How I Shot This

the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

Le Souffleur Cliffs, Mauritius

Location aDDRESS

Le Souffleur, Mauritius



Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal



Canon 5D Mark III




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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How I Shot This



Calm Natural Playful


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.

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What was said

„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“

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Why I composed the way I did

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.

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Center Framed Leading Lines Horizon Line Wide Full Body


Focus mode

single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Grooms face

Focus description

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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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

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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Dark Moody Natural Light Cloudy Evening Lanterns

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

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.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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.

Solutions I found

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


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.
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Photographed by

Chris & Ruth

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