the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

The Opera House

Location aDDRESS

Sydney Opera House



Location TYPE




Sony a7iii




Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Natural Walking


I always envisioned a bit of movement so I asked the couple to walk across the frame and with the bride slightly in front of the groom so they could both be visible in the frame.

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What was said

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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Why I composed the way I did

I framed the image with the intention of it being abstract. I wanted the Opera House sails to be more silhouette and the couple more in focus. I knew that initially I had to have them in between the sails, but then I noticed the light was hitting the couple perfectly so I asked them to walk in the direction the light was hitting them. The light was the added bonus to making the couple stand out more.

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Rule of Thirds Lower Thirds Leading Lines Wide Natural Frames


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Continuous Autofocus

Focused on

the couple

Focus description

The focus of this image was solely on the couple. They were in the same plane field as the Opera House sails so I knew if I could hit the focus on the couple, everything else would be in focus too.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

I had full sun for this shot. The sun was located to my left but it was hidden by the opera house sail which gave me the perfect shot for a silhouette. I used the sun to highlight the couple and make everything else dark and underexposed to create the more abstract image I was trying to achieve.

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Harsh Light Back lit Rim Light Dark Moody Natural Light Sunny

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used
Preset Used

own preset

How I edited this image

I used my own custom preset and I was after a more muted/abstract tone. I brushed out a few distracting elements in the sky, like aeroplane trails but that was it.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The challenging part of this shot was avoiding other people in the shot.

Solutions I found

I had to wait until the perfect time – patience is key.


When you’re photographing an iconic landmark, try to think of photographing it differently, think outside the box. You don’t want your image to look like every other image out there.
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Photographed by

Olguin Photography

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