• Back lit
  • calm
  • Dancing
  • Dark
  • full body
  • holding hands
  • Leading lines
  • Moody
  • Natural Light
  • Playful
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • Sunset
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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The sunset was crazy that evening. The hill we were standing on overlooked a horizon that seemed limitless. The shades, the colors, and that wonderful dome immediately caught my attention. I wanted to make that atmosphere magical. I wanted a sense of intimacy and eternity to be felt. To do this, it was important to pay attention to proportions and composition.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Since I had to keep some distance from the couple to get this shot, I spoke to them briefly before walking away. I wanted to create a certain interaction between them and for this I thought of having hold their hands and dance slow. Probably to create more dynamism I could have asked the bride to make some sweeping movements with her dress.

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What did you say?

Look around you. The atmosphere is truly magical, right? I’d love to see you dance together if you like. Take hands, come closer and enjoy this moment just for the two of you.

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Tone of Directions



Taking the photo vertically allowed me to emphasize the vertical lines of the dome. Furthermore, placing the couple on the left of the image allowed me to create a play of proportions and to create a dynamic line from right to left, directing the attention to the focus of the scene, that is the interaction between the spouses. By placing the couple too close to the dome they would likely steal each other’s limelight. By placing the couple too far away I could have lost that sense of intimacy I wanted to achieve.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the couple, although being roughly on the same plane as the dome, the dome was also in focus. I shot in Autofocus because it was more comfortable at the time. The couple would have made some movements, and not knowing how wide they would be, shooting in autofocus was useful in making sure that the center of my scene was always in focus. But for this shot, I could have also shot in Manual.

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The bride's eyes

Equipment &

Sony A7III
Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 Art
1/160 @ f/3.2 ISO640 WB-7800K

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I had natural light at sunset. The sun was on the left of the subjects. I wanted to achieve a silhouette effect but still keeping some details. I got the result I was hoping for and it was satisfying.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I started with the TRUE ROMANCE by Muse & Mirror and then I made further changes on clarity and haze removal to accentuate the haze. I decided to cool down the image a bit by bringing the temperature to 5900K in order to accentuate the purple tones and increase the contrast with the warm tones at the center of the scene. I decided to desaturate the image as a whole to make it more romantic and suitable for the scene created. In this way the colors helped me to convey what I had in mind, that is, a romantic, intimate, calm and eternal image. The colors of the original image have more saturated and decisive tones and would have conveyed different sensations.

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Editing Software


The difficulty both during shooting and editing was being able to keep the details of the sky but also in the shaded areas.

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Manage the parameters well by closing the aperture a little and lowering the ISO to the point that I thought necessary to get the balance I had in mind.

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Location Name

Villa Caproni

Location aDDRESS

Piazza San Giulio 4, 21010 Vizzola Ticino VA

Loation Type




This photo reminded me that it is very important to look around to understand how to enhance what surrounds us and that the scene does not need to be complex, because even simple things have the power to convey deep sensations. It also taught me to take the time to set the mood, and to convey to the couple how we can work together to achieve the goal. Editing is also fundamental part and must have the purpose of supporting the idea we had when shooting. This is something that I found difficult at first as a photographer. It helped me to investigate what sensations can be associated with colors and how we can use them to communicate. It was also useful to observe the editing of other photographers and analyze the use of color in the field of painting or film. In this way we can train our eye to understand how to use the colors present in the scene to communicate something and how to manage them later during editing.

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