Susan Stripling Photography
Oheka Castle, set quietly on the North Shore of Long Island, was the summer home of Otto Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a philanthropist and financier and the name Oheka is derived from his own - Otto Herman Kahn. Oheka was built around 1915 and remains the second largest private home in the United States. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1984, Oheka has been owned by Gary Melius. Melius completely restored the home to its’ original glory. Oheka is a stellar location for a wedding, being both warmly welcoming and luxurious at the same time. It was at Oheka Castle that this 2014 Indian wedding took place. The bride got ready in Oheka’s bridal suite and I took this image of her henna’ed hands before the wedding ceremony started. It’s just a simple, window-light image but I love it for its’ simplicity. Oftentimes photographers like to do tricky things, lighting their subjects in a thousand different ways. While trickery is fun, sometimes the most powerful images are the simplest ones. I chose to photograph this image with my Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 I deliberately kept the center of her palms in focus, letting everything from her fingertips through the rest of the image to fall gently further out of focus the farther it got from the henna’ed swirls right in the middle of her hands.

Location: 135 Westgate Dr, Huntington, NY 11743.

Keywords: Huntington (36), Indian (42), Oheka Castle (48). 1/160; f/1.4; ISO 640; 85.0 mm.