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These guys celebrated an intimate Elopement in Mauritius. They’ve had their beach ceremony at sunset and after that, the lanterns were supposed to be released. However, the weather suddenly changed and it has started to rain. We decided to do the lanterns during the “After Wedding Shoot“ that was scheduled for the day after. So the next day we went out for an adventurous location scouting just the two of us. Over and over again we found ourselves lost in a labyrinth of sugar cane fields. Our target was the cliffs of Le Souffleur. Once we made it to the cliffs we knew it was the ideal place for the shoot. Fast forward.. the couple session at the cliffs was finished and the time had come for the lanterns. From that moment we were only observing because it was something meaningful for the couple. We realized it was meant to be to have the lanterns the day after since this spot was way more private and beautiful than the beach spot the day before.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

We chose the best place and asked the couple to get in position to release the lantern. We told them to enjoy the moment.. to wait until the lantern has filled with hot air and to just look after the lantern.. to ignore us and to not look at the camera.

What did you say?

„Ok guys, just enjoy the moment when you release the lantern.. just look after the lantern and enjoy! Forget about us – you don’t have to look at the camera at all. Just enjoy the moment“

How did you compose your image?

Since we didn’t know how fast the lanterns would rise we decided to step back in a slightly elevated position. Also we wanted them full body in order to capture the entire scenery here. We kept the couple in the center of the image with enough space for the lantern above their heads.

How and what did you focus on?

Our focus point was on the grooms head because it was more noticeable for the sensor than the brides head. We used the viewfinder.

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How did you use the light in your image?

We waited until the sun had set in order to have the lighted lantern visible in the picture. The sky was overcasted so it was kind of moody without a lot of after light but dramatic blue hour sky.. The candle lighting from the lantern that shines down on the couples faces makes the picture very special. A few seconds later the lantern would have been to far away to light up their faces.

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What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/1.6

ISO

1250

White Balance

Auto

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

We had to bring the white balance to the very right which means 50000 Kelvin. We had to reduce the Saturation of orange a bit due to the warmer white balance. We tried to keep the moody look to stay close to the vibe of the evening. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love and we put some noise reduction, due to the higher ISO. Also, we decided to use the brush to bring a bit more light and structure on the couple’s face and clothes.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The challenge was to wait for the right moment (after sunset) to release the lanterns! To be patient even though it meant there would only be a short time frame for the shot before it would have been too dark.

How did you solve them?

Prepare everything carefully so that you’re ready to go once the time has come.

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Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When it comes to lanterns, balloons, confetti, doves or whatever flies away, make sure you are not too close to the object. Make sure theres enough space above your couple so you’ll bee able to capture everything. If it’s going to happen very fast (like doves for example) it’s helpful to use the continuous shot function of your camera with a fast shutter. If you’re in twos you should choose different focal length and angles. One could be closer using an 50 mm and the other a 35mm or example so you have more variety.

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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