Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Laura and Alessandro wanted to say their most important “yes, I do” surrounded by the timeless beauty of the Dolomites. We therefore decided to shoot at sunset, in a place where I knew the light would be perfect. So we parked the car and started walking, and after about half an hour we came upon an almost lunar landscape. Surrounded by mountains glowing in the sunset light, I placed them on a white rock. I told them to look into each other’s eyes and hug. I stepped back because I wanted intimacy between them, and I was looking for as wide-angle a shot as possible; I wanted them to be framed by the mountains but still have their faces distinguishable.

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Location

Location Name

Dolomites

Location aDDRESS

Passo Giau, Cortina

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

Mountains

Equipment

Camera

Sony A7R iii

Flash

None

Lens

Sony 24-70MM F2.8 GM

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tone of Directions

Calm

Action of Directions

Cuddling Intimate Kissing Natural Playful

Description

I didn’t want to pose the bride and groom in too much detail; I wanted them to look as natural as possible. As they were staying on a rock, their mobility was limited. I approached them and advised the groom, Alexander, to hug his wife from behind. I shot, but the light coming from behind darkened their faces so I asked them to position themselves side by side. In this way they would have no shadows in their faces. I noticed that the more I left them alone the more magic was created between them, the glances, the caresses, became more real. so I tried to move as far away as possible and let them get lost in each other’s eyes, and I noticed that the framing by backing away was even more successful, as the couple was framed by other rocks that I had not initially considered in the frame

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What was said

Guys, you are amazing. The color of your skirt, Laura, matches perfectly with this light. Seeing you there, standing in front of me, is like looking at a painting. I would love you to act as you were alone, without me, looking at each other’s eyes. Try to feel the wind in your hair, the nature that surround you. Try to feel you two as a part of the landscape, and look at you loved one remembering how lucky you are to have found each other.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

Initially I was looking for an intimate shot – I started shooting standing very close to the couple. Then I realized that I could take advantage of the rocks beside them as elements of the composition. I noticed that putting the subjects in the center of the image would create three lines that would enhance the image: the sky, the ground, and the subject with the mountains behind. I placed the bride and groom in the center making sure that none of the lines of the mountains were behind their bodies so that their figure would stand out. I noticed that the yellow tree on their right created an unsymmetrical element, but that could be balanced if I also included the large rock on the left in the frame.

My goal was to have an intimate shot, with the bride and groom not too small, but still within a larger frame surrounding them.

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines Rule of Thirds

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Lower Thirds Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

Arm of the Groom

Focus description

Although it’s strange, I always shoot with a single point of focus. i find it better because this way I don’t allow the camera to choose for me. In this case the bride and the groom were very close to each other, and I was quite far from the subject so it wasn’t difficult to get them in focus. I directed the single point of focus at the groom’s arm hugging the bride

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Shutter Speed

1/500

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

shooting at sunset, the light is soft and it was not difficult to direct it. initially, however, by placing the subjects turned with their heads turned to the camera, the faces were very much in shadow. when I placed them in side instead, I noticed that the lighting worked better by contouring them entirely

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Type of light

Natural Light

Time of Day

Sunset

Quality of LIght

Soft Backlit

Weather

Cloudy

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

own custom preset

How I edited this image

I put a hint of blue in the highlights and a hint of orange in the shadows. I adjusted the white balance. I worked on the color and tone, saturation and luminance. I wanted the bride’s pink-shaded skirt to match those of the sunset, in accordance with the soft tones of the ground and rocks. At last, I removed some of the clearness and lowered the texture to give the photo a softer, more embracing effect.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The subjects were on the top of a rock, and they were unable to move properly

Solutions I found

I was forced to move myself instead and I’ve tried different perspectives

Advice

The place where we shot was difficult to reach and it took us about half an hour of walking uphill. Not every couple would have gone along with this request. I would only return to shoot here with a client willing to walk up the mountain in wedding attire. And especially one who is not afraid of heights, as the rock on which the couple posed was high up and did not allow them to move easily
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Photographed by

Anna Ascari

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