• afternoon
  • Moody
  • Soft Light
  • running
  • Playful
  • negative space
  • Natural Light
  • Movement
  • motion
  • full body
  • Blur
  • Front Lit
  • Directional Light
  • Dark
  • Cloudy
  • Center Framed
  • calm
  • broken rules
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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I’m fascinated by movement, so when I saw Frankie’s dress, I knew it would move wonderfully with every step. The trees around the track created a natural setting. I’m still playing with shutter and learning it. You have to be careful with the settings, but that’s the fun of shooting with slow shutter speeds. I always end up taking too many photos when I play with slow shutter speeds and pick a few (not all perfect, but it’s fun). And best of all, the results are never the same.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We were staying on a path where the trees created a natural frame and I wanted to keep Frankie in the middle of it. I asked the bride to simply run. Not only to keep her warm but as well I saw the potential of that dress – it looked like a flame when she moved. I asked her to run a few times there and back while I was standing in one place.

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What did you say?

Frankie, I know it’s cold so this is going to warm you up. Can you run with your dress back and forth a few times keeping to the path?

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Tone of Directions



I wanted to keep Frankie in the middle of the frame created by trees and the path. I kept her in the middle of the frame on my camera as well so I moved the camera with her. But all of these compositional elements were kinda lost due to the blur and so through the editing, I also made it feel balanced by keeping the bride in the center of the image with enough negative space around the frame to “isolate” her.

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Compositional Rules

Broken Rules


Center FramedWideFull BodyNegative Space


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the bride and followed her with the autofocus as she ran back and forth.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

her back

Equipment &

Canon R6
Canon RF 35mm/1.4
1/10 @ f/18 ISO250 WB-Shade

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

This was taken purely with natural light in the forest and even though the sky was quite cloudy, I did notice that the bride was being lit from a gap in the forest off to the side. The forest was also very dense with huge trees which naturally created a dark background. This all worked well to create a natural contrast between subject and background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality

Soft,Directional,Front Lit

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used Jennifer Moher Slate and Ivory preset. I wanted to keep this photo in black and white as the colour was too distracting. My eyes were drawn to the movement of the dress – as it looks like a flame. I used the brush on the dress to make it a bit lighter than the rest of the photo and to help it stand out from the rest of the image.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The only challenge was trying to find the ideal shutter speed.

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I made sure to shoot a whole bunch of images, with varying shutter speeds which I would then have a deeper look at and find the shot that I loved the most. It’s all part of the learning process.

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Location Name

Auchen Castle

Location aDDRESS

Beattock, Moffat DG10 9SH

Loation Type



United Kingdom

Just play with the shutter speed and don’t be afraid of it – sometimes you will get nothing but often the photos will surprise you.

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