the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

Ilha Bela - São Paulo

Location aDDRESS

Ilha bela- São Paulo



Location TYPE




Sony a7iii




Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Hand movements Natural


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 was said

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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Why I composed the way I did

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 Broken Rules Full Body Symmetry


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

couple's face

Focus description

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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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

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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Soft Light Directional Light Moody Natural Light Cloudy Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used


How I edited 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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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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.

Solutions I found

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


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

Alev Foto

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