Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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I love to end my couples photoshoots by taking a few shots in the water, if the spot allows us to. I love the vaporous and magic vibes they create. It’s quite challenging because I have to be quick : the water in Brittany is not known to be warm, and those pictures are taken at the very end of the photoshoot, when the sun is almost down.
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Location

Location Name

Rennes

Location aDDRESS

Rennes, Brittany, France

Country

France

Location TYPE

Lake

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Energetic Intimate Posed Simple Lying Down

Description

I told my couple to lay down in the water and float with spread arms. I wanted to create a magical vibe, as if the couple was flying. I asked them to put their heads as close as they could, in order to have a feeling of intimacy between them. It was quite simple to direct my couple in the water, as there is no current in the lake.

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What was said

Okay guys, I want you to lay down in the water and float. Try to put your heads as close as you can. Once it’s done, spread your ams and stay still for a few seconds.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The unedited photo was upside down : the couple was on the bottom of the image first. They were almost under my feet when I took the picture. I flipped the image in post-production, so the couple could be on the top of the image. I wanted to create a feeling of intimacy and calmness, added to a dreamy vibe, as if the couple was flying.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Upper Thirds Broken Rules Mid Range

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Manual Focus

Focused on

The couple heads

Focus description

I used the manual mode and focused on their heads. I chose that mode because they were moving their arms, trying to stay on the surface and float. It would have been harder with the autofocus mode : the focus would have probably be on their arms.

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Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/2.2

ISO

5000

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

The sun was almost down on my right and I had no artificial light. I was standing on a dock with a small staircase leading to the water. I didn’t want my couple to be too far from it because the water was cold. I didn’t have many options regarding the light.

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Tags

Soft Light Directional Light Dark Moody Natural Light Sunset

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used
How I edited this image

I used the fade black and white preset by Beloved Wedding Presets. First, I inverted the image so the couple could be on the top of the image, in order to accentuate the feeling of flying. Their heads were at the bottom at first, when the image was not inverted yet. It wasn’t enough magical for me. I adjusted the highlights and shadows, as I was aiming for something darker and more contrasted. I adjusted the luminance too because I didn’t want the image to be grainy. I wanted a smooth aspect.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The major challenge was to be quick : I didn’t have much time to shoot that special image, as the sun was almost down that day. I always do the water pictures at the very end of the photoshoot, so my couples can dry off and put comfy clothes right after. The first part of the photoshoot took longer than expected, so I only had a few minutes left. Moreover, the water was pretty cold that day : I didn’t want them to get sick !

Solutions I found

I told my couples the directions they would have to follow before going into the water.

Advice

Before the shoot, ask your clients if they are confortable with going in the water. Ask them to wear white clothes so the outfit will contrast with the environment.
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Photographed by

Clémence Cosnefroy

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