11th place in Other Vendors

This photograph, taken by Aurel Virlan, was awarded 11th place in the Other Vendors category for the WPJA's 2009 Q3.

Photographer's Comment

It was a foggy morning on the beach in front of the hotel where the wedding took place. Detached from the rush of the previous night, I went out with the bride and groom for a photo session. I invited the groom to sit comfortably on the lounge chair. I asked them to throw their shoes on the sand. The bride came up with the idea to lie down directly on the sand. Feeling the potential of the fog that I wanted to take advantage of, I stepped back a little and lay on the sand to have a better perspective and a lower depth of field. I grabbed my 70-200mm objective and chose an open aperture. From the corner of my eye I saw the waitress bringing them a bottle of Champagne, ordered by one of the groom’s friends, who was following the whole scene from the hotel’s window. I felt there was no time for words and just started shooting frame after frame, crawling on the sand so that I could catch the right composition and framing.

Judges Comments

  • This has a nice timeless feel to it. The scene is natural as the bride and groom relax on the beach to sip champagne.

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