• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Natural Light
  • sunny
  • Single Shot
  • Single Focus Point
  • Rule of thirds
  • Quiet
  • Personal Preset
  • off center
  • none
  • negative space
  • midday
  • Autofocus
  • Leading lines
  • Italy
  • Harsh
  • Hand movements
  • full body
  • Directional
  • Canon RF 28-70mm 2.0
  • Canon R5
  • calm
  • The Street

The story behind the image

Right after the ceremony we went to take some portraits around San Giminiano. The light was very harsh but that is something I enjoy more and more lately. At some point I asked Bea, the bride to take her veil off, but minutes after she told me that HUGE veil was made by her and that she wanted more pictures with it. So I said Let’s do it! This was the very first picture we took after that. I saw the contrast of the light and shade and that diagonal line and said: “stop right there”
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

This photo was a surprise because it was the first one we took after she put her veil back on. I said “Can you please stand there?” and a second after I saw the picture! I said “move you hands a bit, so the veil moves a little” and boom” I had it.

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What did you say?

Bea, move your hands a bit below the veil, I was to see it better

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Tone of Directions

Quiet, Calm


I saw the door behind me and asked her to step in the middle, but since she had the veil and dress train, I moved my composition a bit to the right to have everything breathe a little. Loved the diagonal line + the triangle her dress and veil made.

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Compositional Rules

Leading LinesOff CenterRule of Thirds


WideFull BodyNegative Space


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

not a big story on this. Just point and shoot :)

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

The bride's head

Equipment &

Canon R5
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2.0
1/2500 @ f/3.2 ISO100 WB-Cloudy

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

I wanted her and her veil to pop, so being all that white, I wanted the light to hit them and that way the background (shade) would be even dark, making her pop!

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

This was a VERY easy edit. I just selected the subject and lowered the highlights a bit to see the details of the veil.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Personal Preset


Honestly, not much. It was one of those times where you’re in the right place at the right time and magic happens.

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No challenges at all.

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Location Name

San Giminiano old town

Location aDDRESS

Piazza delle Erbe, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy

Loation Type




Don’t be afraid of harsh light, It’s more fun and exciting than you think. use it to create high contrast and shapes.

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