – After Dark
When a bride wants to shoot after dark, most photographers will run for the hills, or just make excuses as to why she should schedule her shoot in the daylight. Me – the darkness is my playground. Just give me a strobe and a camera, and I can create a romantic wonderland not visible to the naked eye.
Tritia wanted to start in the afternoon, and shoot into the evening. We started at Wilson Creek in Temecula’s winery row, where she got several romantic vineyard shots. After a short break, we headed for Old Town Temecula.
After several shots near City Hall, the sun went down, and my lights came out.
This shot has romance written all over it, and to me really shows this couple’s obvious love affair.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/200 sec, f7.1, ISO 800, Single strobe in manual mode behind the couple triggered with a Phottix Odin
All processing, and the black and white conversion done in Lightroom