• afternoon
  • Mirrored
  • Soft Light
  • photoshop
  • Outdoor
  • Natural Light
  • Natural
  • Mountains
  • Moody
  • Montage
  • Mirror
  • broken rules
  • Manipulation
  • Hand movements
  • full body
  • Energetic
  • Directional Light
  • Creative
  • Cloudy
  • Center Framed
  • symmetry

The story behind the image

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After climbing a mountain, in the city of Ilha Bela-SP, we took a break to rest, the plan was to reach the highest part of the hill, but we saw a large mountain in the background and decided to stop right where we were and take our shots here.

This was an image I had already thought about doing, I was just waiting for the right day and place. the result was exactly as I imagined, the biggest thing that I paid attention to was to leave the hands in the brightest part of the image. That way, the mirrored effect would work much more easily as it’s easier to blend the skies together than strange objects.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I found a large rock and asked the couple to climb up one at a time and raise their hands up as if they were touching each other, at that moment they didn’t understand anything, but when they saw the result it was a pleasant surprise. The result was exactly as expected.

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What did you say?

Let’s do this, you’re going to climb that rock one at a time, I’m going to take two individual pictures of you, come on, put your hands up like you’re going to touch someone.

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I like centered images as this helps to highlight the couple, I used the large stone in the foreground and kept the mountain in the background more to the left side. I did this because I wanted their faces to also be within the brighter sky which would show the feeling of them “reaching” each other.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the couple’s faces. My camera works fine with autofocus so I don’t worry about that too much.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

couple's face

Equipment &

Sony a7iii
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
1/2500 @ f/1.4 ISO100 WB-Auto

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 really like this more diffused light in the late afternoon, but it was already getting dark because of the weather that was closing in. The cloudy weather made the image much more beautiful, dramatic and emotional to a sense. Since the light was very soft, It didn’t really matter where or how i positioned the couple as in any direction the light would be easy to work with.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I wanted something dark, and the weather was already very cloudy, so I used our Nomandie color preset, did all the colorization in lightroom and then exported the two images to photoshop to make the montage. One of the images I inverted, turning it upside down, and used the brush masks to mirror it.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The biggest concern was the rain that was approaching and the light that was leaving, when I remember this portrait session, I remember how difficult access to the place was, we passed a stream and a trail where there was a lot of mud which would have made it very difficult (and possibly dangerous) to get through if we left too late.

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We were very intentional in what we wanted, we didn’t waste time and everything worked out.

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Location Name

Ilha Bela - São Paulo

Location aDDRESS

Ilha bela- São Paulo

Loation Type




Use your imagination to your advantage, explore different places and get out of the ordinary.

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