Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Brittany and Amy mentioned they had a print hanging in their house of the road to Glacier Point in Yosemite. I knew that recreating that print with them as the subjects were going to be an image that they would cherish forever. It was a short hike from the parking lot (which they did in hiking boots and then changed for this image), and well worth the detour.
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Location

Location Name

Yosemite National Park

Location aDDRESS

Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

Country

United States

Location TYPE

Mountains

Equipment

Camera

Canon r6

Flash

None

Lens

Canon RF 28-70mm f2

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Hands Natural Walking Movement

Description

I am a huge fan of giving prompts instead of posing. I like my clients to move naturally within their environment and with each other. I think these images feel more genuine and less “posed” but still are directive for those that feel like they aren’t sure what to do in front of the camera. I asked Amy and Brittany to clasp hands and walk towards me while looking at each other. While it isn’t the most creative prompt, I think it creates an image with a physical connection (with the hands) as well as emotional (as they lock eyes). Often times this prompt will lead to real emotion on clients’ faces, which as wedding photographers is what we live for.

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What was said

Okay guys, walk towards me and hold your hands. While walking, see if you can hold eye contact with each other.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I originally was planning on shooting this image on my 85 for the compression it would provide with the Half Dome in the background. As soon as we got on location I realized I wanted to incorporate the massive trees lining the road. I really like how they naturally framed the rock formation in the background, as well as the clients in the center of the frame. It also allowed me to include a bit of the road on the left, which I feel draws the viewer around the bend, past the background, and directly to the subject.

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Tags

Lower Thirds Leading Lines Wide

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Continuous Autofocus

Focused on

The clients

Focus description

This image is pretty straightforward. I Chose the clients as the main focal point. I knew that since I was shooting at around 40mm I would be able to incorporate the background without losing too much detail.

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Shutter Speed

1/1250

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

400

White Balance

Cloudy

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

How the light was used

This location is typically shot at sunrise. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to be there due to the client’s schedule, so we ended up going up right before sunset. I was hoping for some hues on Half Dome, but the California wildfires had created a haze that stopped most sunset light from making it to the rock face. We were left with ambient light from the sky, making for a very flat image.

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Tags

Soft Light Bright Afternoon

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

Personal Presets

How I edited this image

I edited the image with basic color grading and the HSL panel in Lightroom. I like to keep my images pretty true to the color (minus a small shift in greens) as I want them to stand the test of time. I added a radial filter and a bit of dodging/burning to bring the focal point a bit more to the clients/road and also to bring out Half Dome a bit in the background.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was the haze from wildfires. This created a very flat lighting situation, which made editing a bit more challenging.

Solutions I found

Using a brush and dehaze in lightroom, I was able to bring back some depth to the photograph while still maintaining a natural feel.

Advice

Creating images that hold special meaning to clients is one of the most rewarding things about photography. While this location wasn’t on our original shot list, just by making a quick pit stop we captured something that they will cherish forever.
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Photographed by

benjamin ingram

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