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I always dreamed of photographing in cappadocia. Seeing the hot air ballons for the first time is something I will never forget! We were lucky to get the chance to see them fly as this is decided every morning depending on the weather and winds. I planned this shoot for months and even that it did not work out the way it was planned it is still one of my most favorite shootings ever.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

We talked a lot, I always try to connect and make the shoot a fun experience!
When I get an idea I simply give the couple rough directions to not take away there personality but still achieve what I just envisioned in my mind.

What did you say?

I asked the couple to stand in the middle of the two rocks, her focusing on me and him focusing on her. Not much movement, just beeing intimate and little hand movements as my goal was to catch the first light between them.

How did you compose your image?

I wanted to add the hot air ballons I photographed separately that morning afterwards in Photoshop so I took a wide angle photo with a lot of space in the sky. I love rule of thirds composition as it makes every photo more dramatic which was perfect for the end result I had planned.

How and what did you focus on?

Honestly, it is not even as sharp as it could be, good thing I was not aiming for a magazine cover portrait.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The magical backlight was the rising sun between two rocks of a mountain in exactly the moment it peaked through the couple standing infront of me.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

Pro Mist 1/4

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/2500

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

200

White Balance

Shade

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

I did the following to achieve this result:
1.) LR: white balance (warm, but whites are still white)
2.) LR: my personal preset (high contrast, true to color)
3.) PS: erase the man walking with lasso and content fill
4.) PS: cut with content aware to give it even more space (rule of thirds and space for hot air balloons)
5.) PS: add hot air balloons from around 3 different images (select tool, copy, paste, mask layer to delete stuff I don’t want, adjust brightness so they fit in)

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop

Preset

personal preset

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What challenges did you face?

I use a pro mist filter because it is part of my style – the dreamy look. But this is difficult when you shoot directly into the sun as it lightens and blurries everything including faces.

How did you solve them?

I needed to make sure the sun just peaks and the couple breaks the light with there bodys and not there heads,

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I always take my photos in continuous-advance mode in these kind of situations where I want to catch a specific and time crucial moment. Also play a lot with natural light to learn how it can add magic to your images or when it starts to ruin your photos by overexpose etc.

Jennifer Grünauer

Shooting since

2021

Current Home

Austria

Website

Instagram

I am 33 years old and live in Austria near Vienna, I am a mother of 1 year old twin boys and love my job so much that I starting photographing again when they were 3 months old :)
Warm, earthy, color true tones, dreamy lights and emotional black and white photos are my editing style. I am still learning, trying out and growing a lot but I am also very happy with where I got so far.

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