• Blur
  • Center Framed
  • Dark
  • Evening
  • kissing
  • Moody
  • Motion Blur
  • Movement
  • Outdoor
  • people walking
  • Posed
  • public
  • Still
  • Street

A summary of how this image was shot

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right as the sun had set in the busy streets of Galway, my couple really wanted to have a few images within the streets as they are brimming with people and have a real buzz in the evenings as the live music begins. I knew we were 1. shooting into blue hour and 2. only had a few seconds to get the image. I told the couple to centre themselves in the middle of the street and when they were ready to have a kiss, I told them to stay as still as possible as I was lowering my shutter speed to blur the passersby. I also told passers-by to keep walking/ cheer the couple etc
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to centre themselves within the street and when they were ready, to have a kiss. I also reminded them to stay as still as possible as I was lowering my shutter speed to blur the people walking past

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What did you say?

ok you two, we’re going for epic romance! get yourselves into the middle of the street and when you’re ready go for a super romantic kiss, linger on that kiss and stay as still as possible, we’ll all be cheering you on!

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Tone of Directions

Energetic, Funny


when shooting I’m a big fan of symmetry especially in a more urban environment, I knew what I wanted to create when I saw this street so had the couple placed centre frame and the buildings creating some leading lines and depth. I knew the movement from the people would add the extra depth needed

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Compositional Rules

Leading LinesSymmetry


Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I first used Autofocus to focus on my couple then switched to manual as I dropped my shutter speed

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

their faces

Equipment &

sony A7iv
35mm f1.4 ZA
1/4 @ f/f9 ISO125 WB-auto 5250

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

the sun had just set as we ran through the streets of Galway so we had to shoot into blue hour, it was a cloudy evening so it was pretty dull. I underexposed as I worked the coolness of blue Hour mixed with the artificial streetlights, knowing my camera I knew I would be able to pull back details from the shadows enough without loosing any highlights

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Light Type

Natural LightMixed Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my signature preset in Lightroom on import, adjusted the white balance and masked any areas I wanted to brighten ( the couple) I synced this across the two images I wanted to use because real life happens and I didn’t get it in one shot. I then took the two images into Photoshop and masked the couple from one image and a few bystanders into the image with better movement from the passers-by.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop
Preset Used
custom preset


I knew that I would have to work fast, have the couple well prepared in what I was trying to accomplish and that I would be shooting into blue hour. I did make sure to take 1 “safe shot” with a higher shutter speed of the couple kissing just in case I needed it but I was able to combine others and didn’t need it

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Knowing my gear and its capabilities and having a clear plan of what I wanted to create and happen, we only had about 30 seconds to get this shot

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Location Name

galway city

Location aDDRESS

galway city

Loation Type




These are great fun to create, always take a safe shot with the main subject in case you need it post. Have your subjects prepped in what you are doing/trying to achieve so they understand the whys and arent confused. get people involved and have fun!

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