LM-18032021

jump to

This image came about from the couple initially opting for this location. It’s super special to them, as this is actually where they became engaged! On the day of their wedding, however, we were met with a ranger as the couple hadn’t sorted a photography permit (and they’d actually already reached out and apparently were told one wasn’t required) and so for just 30 minutes shooting here (which was 15 minutes over the closure time of the gates for that day) was $250AUD! Not the best start to their wedding portrait session as this was our first of two locations, but we didn’t let this get to us too much and focused on what we were there for.

The mist was brought about by artificial machines which jet sporadically at this location – it was both a blessing and a curse. Not only did the mist actually give out water particles, but it was also raining and the path that they’re on isn’t the widest – add this in addition to battling with nature and I tried to keep out of my mind that on two occasions in that 30-minute shooting bracket I had two rather large spiders crawling on me! Oh! And add this also that the car that the bride and groom traveled in was only a 2 door bubble, meaning the groom was cramped in the back, the bride in the front, and of course, the car had no air-con either. She spent the first 10 minutes at this location, yes the time-sensitive, $250/half an hour location, trying to keep her nausea at bay.

The mist was as I mentioned above, often more a challenge than a blessing. The minute I saw it I thought oh hey, this is epic. The overcast skies actually made the greens of the forest completely luminous and the pockets of light between canopies was amazing. But the mist jets spray sporadically and intermittently and don’t really dissipate, adding this to misty natural rain and it wasn’t the easiest of conditions to deal with, especially with the added time-sensitivity of paid time & the gate closure. This shot was actually whilst we were beginning to rush back to the cars as we were 2 minutes away from our allotted time and didn’t want to frustrate the ranger!

Join the newsletter & be notified of new content

How did you direct your subject(s)?

As we were walking back towards the car, I simply asked the groom to hold the train of the brides’ dress so that it didn’t drag and fall off the ledge. We were in a bit of a rush as we didn’t have much time left for our shoot and we didn’t want to upset the ranger; so my directions were very simple, practical, and to the point.

What did you say?

lift up her train but don’t trail behind, walk close together until your back is surrounded by the mist.

How did you compose your image?

The composition of this image just kind of happened, I was watching the light pockets and where I’d directed them to head towards the mist jets and just saw them pop and snapped. I cleaned up a few loose leaves that were on the path as I found them distracting and feel with the pop of light of her dress with the leading lines of the path, they’re always the focus and the eye then wanders around the image to the mist and trees which again draw back your attention to the couple. Often I’ll have my subjects off to the side, but being centre aligned here to me just made the most sense.

How and what did you focus on?

As my couple were moving, I had my setting set to Continuous Autofocus, but kept it on a single point. I wasn’t too far behind them and was moving slowly towards them as they were heading away from me.

Advertisment

How did you use the light in your image?

The light was diffused by clouds and a forest canopy, but bring early afternoon was positioned behind me, beaming on them (due to a pocket between trees in the canopy). I was constantly on the lookout for little pockets of light in this forest due to the gloomy rainy conditions on the day.

What was the gear & settings you used?

*Links may contain affiliate links

Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 GM

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1000

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

320

White Balance

Auto

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

I have a custom black and white preset that I’ve tweaked over the years. On this, I added dehaze to make them really pop in this setting, and as mentioned above, cleaned up the path by spot removing some distracting leaves. I have this image processed in colour too, but converted to black and white and feel it’s become an entirely different image!

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

Custom Translucent Photography B&W

*Links may contain affiliate links

What challenges did you face?

Definitely the sporadic mist and the small path. Not the easiest conditions to shoot in, mixed in with an already overcast day, cranky ranger making us time sensitive and a dent in my client’s wallet and the natural rainfall too.

How did you solve them?

Optimising our time, keeping my couple close (a lot of intimate moments on a small path), and using the mist to my advantage with sourcing pockets of natural light through the breaks in the forest canopy above.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Keep level headed when unfavourable factors arise (cranky rangers, nauseous bride, spiders, rain, unpredictable mist, tight path, rain) and keep looking for those pockets of light. That’s what pushed me to be creative in our limited time at this location!

Translucent Photography

Shooting since

2011

Current Home

South Coast NSW, Australia

Website

Instagram

Located near Wollongong on the NSW South Coast, we photograph weddings & elopements across Australia & worldwide. We are a husband and wife team, full time, multi-award winning, Australian based Wedding, Elopement & Family Photographers. Documenting people surrounded by their people in the biggest milestone moment’s of their lives, or just a moment in time is undeniably the best feeling in the world. Witnessing, and capturing these moments where joy, love and adoration is in absolute fruition and the stresses of life are merely a distant memory even for just a moment, just fuels our passion. Welcome to Translucent Photography, we can’t wait to meet you!

Join the newsletter & be notified of new content

Keep on exploring

The Post Wedding Photographer
Fotolux
Francesco Rossi Photography
Adventure Instead
Robert Marcillas
Poeticae Studio

Want to be a part of
How I Shot This?

Login

Unlock all content

Unlock all 350+ photo breakdowns and insights and gain access to all future content too. Your supports helps the platform generate new content from the best photographers in the industry.

All subscriptions can be cancelled any time without a reason. You will continue to access all content until the end of the subscription period, after which your access will be revoked.

Unlock all content

Unlock all 350+ photo breakdowns and insights and gain access to all future content too. Your supports helps the platform generate new content from the best photographers in the industry.

Already have a subscription?

“Unlock all 350+ photo breakdowns and insights and gain access to all future content too. Your supports helps the platform generate new content from the best photographers in the industry.”

Choose your plan

All subscriptions can be cancelled any time without a reason. You will continue to access all content until the end of the subscription period, after which your access will be revoked.

Login to your account