• circle of lights
  • Cloudy
  • Dark
  • Drone
  • drone night
  • Evening
  • night
  • night photography
  • Stormy
  • stormy skies
  • String Lights
  • up above

The story behind the image

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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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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.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

The building

Equipment &

DJI Mavic Air 2
DJI Mavic Air 2
1/250 @ f/1.8 ISO1200 WB-Auto

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

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.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


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.

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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.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

San Loucenco do barrocal, portugal

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



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.

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