• black & white
  • Leading lines
  • Wide
  • symmetry
  • Soft Light
  • soft
  • Serious
  • photoshop
  • Perspective
  • Outdoor
  • Lightroom
  • High Angle
  • black and white
  • High
  • full body
  • Drone
  • DJI Mini 3 pro
  • DJI
  • Couple Standing Apart
  • Cloudy
  • Center Framed
  • BW
  • Window

The story behind the image

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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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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.

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Tone of Directions



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.

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Compositional Rules

Broken RulesSymmetry


Center FramedWide


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

The middle of the building

Equipment &

dji mini 3 pro
1/120 @ f/1.7 ISO100 WB-6400

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

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

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Light Type

Natural LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop


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.

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

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Hotel Humaniti, Montreal, Canada

Loation Type




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.

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