• afternoon
  • Car
  • celebration
  • Center Framed
  • driving
  • flare
  • Italy
  • Leading lines
  • Light Flare
  • Narrow roads
  • natural frames
  • road
  • Soft Light
  • Sun flare
  • sunny

The story behind the image

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We had this gorgeous wedding in Puglia where right after the ceremony, the couple had planned to climb inside a really nice vintage car and drive to our little couple shoot location. Since the car meant a lot to our couple, we made sure to capture some moments they had inside it. We found a beautiful road surrounded by olive trees and asked them to drive up and down a few times just so we had the chance to get really cool angles as the light was also really, really nice.
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It was important for me to show the feeling of freedom with this image and let the imagination go wild. Driving off into the sunset with the hands in the air and the cans rattling were all part of the plan. We wanted to keep this shot wide enough to show everything: the car, the cans, the hands, the sun through the trees and of course the road. Finally, the road naturally creates leading lines which help bring the viewer through the image.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the car with a single point since I wanted to make sure that the car was always in focus. It was also a larger object in comparison to the couple and this was important since the couple was driving away from us. That being said, they didn’t drive so fast but we still chose to use continuous tracking to increase our chances of getting the shots in focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Car

Equipment &

Sony A9
Sigma Art 28mm f/1.4
1/4000 @ f/2,5 ISO500 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 really amazing; it wasn’t very strong but it was quite hazy and white even though we were quite close to sunset. We found a spot where we could block the sun with the trees and adjust ourselves slightly so we could let a little bit of the light hit the lens (creating a flare).

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edit this picture in Adobe Lightroom with our Preset Josi. I adjust the white balance and the light and shadow a bit

I edited this picture in Lightroom and very simply applied my Josi Preset, adjusted the exposure and white balance as well as the light & shadows. Sometimes an image doesn’t need much editing to work out just fine – and that is exactly the case here.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The hardest part was capturing the moment as it’s hard to keep doing it over and over again. We had to make sure everything was right: the composition, the light, our settings, etc…

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I had this picture in my mind before we took it, and so it was much easier to get myself into position and set up to take the shot. It wasn’t so much an “on the spot” image.

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Location Name

Masseria san giovanni

Location aDDRESS

72015 Fasano, Brindisi, Italien

Loation Type




Don’t be afraid to shoot a lot of pictures. Switch your camera to burst mode and just let your subjects drive into your frame. You can always cull down later, removing the shots that didn’t work and/or make a pretty cool GIF out of it all.

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