It was such an intimate moment between them that we only needed to wait for everything to flow. We only told them to have two minutes of closeness, kisses, and contact with each other and we could have taken the same photo in a moment of smiles but we thought that this image would work better in a romantic moment, a kiss. Without a doubt, the drops on the umbrella and the unfocused kiss were a good combination.
Guys! It is your moment, we want you to be very close together and to enjoy this moment of calm between you. Touch, hug and kiss, do not talk, say everything with your eyes.
This image could have worked very well vertically as well, but we thought that horizontally, with them centered in the image, we could show the environment, that it could be seen that they were on the mountain alone. We looked for intimacy and drama, the kiss inside the umbrella gave us intimacy and the clear raindrops gave us the drama in the image.
We almost always choose the single point focus mode to work, and the autofocus. This time we decided to focus on the drops of water so that it was not such a simple image. If we had focused on the kiss, the raindrops would not be so well appreciated and we think that the drama of the image was there.
Single Shot Autofocus
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.
The light we had was at sunset, but with the sky totally cloudy and raining. The light in the primary shot was much higher but we decided in the edit to make it a softer light, much closer to dusk. At weddings you never know what light you are going to find, even if you see on television that it is going to be a sunny day, never trust it!
But the good thing about rainy days is that you have a much simpler and more forgiving light and although it does not highlight the colors, you can play with many other values such as contrast, black and white, depth of field …
It would have been great if a rainbow could be seen in the distance but it would be too lucky for us :)
We always edit photos in Lightroom Classic CC. We used the black and white of A fist full of bolts (Sean Flanigan). To give it more drama, we lowered the exposure a couple of points and raised the whites a little. We do not use any brushes to clone or to darken/lighten areas. We also added a little bit of contrast to make the drops look sharper.
Shooting in the rain is not always easy, it is somewhat uncomfortable if you are not well prepared. Luckily we always carry plastic protectors for these occasions, although the equipment we have is sealed, you never know what might happen.
It also has to be a short session since the couple is also getting wet and they have to continue with their wedding and hang out with their guests afterward. If it were an after-wedding, the pressure would be infinitely lower.
The best solution so that they did not get wet was to use the umbrella. It also helped us to better frame the couple and that they were very close. We did a somewhat shorter session than usual so as not to get too wet.
Finca Prados Riveros
What we learned from this shot is that you can always take different photos even with bad weather. The most important thing is the attitude of the couple and having a clear frame to show the most powerful image. The rain, the umbrella, and the kiss were a perfect combination to create a dramatic image.
The advice we give is that you can always take a good photo in any circumstance of light or weather. You have to play with the elements you have to make it a timeless image.
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