Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

We all know about the golden hour of sunlight – that moment the sun has just about set and the whole sky lights up with the warm tones & colors that make people stop and go “wow”!

But, there’s also a period just afterward, when the sun has set and the last remnants of light still linger about. This period, is the blue hour. It doesn’t last long, but if you can manage to capture your couple during this period – you are given an incredible palette to work with some truly soft, beautiful tones. That’s exactly what we did here. One of the best things we learned was to not stop shooting, even after the sun has set. Because this blue hour creeps up, is there for a moment, and then it’s gone.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherNatural

“Stand facing each other with you tummy’s touching, and then I want you to open up and form a sort of “v”. Now, both look out towards the setting sun and just enjoy this moment together. [Groom], put your arm around her waist and bring her in close. Completely be there with each other and forget about us right now. “
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsHorizon LineHigh Angle

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightDarkMoodyNatural LightSunset

Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/2 ISO 500 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Mountains South Africa

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

Final tips & Advice

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Melli & Shayne

Photographer Germany Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
We are Melli & Shayne, a couple coming from vastly different worlds but have been inseparable ever since we met in Zanzibar. We have been passionately capturing love stories since 2014 and have loved every step of the way. We love to meet fellow photographers, to share our knowledge amongst a bottle (or two) of wine and support every one wherever we can.
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