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This picture was taken during a wedding ceremony in Santorini, Greece. During the ceremony we usually split – one of us is in front and one in the back. That’s very helpful in order to capture everything perfectly without moving a lot. In this case we couldn’t move a lot since the only way to the front was the aisle. We always do a wide-shot from the aisle to capture the whole scenery. Especially with a view like the unique Caldera view in Santorini and also lighting wise this was probably the best angle to shoot. Since the ceremony space was very narrow we could perfectly capture everything in one frame.

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How did you compose your image?

When we took this picture one of us was standing on an elevation using a 24mm lense. We decided to shoot from a slightly elevated position to not have the island in the background crossing the couples heads. Also this way we could see more of the sea instead of sky. The couple who’s standing symmetric in front of the triangle arch, are in the center of the composition.

How and what did you focus on?

Our focus point was on the brides head. We took this picture in live-view mode in order to be able to rise our camera even a bit higher to get the ideal angle.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The ceremony was held in the afternoon. The light was quite harsh and also the sea was reflecting very bright. Normally we would pretty much loose the background however our life saver was a typical greek white house behind us, bouncing back the sunlight. Also we used aperture 2.5 (24mm) to not loose to many details in the background.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/4000

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

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

Since the light was perfectly equal for this time of the day we didn’t need to edit a lot. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love and we increased the whites. We used Lightroom’s upright function to straighten the lines, due to the distortion of the 24mm lens.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

It’s always a huge challenge when something is setted so perfectly, to picture it perfectly as well. Because things look stunning by eye but how to capture it in one frame when the lighting situation is not ideal..
It was challenging to picture the couple exactly in the middle of the arch without having the little triangle arch in someones face – also we were running the risk of having a back focus on the triangle arch. The harsh reflecting sea made it difficult for the auto focus as well. Also we wanted to keep the view and not blur out the background too much.

How did you solve them?

The lens hood helps focusing and it makes a more clear picture because it prevents from too much light. We went on an elevation to improve the angle and to have a more clean background. We took the picture in live-view mode to see instantly if the picture was in focus. We kept the view by using a 2.5 aperture which is not very much open using a 24mm lens.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

If you are not sure how to capture a situation perfectly, just try out different lenses, angles and camera settings.. The couple was standing in this position for a few minutes. Enough time for you to experiment a little bit. Also, if your autofocus goes crazy by too much light coming from the front, you can block out the sun by using your hand. Just hold your hand in front of the sun.. press the shutter half way to focus your couple, then move your hand out of the pic and press the shutter.

Chris & Ruth

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Spain

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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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