Photographed by Olguin Photography

Story

Before I took this image, I always had in mind to create a more abstract shot since it’s a very iconic landmark. It’s been photographed thousands of times before by other photographers and tourists so I didn’t want a “standard shot”.

I always had in mind that I didn’t want my couple to be standing still in the centre of the frame, so to add more interest I had the couple walk across the frame. The challenge was to wait until I didn’t have any other people in the frame because it’s a very busy area in Sydney, so patience was key and I’m thankful that they were patient with me.

The bonus of this image are the seagulls flying just behind the couple. To me, it’s that little extra added touch that I think is a reward for being patient.
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Directions

EnergeticNaturalWalking

“Ok folks, when I say go, just start walking. Also, Jet can you make sure you are about 1 or 2 steps ahead of Simon so I can see both of you in the frame!?”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsLower ThirdsLeading LinesWideNatural Frames

If your camera has the rule of thirds in your viewfinder then use it. Especially when it comes to architecture. It will help you line things up straight. Sometimes if your frame is off and when you crop in post, you may end up cutting off parts of the image that you would perhaps not really want to be cropped out. So to avoid this try to shoot the image straight in-camera.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on the couple Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightDarkMoodyNatural LightSunny

Equipment & EXIF

1/8000 f/1.2 ISO 64 WB Auto

Camera

Sony a7iii

Lens

Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM

Editing

This image was edited with

own preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

City Australia

The Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Final tips & Advice

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Olguin Photography

Photographer Sydney, Australia Sony 24mm
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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“One should not only photograph things for what they are, but for what else they are.” — Minor White

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