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This photo was taken during a wedding in Mykonos-Greece, where we not only photographed but also filmed the wedding. To be honest, this was a very lucky shot because it was not planned at all. We knew from the schedule that there were fireworks planned around midnight at the beach. The night was pitch-black, no moonlight and there was no artificial lighting around.. no candles, torches, light chains, nothing that could have brightened up the couple. There are a lot of things happening during the fireworks… it’s crowded, you try to capture people’s reactions, you capture the fireworks in the sky and of course, you need to find the couple somewhere in the dark. Once you’ve found them you have a few different options to photograph them. You could use the light from the fireworks and shoot from the front so you see their faces. Or you use a flash in order to capture them together with the fireworks.. that’s what Ruth was doing… So Ruth was photographing and I (Chris) was filming the fireworks using a LED light on top of my camera. I found myself standing behind the couple filming and I was like damn this looks awesome on the screen.. then I was looking around searching for Ruth but couldn’t see her anywhere. There was a little fight inside me but I switched the button to the photo function and at that moment they kissed! That means the kiss is not on video, but on photo – glad you like it :)

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How did you compose your image?

We kept the couple in the center of the image. We shot slightly up towards the sky in order to capture the fireworks as well as have them close up enough to capture their emotions.

How and what did you focus on?

The focus point was on the face of the bride. Due to open aperture the fireworks in the back gets blurry. We shot in live-view.

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How did you use the light in your image?

As mentioned before, the couple was brighten up by an on-camera LED light that is common for videography. The fireworks in the back were the only other light source which created backlight that makes the couple stand out from the background.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/100

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

6400

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

We had to add a bit green due to the Magenta in the skin tones. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love and we put some noice reduction, due to the higher ISO. Also we decided to clean the background from the sun-umbrella and ceremony back drop to bring the focus on the couple and the important part of the pic. We usually only take photoshop actions in a few pics per wedding report. Sometimes we even deliver both options when we’re making bigger changes (like this one in the background). We love to crop freely. And we decided that this pictures looks the best like this after removing the umbrella and backdrop.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The challenge was to capture the couple together with the fireworks using artificial light without loosing the natural romantic flair of the fireworks.

How did you solve them?

The solution was the LED light which was perfect in this situation cause it has brighten up the couple in a natural way. Much softer than a flash could have done.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When it comes to fireworks always keep an eye on your couple. They won’t recognize you and you will be able to get some really intimate shots. Try out different angles. Depending on the surrounding you may not need artificial lighting at all. However make sure you are prepared.

Chris & Ruth

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Spain

Website

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Hey y’all, good to have you here! We are a husband and wife photographer team focused on wedding photography. The last few years have been an incredible ride and we were able to travel all around the globe doing what we love the most – shooting weddings! We found our happy place on the Balearic Island Mallorca where we restored an old house. There are so many good stories and experiences we’ve made and we’re happy to share some of them with you over here! Cheers Chris and Ruth

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