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From the beginning I knew that Barbor & Marek would be perfect couple, they were extremely calm, stylish, beautiful, relaxed and knew what they wanted. This location was recommended to me, I saw few pictures from this place and I loved it. It is old greenhouse, overgrown and stylish. However weather was not very collaborative and we had to shoot during very sunny time. No clouds, just light. So I knew I lost my greenhouse darkish mood and needed to improvise more. I was searching perfect spots in greenhouse, and suddenly I spotted this corner, in the back. The leaves on the glass-roof and glass-walls painted on white, I loved it. The light was still little too harsh, but was diffused a little by glass-roof and displayed beautiful shadow play behind them.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

Just few words about mood, that I want then to be relaxed, expressing love to each other. Kiss was very natural.

What did you say?

I just created atmosphere so they feel comfortable, asked them to express love to each other, so they can hug, or kiss, or just look at each other, using their hands actively.

How did you compose your image?

I chose minimalistic approach, so the environment of old greenhouse with leaves on the roof can take the main part. I placed couple in the lower third and I love symmetry. Therefore I found angle and spot, where they were standing just in the middle of this metal structure.

How and what did you focus on?

Just regular focusing on faces of my couple. I just moved my single focus point little lower, on the area where they had faces and clicked.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was probably the most challenging part of this picture, because we had very harsh light, clear sky with no clouds in the middle of the day. On the other hand we were in the greenhouse, so glass-roof kind of diffused light a little. So I knew I had to find spot, where this kind of light would become my friend not enemy.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon Z6

Lens

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

Filter

Tiffen BPM 1/4

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1250

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

50

White Balance

5200

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

When I uploaded this image to CameraRaw I noticed that it was not straight, so first thing I had to rotate and crop it a little. I used my colour preset and worked perfectly. I just did one adjustment and increase darks in curve section. The reason was quite simple, I wanted this image to be like painting from some impressionist, so I decided to soft it a little and reduce contrast.

Software Used

Adobe Photoshop

Preset

Custom Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge for me was to find spot with perfect light. When I spotted this painted wall and leaves I knew right away what to do.

How did you solve them?

Just looking around.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

First, you need to find this kind of greenhouse, that created most of this image. Leaves, wall were very specific and I had never seen anything like this before. If you find something close to this, then just try to show as much as you can from it, placing the couple in minimal part of frame. Then I would recommend to set the mood. If I would be at the same place before dawn for example, I would likely to pose more intimate, like they are alone there at this secret place.

Andrej Horsky

Shooting since

2010

Current Home

Slovakia

Website

Instagram

Telling story of two loving people is the main goal of my profession. It is not just story of their wedding day, but I try to get to know them, their families, their jobs, hobbies etc. and through this information capture the most important day of their lives. I am Andrej, I am from small country Slovakia and every wedding I am trying to tell better stories.

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