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This was my first wedding in Los Cabos. In Mexico it is one of the most desired places to get married and that made me very excited. The wedding consisted of a two-day celebration in which they had their civil and their religious ceremony. The photo was taken the second day just at the moment where the excitement and celebration of the party was at its peak.

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How did you compose your image?

I love photographing the party as if the camera was another guest. For the same reason I like to use the same guests as frames to frame my subjects or points of interest. In this case, I was building my image using the guests back as a window that was complemented by the guide lines that the dress created.

How and what did you focus on?

The photo had to be in group and continuos mode. Due to the low light, if I had used the single mode, I could lose the moment. In addition, due to the constant movement of the subjects, it is more comfortable for me to use a larger focus area that covers the area where my main subject is moving.

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How did you use the light in your image?

I positioned myself in a place where I knew that eventually, a robotic light from above would backlight Kate.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Fujifilm X-T4

Lens

Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/320

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

8000

White Balance

AWB

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

Due to the contamination of the different light colors, I decided to go for a black and white image. In addition, the fact that there is such a strong emotion leaving the image in black and white helps to remove any other distraction such as color to only leave the expressiveness of the moment.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC

Preset

Personal BW Preset

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What challenges did you face?

Definitely fast dance moves in a low light environment

How did you solve them?

Crank up the ISO to the maximum

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Concentrate on how the moment feels, look for the framing to contribute to the narrative of the photo, and do not be afraid to raise the ISO (It is better to have photos with a lot of grain than not to have them at all)

Andres Mondragon

Shooting since

2009

Current Home

Mexico

Website

Instagram

My passion is telling stories, traveling the world and obviously photography. I consider myself a relaxed person who always likes to see the positive side of things but always being as responsible as possible.

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