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After their beach ceremony Bonnie + Scott got hiked to this waterfall in Whittier, Alaska. They hiked it before and wanted to go back on their wedding day and get photos there! I was inspired by the light and how it hit the mist off of the waterfall!

It was a glowing force in my eyes and It was SO LOUD and THUNDEROUS that it was hard to hear over the water and it was magical to feel it on my feet in the warm sun!

I learned a lot in editing that the mist creates a cool “fog” over the photo!

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

Because the waterfall was so loud I knew they wouldn’t be able to hear me. I told them to walk to the waterfall and just do slow and romantic movements. Dance a little, smooch a little and embrace in the mist of this glacier spring!

What did you say?

“I know you won’t be able to hear me over the loud water so when you walk over there to that log, face each other with your bodies and then dance and sway! Then slowly smooch and repeat!”

How did you compose your image?

I wanted the ENTIRE scene in this photo. From the treetops to the pebbles in the river. It was such a marvel to see with naked eyes that I knew in camera it would need to be a wide angle!

I grabbed my 24mm and shot all that glowing light and mist until my heart was content!

How and what did you focus on?

I focus on the couple and the mist! I wanted the wind in her hair to be wild and natural ! It was difficult due to the water droplets, mist and glare but I shot pretty wide open to try and capture it all.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was a bright sunny day and the waterfall was deep in the mountains/woods. The light in there was spotty and coming from behind a hill. It shown through a crack in the waterfall line and lit up the water as it splashed.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/640

Aperture

f/4.0

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

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

I used a base of Dawn Photo Campfire presets and touched it up to fit a more warmer toned, dense and moody vibe.

The light coming through the cracks was so beautiful but I used both the brush tools and gradient light to really make it pop and come alive! I added more light, texture, dehazing and sharpening to view more water droplets as well.

Software Used

Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The challenges as always is nature itself. Walking in the heat to a waterfall, the loud water crashing and splashing and the wind whipping her hair and the mist was a lot to try and battle.

How did you solve them?

When you embrace nature and all the elements it adds to the photo it makes for a romantic shot!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned to chase the light! Playing around in lightroom with the gradient tools and brushes was a lot of fun making the waterfall POP!

The Hitched Hiker

Shooting since

2018

Current Home

United States of America

Website

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Alaska based Adventure Elopement Photographer ready to travel anywhere.

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