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On this day, we photographed in Owczarnia, a beautiful place in the south of Poland; famous for hundreds of sheep grazing nearby. We planned a short session right after the first dance, in a nearby clearing, to catch our couple in the company of these animals. A few minutes before leaving the room, the sky clouded over and the storm began to form. The sunny session became just a memory, but we had the opportunity to create something more nostalgic that we sincerely love.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

Our Bride wore a beautiful train. We asked her to grab its edge and rock it left and right. We wanted the train to wave in the wind. We spoke specifically and quickly because Kasia perfectly understood what we wanted to do.

What did you say?

“Now grab the edge of the train and sway it in the wind. Left to right, so that it blows strongly. Relax and enjoy this moment.”

How did you compose your image?

We opted for the central frame. We wanted to have a nostalgic, classic shot. We placed Kasia more or less in 2/3 of the frame to leave a lot of space for the background. It was very heavy, with clouds and dark mountains. We photographed from the front to make the photo as simple as possible.

How and what did you focus on?

We set the focus manually and used focus peaking. The Bride was standing in the same place all the time, so we had no problem hitting the point. We wanted to catch a sharp face and a fuzzy train, which we did with most of the photos at that moment.

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How did you use the light in your image?

Throughout the session, thick clouds were covering the sky. The clouds scattered the light which made things very easy because we could use any place in the clearing and choose the one that had the most interesting background.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A6400

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/640

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

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

We used one of our black and white presets. We loved the contrast between the white dress and the dark mountains. We didn’t need color for anything – the photo was losing its power because of it. We chose two photos that we liked the most from the entire series. In Photoshop, using a stamp and fill, we retouched the background, which showed a lot of unnecessary buildings. We overlapped both photos and changed the blending mode of one of them. In this way, we obtained the effect of double exposure.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC Classic

Preset

Custom Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was to change the concept of the session. The day started beautifully and we didn’t see any clouds in the sky. We planned a lively, spontaneous photoshoot during sunset and a few moments after it, or even a few night photos with the stars in sight. Unfortunately, a storm started to form a few minutes before the session and we had to change the concept.

How did you solve them?

We decided that instead of resigning from going out, we would adapt to the conditions and focus on a calm and nostalgic mood. Although the effects were different from what we originally planned, we were happy with what we were able to photograph. We always try to have a few backup plans in mind – just in case.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

If, like us, you like to experiment with double exposure, try to plan in advance what you will need. Not every photo is suitable for this, and the effect is worth the few moments you spend on reflection. We used to photograph so that we get double exposure already in the camera, but working at home, taking separate photos gives you much more control.

Lightsome Studio

Shooting since

2013

Current Home

Poland

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For years, we have been creating tender love stories. We are looking for beauty in everyday life and small gestures, we appreciate diversity and photograph with open minds. We live and work together. We love good stories about people. We photograph to tell our own – those about crazy expeditions and daily routine. About two people who found each other in this big world. About bare feet on the dance floor, tears on the cheeks, and whispered marriage vows.

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