Photographed by Jenna Stevens Photography

Story

I met this couple (Victoria + Roberto) out at the White Sands in New Mexico, USA. Upon arriving, I was in awe at the rolling dunes of white gypsum sand that laid out before us. I thought to myself “how cool is this world? Always amazing me with its beauty!”.

I’ve traveled to many cool places but this was one of those “I want this to last forever” moments. The last time I felt this way was on my 2018 trip to Iceland. While in Iceland, I saw the Aurora Borealis dance in the sky for the very first time. A feeling I never wanted to end. And a feeling I’ve been craving ever since.

I never thought I would feel that way about any other location but as soon as the feeling presented itself again, I wanted to savor every part of it. The sun started to slip behind the mountains and the sky lit up pink. We were losing light fast but I asked Roberto + Victoria to dance. As they had a moment, this gave me time to adjust my settings. The settings for the image was: 1/160 f1.4 ISO 2000

I am happy with my camera settings given the circumstance I was in (losing light). My shutter speed was as low as my shaky hands could tolerate 1/160, my aperture was wide open at 1.4 and my ISO was uncomfortably high enough at 2000.

When I got home, I was so excited to edit! But this was the most challenging part. The original photo was underexposed, grainy, and had dark shadows, but I expected that!

I first edited the photo in Lightroom. I did edit the photo fairly quickly because I was excited to post it so if I could go back and change anything… it would be to take a little more time editing to get it perfect. After editing in Lightroom, I moved the photo over to photoshop where I added the Aurora Borealis!

The best part of our art as a photographer is being inspired and presenting your inspirations through your work. This photo means so much to me because I took two moments that I Never Wanted to End and stamped them together. Now I can look back at this photo forever and the moment never has to end!
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Directions

NaturalMovementCarry

“Twirl her around and dance for a minute!”
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsWide

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The center of the couple Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightBlue HourEvening

Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/1.4 ISO 2000 WB Auto

Camera

Nikon Z6 ii

Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Personal Presets

This image was edited with

Personal Presets

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Sand Dune United States

White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands National Park, NM

Final tips & Advice

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Jenna Stevens Photography

Photographer United States of America Nikon z6ii 35mm 1.4
I am a professional photographer located in Kentucky, USA! I started my business in 2013 and have grown it into what it is today! I travel all over the world capturing love and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
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“Just keep swimming” -Dori (finding Nemo)

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