the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

Auchen Castle

Location aDDRESS

Beattock, Moffat DG10 9SH


United Kingdom

Location TYPE




Canon R6




Canon RF 35mm/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Tone of Directions


Action of Directions

Movement Playful Running


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 was said

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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Why I composed the way I did

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

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Wide Full Body Negative Space


Focus mode


Focus Technology

Single Shot

Focused on

her back

Focus description

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

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

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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Type of light

Natural Light

Time of Day


Quality of LIght

Soft Directional Front Lit



the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited 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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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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

Solutions I found

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.


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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Photographed by

Bernadeta Kupiec

Scotland Canon R6 & Canon 5d Mark IV Canon rf 35mm/1.4, Canon 50mm/1.4, Canon 85mm/1.8
Hi, I’m Bernadeta. Lover of dark chocolate, cappuccino with oat milk and exploring new places.
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