Could this be the best wedding photo EVER Couple”s patience rewarded with star-studded portrait
As wedding photographs go, this extraordinary shot is certainly out of this world.
A couple were delighted when talented photographer Lakshal Perera managed to capture them with the star-filled Milky Way as their backdrop.
Amazingly, the image was taken in a single 71 second exposure, with the camera”s sensor set to extra sensitive to capture the dim light from the distant stars, as newly-married Shirley and Warren Andrews stood very still.
Stellar: Newly-wed Shirley and Warren Andrews celebrate their marriage with this astonishing portrait, set against the stunning backdrop of the Milky Way galaxy
It was taken on a farm in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, where ex-pat Shirley lives and works with her new Aussie husband.
Lakshal, from Melbourne, explains: ‘Shirley has just moved over from the UK to live on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Australia with Warren who grew up in that town. They met while working in the UK.
‘The owner of the farm had very kindly allowed them to use the back shed which just last week had been filled with tractors and farm tools. The shed was lit with a single string of very dim fairy lights and about 50 candles. It was only one photo and they stood pretty damn still.
‘I took four test images, at much higher ISOs so I could reduce shutter times, before I grabbed the bride and groom and took two frames using the bulb mode. The first exposure was 59 seconds which I thought was slightly underexposed in the sky so I tried again and just counted out a little longer.
‘The reception from Shirley and Warren has been awesome, they”ve been so excited about having an image like this for themselves. They”ve shared the image around everywhere and have told people how much they love it which is wonderful.’
Shirley said: ‘This is my wedding photo and if this was the only photo that existed from the day I would still be extremely happy… Not only is it a bit mind-blowing and well captured creatively, it also expresses my husband and I in a much larger sense of who we are.
‘No matter the technical settings and highlights, and I am a professional photographer myself, this image could not be more perfect to me!’
The astonishing picture has caused hot debate in the photographic world, with some people thing the image cannot be real and must have been digitally manipulated.
Discussing the technical aspects of the shoot, Lakshal explains: ‘The image itself is a 71 second exposure (locked off on a Mantrotto Tripod), f/5.6, ISO4000 shot with a Canon 16-35mm f2.8L at 17mm using a Canon 5d Mk3.
‘I”ve seen the image around in a few places now and there seems to be quite a discussion as to whether the image is real or a composite or Photoshopped, etc.
“People are saying it can”t be real because there”s no star trails and the sky isn”t that bright. I haven”t really bothered to counter those claims as I enjoy the mystery of it however I can tell you it is indeed a single exposure.
“There are in fact star trails everywhere, it”s just no one can see them at the image sizes that are available online.’