Chinese Sky Lanterns Released During Reception
Michael Caswell Photography

Chinese Sky Lanterns Released During Reception

Floating Chinese sky lanterns, also sometimes called wish lanterns, look beautiful as they gently rise up into the evening sky.  They can be a little tricky to launch successfully, as you need to light the candle and let it fill up the space inside with hot air, which is what enables it to rise... simply lighting and releasing it will cause it to immediately fall to the ground.

This photograph was my favorite in this series, and was shot with no flash, using only the light provided from the lantern the couple was releasing.  Although the old adage of, "it's the photographer, not the camera" that creates a good picture is certainly true, it's also an inescapable truth that there are some images that just would not be possible to capture with the cameras that existed only 8-10 years ago.

Location: 1500 Stonebridge Dr, Gretna, LA 70056.