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I had this wedding in a beautiful place in Portugal. Since I normally shoot with a 35mm on my canon, I was able to see this moment as it happened! However, we were testing a Sony Alpha A9 with a 35mm lens and I wanted to explore the camera’s capabilities. I tried to take several shots with different settings and push it to the maximum and really test out this camera. This photo was taken at 1/10000sec and I cropped it as much as could realistically go. This was all just to test the camera, but this shot turned out to be one of my favorites.

I tried to make a different edit to explore the file and keep the haze I made with a piece of old acrylic I had found on the spot. I also decided to shoot this with backlight to find out how far I could recover the photo in post-production. Finally, the couple was genuinely so natural and pretty much embraced the moment they were in and forget entirely about me shooting them.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I usually tend to be discreet and talk very gently with the couple in order to make them more comfortable. Then I let everything happen naturally. The couple was great and acted naturally, which made this so much more special. At this very moment, Erik was looking at the vines and Carlos was feeling a moment of affection toward Erik. It was a special moment because this couple easily forgot that they were being photographed. And it is so good when this happens

What did you say?

Guys, it’s a beautiful day in a beautiful place – just enjoy this moment together and take it all in.

How did you compose your image?

I initially photographed the couple from a distance as they walked through the vineyards to capture all the beauty of the place. Then to finish off we did some more intimate shots. In this photo, I had to frame them in the corner to avoid some electricity cables that were just above us as to avoid it being in the frame. Later while editing, I refined the crop to have them in the middle bringing the attention straight to the couple, their moment and their emotion.

How and what did you focus on?

I am a viewfinder guy. I rarely use live view. I used single-point focus on their face. I was shooting in backlight but fortunately, I didn’t have any difficulty in focusing.

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How did you use the light in your image?

Since I had already taken a bunch of shots of my couple in this environment, I felt that I could experiment with something more challenging. That’s why I decided to have the sun behind them and shoot backlit. Normally this can be quite difficult but the flare that it created was worth it. I also found this piece of acrylic on the ground and placed it around the lens of the camera which helped to create this beautiful haze effect.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A9

Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/10000

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

100

White Balance

5000

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

I just applied my preset and adjusted the exposure and warmed up the white balance. I adjusted the orange tones a bit for healthier skin and I cropped to center the couple.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The challenge here was to make the acrylic work the way I had in mind. I made a few attempts until I got what I wanted.

How did you solve them?

I rotated the acrylic and directed it towards the sunlight until I got the effect I wanted. All in all, just trial and error.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Sometimes if you try to be creative and think outside the box, even in a normal situation you can do something different and with a lot of impact. This photo that I created in a test manner turned out to be one of the couple’s favorites and one of my favorite photos from last year’s editions! I made a large print so I could see the grain from a distance and it turned out amazing.

Don’t be afraid to push your camera to it’s limits, especially if you have your safe shots. And if you want to have even more control with your compositions, shoot a bit wider and crop closer while you’re editing.

Bruno Garcez

Shooting since

2018

Current Home

Portugal

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I’M A SELF TAUGHT PORTRAIT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, BASED IN PORTUGAL. MY STYLE IS EDITORIAL AND AIRY. I’M ALSO A PASSIONATE ARTISAN AND CERTIFIED REIKI MASTER.

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