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The story is quite simple. I’ve always wanted to create a photo where the couple is lost in the scenery. My friends, for whom I was doing the engagement session, wanted photos in the city, and here in Montreal, there are numerous tall buildings. So, I decided to create this photo with a drone in the hotel where my friends were staying. It’s both an architectural shot and very subtle because the couple is submerged in the scenery, which goes against the “rules” a bit.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I had my AirPods in my ears, and we were on a phone call so that I could guide them because at the time of the shot, I was outside at the bottom of the hotel, and they were several floors higher. There was no way of actually speaking to the couple without using some sort of communication device.

What did you say?

Guys, when you’re up there, just go into a very simple position that isn’t too complicated. Simple is better here.

How did you compose your image?

With my drone high above, I guided my friends through the phone as they stood in the grandeur of the hotel. The couple, positioned slightly apart, became part of the symmetrical lines and leading edges surrounding them. I wanted to create a captivating blend of human connection and architectural beauty, where the couple got lost within the mesmerizing scenery. The result was a photograph that perfectly captured the harmonious interplay between the couple and the stunning architectural backdrop.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on symmetry and ensuring that the corner of the building was precisely at the center of the photo, with its edges touching the top and bottom of the frame. Of course, I used a few tools in Photoshop to achieve the final result.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was a cloudy day with occasional snowfall, but the highlight was that the sun didn’t pose a problem for taking the photo.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

DJI Mini 3 Pro

Lens

DJI Mini 3 Pro

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/120

Aperture

f/1.7

ISO

100

White Balance

6400

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

First, I used Lightroom to make color adjustments and convert the photo to black and white. Then, I moved to Photoshop to work on the symmetrical aspect of the image.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop

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What challenges did you face?

The primary challenge was launching the drone in the midst of the city, which was hindered by interference. Additionally, the outdoor temperature was around 3 degrees Celsius, posing another obstacle. Lastly, there was the issue of reflections from the sky in the windows during the actual shooting.

How did you solve them?

Purely by luck was I able to overcome these challenges. There was nothing else I could do but just try and see what happens.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

It’s crucial to thoroughly prepare the equipment and consider all the small details. Attention to detail can make a significant difference in the outcome of the photography session.

Jay Zack Eli

Shooting since

2018

Current Home

Canada

Website

Instagram

I’ve been taking pictures since I was 16 for fun, but nothing professional. Since 2018 I decided to go full time with my photography (I was in the French special force before).

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