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The atmosphere at this wedding was everything. The couple knew from the beginning that their wedding was going to be a mix between a music festival and a family celebration. So immediately, when I saw the sunset over this amazing venue, I knew I wanted to capture it with my drone from a higher perspective, where such an incredible atmosphere would be seen in all its spectacularity.

I don’t normally take the drone out often, but I felt that at that moment it was necessary to capture all the things that were going on without distractions. The aerial shot allowed me to forget the more specific details and show everything that was happening in one shot.

The hardest part was definitely organizing the shot, setting up the drone and shooting as fast as possible because there was so much going on at the same time, and I didn’t want to miss anything that was happening on the ground.

Still, I learned that the best thing to do is to always take a little bit of time to do general shots like this. Mostly because they help tell a story and tell a narrative.

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How did you compose your image?

The photo is composed trying to maintain a line of sight with the horizon. For me, it was important to show the sky and the wonderful sunset. Therefore, two-thirds of the photo focuses on the architecture and the surroundings, and another third is on the sky and the sunset.

How and what did you focus on?

This photo was taken with a drone. So I used the touch focus of the screen of my cell phone to focus on the place where I wanted to take a picture.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The light was that of late afternoon. I personally love using this light because it’s not as harsh and I always get a lot of detail in both highlights and shadows. Also, the sky becomes a rainbow of colors that I marvel at. Since I wanted to have the sunset form a feature/element of the image, I chose to shoot from an angle which put the reception between the drone & the sun. That way, I could include everything in the frame.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

DJI Mavic Air 2

Lens

DJI Mavic Air 2

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/250

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

1200

White Balance

Auto

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

For the last year, I have been using my “Draco” preset within my Constellation Preset collection. I applied it and slightly increased the color temperature. I then reduced the exposure to create a more unique and darker atmosphere. Since there was artificial light on the bulbs, I adjusted the HSL of the yellows to get a slightly more golden color. I also reduced the highlights in the sky to get as much information as possible from the amazing sunset that day.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge in this photo was trying to get it done quickly so I didn’t miss anything that was happening. A lot of friends were coming in for dinner, there was incredible light, and I didn’t want to miss those moments by flying too long.

How did you solve them?

There was nothing really I could do besides being as fast as possible. Sometimes you just have to take a risk as the photo may end up being totally worth it.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

In this photo I learned that it is always interesting to get a new point of view. A new perspective that surprises not only the bride and groom but anyone who sees the photo.

Joy Zamora

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Spain

Website

Instagram

Telling stories of love, has to be the most beautiful job in the world and I feel so fortunate that I get to work closely with couples who invite me into such an intimate and emotional part of their lives. I’m a destination wedding photographer that loves the human connection.

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