Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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We took the ‘flying rug’ and went to the top of a snow-capped mountain for a quick photo :) We wish it was as easy as that! This image was taken during an after wedding session in Innsbruck-Austria. These guys grew up there and Alex is a professional snowboarder. As we were on our way, Alex called to tell us the cableway was closed due to loads of fresh snow and the danger of avalanches. We already thought about a plan B or to postpone the shoot. An hour later we checked the website again and it said, the cableway would be open in the afternoon. So back to plan A.

We took the cableway to the base station and had to walk the last 500m or so. The thermometer at the station showed -24°C (-11°F) (goodbye flower bouquet). There were only 2-3 other people around and we felt like we were on a different planet. Due to the temperature, we knew we would not be able to have more than 10-15 minutes for pictures. We scouted the best spots while our couple was waiting in the station. When we started we did 5 minutes of pictures, then 5 minutes of cuddling together (the 4 of us) to warm up and another 5 -10 minutes of pictures.

This shot was one of the last photos of the day. The last cableway was about to leave and they already blew the horn 5 minutes before but the light and the colors in the sky were insane. Thank god they waited for us. When we went down Chris had to realize he’s got black fingernails – they luckily recovered after a week.
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Location

Location Name

Nordkette

Location aDDRESS

Innsbruck, Austria

Country

Austria

Location TYPE

Mountains

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Flash

none

Lens

Canon 24mm f/1.4 L

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Each other Playful Sitting

Description

We asked the couple to sit next to each other on the rug. Then we asked Amelie to lay her both legs over Alex left leg. We asked them to get really close together – to bring their foreheads together. We asked Alex to stroke over Amelie’s cheek with his right hand and to hold her head.

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What was said

“Guys can you get really close together and touch each other with your foreheads. Alex can you stroke over Amelie’s cheek and then hold her head. now close your eyes both.”

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We pictured the couple almost exactly in the middle of the frame as well as in the middle of the rug. We were standing in order to shoot slightly from above… That way we don’t have the horizon crossing their heads which would be distracting. Also, we get a better feeling for the height as the valley of trees would probably not be visible as well as the glacier in the background if we wouldn’t have been elevated.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Middle Thirds Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Grooms face

Focus description

Our focus point was on Amelies head. Due to the aperture of 2.5 (24mm lens) we still have a lot of sharpness in the entire picture and we have a lovely view of the background.

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Shutter Speed

1/250

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

320

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

The light after sunset was absolutely magical.. The sun had set behind our left shoulders from where the couple got slightly illuminated. The opposite side of the sunset has got these amazing colors in the sky which was the perfect backdrop for this picture.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Blue Hour

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Since the light was perfectly equal due to the time of the day we didn’t need to edit a lot. In our opinion a good photo is always about the light and never about the preset. The preset is just the final touch. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love and used the brush to brighten up the grooms face plus another brush to brighten up the couple a bit.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenges were all caused by extreme temperatures. The fact that we would not have a lot of time to get the pictures we wanted was a challenge. Another challenge was the technical aspect since our cameras really were on the limit and worked very slow. Also, it was challenging to press the buttons after a while.

Solutions I found

We’ve had a clear vision of pictures in mind in order to don’t need too much time… Also we scouted and made a plan while our couple stayed inside the warm station. We were well prepared with clothes from a recent trip to the polar circle… We brought heat pads for us as well as the couple. We used gloves where we could stick out only the index finger to press the shutter.

Advice

If you shoot in extreme conditions a good preparation is everything.. Create a mood board for yourself as well as the couple so you are on the same page.. bring the right clothes, a blanket for your couple, maybe hot chocolate or tea, and some heat pads.
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Photographed by

Chris & Ruth

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