• Blue Hour
  • Center Framed
  • Lake
  • Middle Thirds
  • minimal
  • Minimalistic
  • Natural Light
  • Soft Light
  • swimming
  • Water

The story behind the image

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We were in Riccardo’s (my husband) home town of Lago Di Garda, Italy. We had this super cute couple for a styled shoot a few days before this picture was taken, and we met up again. It was a beautiful summer evening and we took them for a ‘tour’ through the beautiful city of Sirmione. We walked right close to the lake and it just looked so inviting. We all decided then and there to go for a swim and as I always have my camera with me, I took this opportunity to take some more photos of them.

As we were swimming about, they knew I was going to take some pictures and before I knew it – she climbed on him and gave him a beautiful kiss. I didn’t say or direct anything – that moment just happened. I got myself into a position to get the shot and moved on from there.
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I wanted to get a shot where I had the couple in the water, and in order to get this shot I had to get in as well. Normally I avoid having the horizon cut through my subject’s head but in this particular case I really liked the way that the eyes created a line with the horizon. I then positioned and angled my camera to get that framing.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The focusing was very simple to achieve as we had plenty of light to work with. I simply focused on my couple’s faces through my viewfinder and the camera did it’s thing.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Guys face

Equipment &

Sony A9 II
Sigma Art 28mm f/1.4
1/1000 @ f/2.2 ISO800 WB-Shadow

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

This was taken during sunset, but since the lake has big, beautiful mountains around it, the sun did disappear from the sky quite soon. This allowed us to have really beautiful, soft light and meant that we could pretty much shoot in any direction. In this case, the sun was just off to the left & behind our couple.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day

Blue Hour

Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I liked it really how it was but i like also our warm mood, so i warmth it a lot with the white balance, put a lot of grain into and brought the lights down, the shadows a bit up and the situation a bit up too with the gradient filter in the background.

I really liked the natural feel of the image, but also our warmer style. So I ended up warming it up quite a lot with the white balance, added in our grain, and then tweaked the highlights & shadows as well as the saturation. Finally, I used a gradient filter in the back to create a balance in the overall image.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The only real challenge I had was just making sure that my camera stayed dry.

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There is no real solution besides being extra vigilant. You just gotta be careful. I also always kept the camera in my hand and quite high, so that if I did fall – i could keep it out the water. If we had more time, I would have grabbed a plastic bag to cover the camera but it was all just spontaneous.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

25019 Sirmione, Brescia, Italy

Loation Type




Take every time your camera with you. Even its a small camera with a light lens. You get this job cause your hobby was to take picture. When we start to work as an Photographer, sometimes we really forget to take pictures like we done it in the past, where the camera was the first think we put in our bag.

Always take your camera with you, even if it’s a small camera. You never know what cool moments could come up or spontaneous shoots could happen. In the end, you likely got into this whole career because you love taking pictures. When we became professionals, we found ourselves forgetting to take pictures like we did right in the beginning – where our camera was the first thing to be packed in the bag.

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