• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Montanhas
  • Sunrise
  • Sony A7III
  • soft
  • Single Shot
  • Single Focus Point
  • Rokinon 35mm / f 1.4
  • Natural Light
  • natural frames
  • Intimate Framing
  • Alev Presets
  • intimate
  • full body
  • clear
  • Center Framed
  • calm
  • Brasil
  • Autofocus
  • almost kiss
  • symmetry

The story behind the image

When the couple approached us, they wanted a photoshoot in our city, but after taking so many pictures at the same locations, I suggested the possibility of photographing in Pedro’s (the groom’s) city. They were very happy about it because the place is amazing and they didn’t even imagine that they could have a photoshoot in a completely different location. So we went to the south of Maranhão, a 10-hour drive, and arrived around 4 am to catch the sunrise. At the top of this mountain, there is a tourist spot called “Pedra Furada,” and the sun rises exactly behind this rock formation. So I took advantage of the whole scenery and couldn’t miss this silhouette photo
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to go to the center of the rock and stand facing each other.

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What did you say?

Stand with your faces close to each other but without touching and without too much movement, just contemplate each other’s presence.

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Tone of Directions



Pedra Furada is a well-known spot, having a couple in the center with the sun in the background would bring me a very good result of a silhouette, like a painting for an art exhibition.

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Compositional Rules



Center FramedFull BodyNatural FramesIntimate Framing


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I used Sony’s auto focus, which is absurdly fast and precise.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

No rosto do casal

Equipment &

Sony a7iii
Rokinon 35mm / f 1.4
1/8000 @ f/2,5 ISO200 WB-automático

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I used the backlight to create a cutout of the couple and exposed for the highlights. This naturally means the subjects would be very underexposed and create the silhouette that I was after.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

The editing was very simple, I applied my presets and decreased the exposure.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used


Scaling the mountain before sunrise was one of the challenges, we arrived at the top very tired, but it was worth it.

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We arrived early at the location so we wouldn’t miss the correct light for this type of photography.

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Location Name

Carolina MA

Location aDDRESS

Praça Alípio Carvalho, 50, Carolina - MA, 65980-000, Brazil

Loation Type




It is very important to emphasize that light makes all the difference in this type of photography, when you want something like a silhouette, try to shoot at times when the sun is horizontal and in the background of the main subject.

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