Defining Moments

Defining Moments


We just got back from Italy where we were on assignment. Jennifer was hired to create a wide range of photographs for Pasqua Vineyards in Verona, and then we took a couple of days to explore Venice as well. Of course, we worked the entire time we were in Venice as we always do when we are on vacation... LOL

We had a crazy 16 hour flight to Atlanta where we would have a layover prior to heading home to Connecticut. As luck would have it we flew into Atlanta with some pretty wild thunderstorms making for a very bumpy ride. We were stuck in Atlanta for four extra hours, but the good news is that we made it home safely.

However, patience paid off. As we were reaching a cruising altitude I was watching this beautiful thunderstorm from a distance, and starting making a plan for capturing the lighting. I've never seen a perspective quite like this, but the question was "HOW". We are fortunate that we moved over to Lumix from Canon a few years ago. We could see that Lumix was outside the box in their thinking, and implementing new ways of capturing both still photographs as well as video. 4K Video is the same thing as taking 24 8 megapixel stills very second. So, in one strike of lighting we were able to pull out 16 interesting photographs from the video.

We are implementing this technology into our client projects as well. At weddings it's incredible to have so many amazing "extra" moments captured beyond the still photography. This is not only a way to backup all these real moments, but it's also a way to capture moments in a different way. The defining moment often happens in a split second, now it never escapes my lens. 

Charles Maring is a photographer and filmmaker at Maring Visuals, and a co-host / creator of the Together In Style talk show.