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This shot was completely unplanned. I was aiming to produce a really lovely romantic image where my couple were under the umbrella in the rain. But when I noticed the wind starting to pick up a stepped back, switched cameras with the one that had the 24mm lens. I then quickly put my camera in burst mode because I anticipated what was going to happen. Shortly after I positioned myself the wind picked up again this time harder than before and I started taking photos as the groom tried to control the out of control umbrella in the wind. I felt bad for not helping him, but I knew I had to keep shooting.

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How did you compose your image?

I wanted to shoot this with a wide lens because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with the umbrella, so I stepped back and framed my couple in the center of the frame. There wasn’t much behind the framing other than making sure I had enough room for them to move around my frame.

How and what did you focus on?

The focus was on the couple only. In scenarios where you want to capture something quickly, you want to fall back on the most basic of settings. In this case, autofocus, centre focus.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was very flat overcast light so it was pretty easy to work with. I didn’t need to think too hard about the direction of light for this shot.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/2000

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

320

White Balance

Auto

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

There wasn’t any major editing to be done, other than tone down highlights so you can see the City in the background. The light was flat and overcast so it was quite easy to edit.

Software Used

Preset

Own Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge with this shot was trying to make sure that I could keep everything in the frame when the groom was trying to control the umbrella from flying away.

How did you solve them?

The solution to keeping everything in frame was to step back and use a wide-angle lens

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When you see a scenario unfolding in front of you and you know will make for a great shot. Firstly put your camera in burst mode to make sure you capture the best frame possible, secondly step back and use a wide lens and thirdly, don’t feel bad for capturing the shot.

Olguin Photography

Shooting since

2009

Current Home

Sydney, Australia

Website

Instagram

I’m a husband, father of 3 and an avid coffee lover. My wife and I both run the business together and we have been since 2009. My wife (Cassie) works on the finance side of the business (the unseen parts) and juggles the three kids when I’m away on weekends shooting weddings (yes, she’s Wonder Woman). Myself (Alejandro) am the primary photographer. I deal with couples directly and I also still do all the editing myself. YES, I actually still enjoy it would you believe!? I really believe the editing is an important part of putting your final touch and creativity into the photos before delivery. Our business started back in 2008/2009 but back then I used to shoot primarily real estate and commercial work for a graphic design agency I used to work for, which then became my main clientele and who I shot for regularly. That slowly started shifting to weddings back in 2013 when I realised how much I LOVED documenting stories and I’ve now been shooting weddings full time since 2015.

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