Pushing the envelope – The Nikon D3

Hello there,

David here, this one is slightly different, this post has nothing to do with wedding photography other than the event I shot was at one of my favorite Pembrokeshire wedding venues – The Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The event was a charity event for Noah’s Ark Appeal which is a charity aimed at helping build, equip and further maintain children’s hospitals in Wales.

Special guest for the night was Max Boyce – A Welsh legend  Following on from a fantastic Champagne reception and a magnificent 5 course meal Max entertained the collected guests for around 1/2 an hour.  I have to tell you I laughed my socks off – he was very very funny.

During Max’s time on stage I grabbed some photos, naturally I did not want to use flash to disturb his performance or the enjoyment of the guests.  The room was very dark with only a few lights on and behind Max was the disco setup for the evening – The DJ stand has lights on so to make things harder for me, Max was back lit (the main source of light was behind him)

Using a Nikon D3 camera, I shot around 40 photos of Max on stage, I used an ISO of 6400 and an aperture of 2.8 – This gave me a shutter speed of……wait for it……. only 1/20th of a second and I had to shoot it hand held as I could not use a tripod / mono-pod.

The following is one of the shots taken during this, the full size file has a little noise on it but is TOTALLY usable – I was amazed myself.  I have been shooting with D3’s for almost 18 months now and they still continue to amaze me.

Max Boyce - Welsh Entertainer

Earlier in the evening Max posed for a photo with Mrs P, my beautiful wife who came with me for the event.  It was kind of a special day as this was the first time we had left our two children overnight together.  The  hotel had kindly provided us with a room since we donated our time to the charity.  We had a great time away but I think Mrs P was glad to get back to see Joshua and Soukie.

Max Boyce and Nikki Purslow



David Purslow

wedding photography | WEDDINGSOctober 15, 2010 - 3:10 am

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