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This photo was taken during an “in-home” couple session. The idea behind it was to transcribe a couple’s ‘real life’ moments. In our busy lives, sometimes we have the feeling of crossing each other and always chasing after time. But we’re still thinking of our loved ones; even if they are kind of left behind. The hands touching while walking away represents this. That even in a busy life, we still have each other.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked the couple to wait out of my frame on each side and to walk towards each other without stopping until reaching the opposite side and as they walked past each other, I told them to reach and just touch each other’s hand.

What did you say?

I would like you to walk towards each other, but don’t stop, cross each other and keep walking. When you pass each other, touch your hands with your fingertips.

How did you compose your image?

I was trying to show how we may feel sometimes in our daily lives: working a lot, running through things, and having this feeling of crossing each other without stopping. That’s why in this composition the couple is on either side and where the most important thing is the hands in the middle of the frame. I also used the bed as a landmark to be centered.

How and what did you focus on?

I got on my knees for more stability and using the viewfinder, I locked my focus on the girl. Continuous autofocus followed her all along while she was walking. Because of the low shutter speed (and no tripod), I stopped breathing for a few seconds to limit the background blur caused by my movements.

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How did you use the light in your image?

On the left, there was a glass door with a window slightly tinted in white. It really helps to get these neutral soft tones. It also allows me to use it as a natural diffuser. Shooting on this side was also a way to have a graduating light, and this feeling that the girl is going out, and the boy is coming inside.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A9 II

Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/6

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

1/500

White Balance

Auto

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

My usual base preset is a bit warmer and contrasty. But, as the room was very white and minimalist, I made some changes: I lowered the exposure, lowered the contrast, lowered the vibrance as well as the saturation. I then dropped the highlights in the curve, to get a creamier white and finished off with some grain.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

Own personal preset

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge here was to shoot at a very low shutter speed and get a blurry couple but not too much of a blurry background, without the help of a tripod.

How did you solve them?

Being lower to the ground, on my knees, was really helpful for the stability. I also took my camera with both hands and pressed my arms against myself to reduce as much movement as possible. Then I stopped breathing for few seconds while shooting and tried to not move at all.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When doing a couple session, like an engagement, for example, especially the type done at home, trying to include a small part of the couple’s story is an idea. It could be a nice reason to try new techniques and think of poses in a more abstract way. Only the couple will probably really understand the meaning and it makes the photo even stronger for them.

Beatrice The Quirky

Shooting since

2009

Current Home

France

Website

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Hey! I’m a photographer, half of The Quirky team, and I’m based in Bordeaux, south west of France (yep, the wine area!).

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