the Shoot

Location Equipment
Read More
When we hiked back to the car after this Elopement and the couple session was finished, we were super happy with what we got to photograph during the day. But, we also realized that we did not open the champagne bottle yet, so I asked the couple if they’d like to open it to celebrate the finish of their amazing day. Luckily they were still motivated, so I suggested sitting down in front of my car and pop the bottle there.

I always carry two big trash bags in my bag as a clean base to sit on for situations like this. I loved the fog rolling up from the valley through the light beams, creating a cinematic mood. It was quite a challenge to find the perfect distances between the car, the couple, and the camera and to find the best vertical position and camera angle to avoid direct backlight and at the same time compose the picture to my vision. Once I figured it out the rest worked by itself.
Read More


Location Name

Kops Stausee

Location aDDRESS

Zeinisjochstraße, 6794 Gaschurn, Austria



Location TYPE




Sony A7 III




Sony 35mm F1.4 ZA

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
Read More



Calm Natural Sitting


After placing them on the ground in front of the car I did not have to give any more directions to the couple because they just enjoyed the moment that we created while opening the champagne bottle, cuddling, and kissing.

Read More
What was said

“Sit down in front of the car”..”Cuddle and enjoy!”

Read More


Why I composed the way I did

Centering the couple in the middle of the image worked very well for this one. The Symmetry of the elements in the image balances the photo and adds to a dramatic mood. The Leading Lines of the shadows, the fog, and the light beams draw the attention right into the middle of the Frame directly to the Couple.

Read More

Center Framed Lower Thirds Wide


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

the couples faces

Focus description

I simply used Single Point Autofocus and focused right onto the couple’s faces. The autofocus of my Sony is luckily so reliable to focus properly in lower light situations like this. If it´s not working in such situations I would work with simple manual focus and focus peaking or maybe use my headlight to lighten the subject just for the purpose of setting the focus.

Read More
Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
Read More

Light &

How the light was used

Since the main light source was coming from directly behind the couple, this created a rim light that separated them from the dark background. The shadow of the couple created beautiful Lines leading into the center of the Image. I wanted to avoid the lights shining directly into my lens to keep off Light Flares so I had to find a lower position to hide it behind the couple.

Read More

Harsh Light Artificial Light Back lit

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
Read More

Be notified when new content is published

Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

Custom Preset

How I edited this image

I used my own preset as a base. Cropped and leveled the image to make it symmetrical. Lifted the exposure and shadows a little bit. Adjusted the white balance a bit more to the warm side and added a bit of noise reduction.

Read More


Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge was to hide the strong lights from shining directly into my lens to keep off the strong light flares and to achieve a good composition at the same time.

Solutions I found

I drove my car back about 5 meters further after I realized it´s better to hide the lights behind the couple. I tried some different positions (different distances) and chose a lower camera position (lie down on the ground in the end).


I´ve often heard photographers say “don´t do experiments with paying clients”. I think besides the safe shots you should always make sure to have, you should also try new things over and over again. Couples are very curious when you tell them “let´s try something new” or “let´s do an experiment”. Don´t be afraid, if something doesn´t work out as you´ve expected. There´s nothing to lose as long as you have the safe shots and your couples are having fun. Most of the time I am surprised by the results. It would be so boring to only do your same standard program in every shoot.
Read More
Photographed by

Dan Jenson

You may also like
Inspired by the sea

Oh no, this content is locked.

Have an account?
unlock everything
All plans are automatically renewed unless cancelled. Once cancelled, you will keep access to the platform until the end of the paid period. Refunds may be issued in special cases. The email you use to create your account will be the one receiving the Renewal notifications (7 days before being charged).

Welcome, Friend!

Choose a plan:

Most Popular


Per month


Every 3 Months


Every 12 Months

All prices are inclusive of the German Mwst. 19%

Each plans give you access to all content, current & future and can be cancelled at any time. When you become a premium member, you’re supporting not just the platform, but the artists too. 

We believe in being fair to our contributors which means that we pay everyone who submits content to the site. Why? If we’re going to use their photos for our instagram, marketing, and other business practices – that they should earn at least something


When you subscribe to HIST, you are directly making this possible. You are legit supporting the artists and this platform and keeping it alive.