Victoria & Steve

Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Victoria & Steve came from the UK to celebrate a very intimate religious wedding in Altea, Spain where Victoria had been raised since childhood. After the beautiful ceremony they had outdoors (in the same private estate where they were staying), we took some photos of the couple alone. This is one of the last pictures I made of them.

The day before the ceremony I met with the couple and I was able to calmly see the place and think of an extra shot with an unusual angle. This small living room has a glass ceiling and from the upstairs terrace, you can see inside. I love shooting through the glass where reflections often appear. Shooting from the other side of the window helps the couple to be completely isolated and focused on themselves.
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Location

Location Name

Mimar Villa Altea

Location aDDRESS

Partida Montahud, 4, 03590 Altea, Alicante


Country

Spain

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Victoria & Steve

Directions

Tone of Directions

Calm

Action of Directions

Holding Hands Natural Sitting

Description

After taking some relaxed photos, I proposed to take them inside the room. In this case, the directions were prior to the shot since it was difficult to communicate with them from the terrace with the glass and the height that separated us. I also wanted them to be completely isolated with minimal distractions. I always like to give prior directions, even before the wedding and leave room for some improvisation. In this case, I gave them several suggestions, one of them was that they could hold hands to show their affection.

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What was said

Let’s have you guys just enjoy a quiet moment together at the table, and even hold your hands. Show each other a bit of affection and really enjoy being with each other.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

From the perspective of an outside observer, I chose this perspective to subtly relativize their role, contextualizing them and making them understand this intimate moment, focusing attention on the moment itself. Looking for the lines that were constantly directed towards the two of them, forming a kind of unfinished symmetry that was compensated by the objects, the shadows, and the reflections on the glass.

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Wide Higher Angle

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Hands

Focus description

I focused on the hands coinciding with the central point as they are the main point of attention.

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Shutter Speed

1/4000

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

100

White Balance

8700K

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

How the light was used

It was a completely sunny day, with a very harsh light. I used the light to my advantage to enhance the moment and draw attention to the scene. The light was coming from a window off to the left of the frame but also a bit from the ceiling.

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Type of light

Natural Light Window Lighting

Time of Day

Midday

Quality of LIght

Directional Front Lit

Weather

Indoor

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used

own custom preset

How I edited this image

I applied my preset and made a basic adjustment of white balance and light, adding a bit of warmth. Then apply lens corrections to it and lastly use the brush subtly to remove a bit of focus on the lemons.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was to focus on the moment within a scene with chaos.

Solutions I found

I found the best place of the table where they were going to be and shoot from the left corner of the room where the lines, shadows, and reflections created the perfect frame.

Advice

Look for another type of angle than what you are normally used to. Each location is different, with different types of lighting, and therefore has different possibilities to use in our favor.
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Photographed by

Adrián Vilanova

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