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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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How did you direct 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.

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.

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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


How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Sony A7 III


Rokinon 85mm f/1.4





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic



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What challenges did you face?

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.

How did you solve them?

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

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

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

Alev Foto

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We are Léo and Sudy. Passionate about life, we love photography, music, and animals. We believe that we are made of memories, we are the places we know, the people we live with, the laughs we share… And photography says a lot about that. We embarked on this adventure 3 years ago, and since then, we have fallen even more in love with this universe and have given ourselves entirely to recording stories of unique people who are not afraid to live intensely every second.

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