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Shadows always inspire me, they are everywhere and almost at all times and sometimes they go so unnoticed, when I saw these shadows I realized the possibility of placing my couple in a complementary way to it, where I could use the shadow and the pillar as frame.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I placed the couple in frames separated by the pillar so that the light cut part of the woman’s face and I placed the man in a sitting position so that he could better fit into the scene, after which I asked him to think about the good things they have experienced so far. and that she, with her eyes closed, put her head towards the light and that he followed my voice, also with his eyes closed.

What did you say?

guys I want to take a picture at that door, I’m going to ask you Julia (female) to stand here on the right side, as straight as possible with your arms straight to the body and you José (male) will be on the left side sitting in the most comfortable way possible , from now on I want you to close your eyes and think about the best things you’ve experienced this year , Julia ( woman ) I want you to direct your face towards the sun with your eyes closed and José ( man ) to direct your face towards mine voice

How did you compose your image?

I framed it so that the shadows could become a frame, but to not be just another photo with shadows framing it, I let the shadow cut across the woman’s face to break this rule and create a more interesting photo.

How and what did you focus on?

Focusing was very straightforward as there was enough light and contrasts to allow my camera to find it’s focus lock. I positioned the focus point over the woman for no particular reason; simply because both subjects were at the same distance from me. Both would be in focus in this situation.


How did you use the light in your image?

As we were at the end of the day, we were getting close to the golden hour, this undoubtedly helped at the time of creation as the light did not leave marks on the models, yet it was also strong enough to cast strong shadows. It was important that I saw these harsh shadows as they play a massive role in the overall image. I exposed for the highlights in the image so that I’d have an easier time editing later on.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II





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

I don’t use Photoshop but edited the image in Lightroom. I used the modified ballad presets, where I left the photo with a warmer tone and increased the light exposure.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC



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What challenges did you face?

This was a public area with lots of people moving around which could have resulted in people crossing into the frame as we were taking the picture.

How did you solve them?

We just waited until we had a clear moment and then took the shot as it happened to be clear.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

What I learned from this photo is that we need to be attentive and allow ourselves to do what we always believe

Eli Barbosa

Shooting since

2 years

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I am an eternal dreamer, who believes in a better world with more love, peace and equality, who makes his photography a bridge to make this possible

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