Photographed by Flora Gibson

Story

This image was taken mid-way through my couples adventure elopement day, we saw a field of beautiful weeds and we quickly pulled over. I had some regret after leaving the meadow for not doing some shutter drag or capturing any blurred movement which is what inspired this edit. I played around with how I wanted the movement to look, clearly, my couple is standing still in this, I was worried it would look too weird with this pose but it eventually was my favorite version.

I had some raws of them running towards me but not across the frame. In retrospect, I would have loved to have them running across and had the movement going in the same direction.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherNatural

I asked the groom to snuggle into the bride’s neck, once he did that I asked him to step closer and put his hand in his pocket. I asked Kendall to look down at her shoulder and close her eyes.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“[Groom], can you snuggle into [Bride]’s neck and while you’re doing that, get nice and close but keep your one hand in your pocket. [Bride], i want you to now look down across your shoulder and really enjoy this moment together.”
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Composition

Center FramedBroken RulesWide

I tend to be boring with composition, I position my clients center frame way to much. This was no exception, but I do think with motion blur this was a good choice so the blur surrounds my clients. Even something as ‘boring’ or ‘safe’ as center framing the couple can bring out a beautiful image.
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Don’t feel pressured to come up with an “incredible” new composition when going simple works just as well.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on brides eyes Live View Continuous
The z6ii focus is pretty incredible. I use a focus area and rarely miss focus, the large box was over their heads in this image.
Light & Weather

Soft LightDarkEvening

The specific time the image was taken there was fog covering the sun, so the light was muted and flat. Because of this, I didn’t have to worry too much about where to position my couple. This soft light doesn’t last forever though – so we did have to move quite quickly before things got a little too dark.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/5000 f/1.8 ISO 100 WB 7200 K

Camera

Nikon z6ii

Lens

Nikkor 28mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic archipelago exfilm 8

Software used:

 

I started off in Lightroom applying ex film 8 by archipelago collective. I wanted the black and white to have a lot of contrast in the lights and shadows to pick up the movement. I adjusted the crop and then imported into photoshop. There I applied motion blur in the drop-down menu in a new layer. I then used the brush to erase the blur over my clients. I adjusted the opacity of the eraser as I moved from their heads down to their feet, as I wanted it to be a gradual shift.
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This image was edited with

archipelago exfilm 8

Challenges & Solutions
I really struggled “erasing” the movement over my couple and where it should be erased in a graduated way. specifically over the vail. I edited it 5 different times, and kept coming back to it. Being happy with it at night and waking up and realizing it was terrible

Location

Garden / Field United States

big sur california

Big Sur, California, United States of America

Final tips & Advice

I would love to do this affect again in a movement shot, but I know the brushing will be much more time consuming. One thing that I would advise everyone is to just try new ideas. Whether thats out shooting or while you’re editing. No one said you have to be placed in a box and do things a certain way. Experiement. Fail. Succeed. Find your voice.
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Flora Gibson

Photographer United States of America Nikon z6ii 28 mm 1.4
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