the Shoot

Location Equipment
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For this image, I wanted to portray an intimate moment between the couple in an overcrowded room. The main idea was to create a juxtaposition effect, where intimacy meets chaos.

The inspiration came from a painting that I saw many years ago, I cannot remember where I saw it or who the artist was, but it’s in my mind’s eye and I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve. The challenge for this image was to create what I saw in my mind without the couple disappearing in the business of the image so I used light to isolate the couple keeping them in center frame.

The other challenge was hoping that nobody would walk up to the couple when I was taking the photo so I had to be quick.
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Location Name

Peppers Manor House Sutton Forest

Location aDDRESS

Kater Road, Sutton Forest NSW



Location TYPE




Sony a7iii




Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Calm Natural Playful


I was standing on a staircase which is the next level up, so I came down to the couple to ask them to stand close together and whisper to each to create that intimacy. I knew I had to give my couple the directions when I was down with them so as not to yell to cause people to look up at me.

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What was said

Ok, I want to create a very different image where nobody is aware that you guys are being intimate in a crowded room. To achieve this we have to move quickly so nobody comes to chat with you, ok? So start talking to and whispering in each other’s ears. Make it look like you’re busy ;)

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Why I composed the way I did

I had to have the couple in the centre of the frame so they could stand out and be the centre of attention in the crowded room. Otherwise, the shot would not have worked. It’s a very straightforward uncomplicated composition but a very important one to achieve what I wanted.

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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Wide


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Continuous Autofocus

Focused on

the couple

Focus description

The focus was on the couple, I used autofocus because it was quick and easy as I had to be fast.

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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

This was mainly all-natural light with only small lamps being lit up in the room, but they weren’t doing much. The sun was being diffused by the large glass window and trees from outside. But the light was KEY here to make sure that the couple stood out from the crowd.

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Harsh Light Directional Light Rim Light Dark Moody Window Light Natural Light Indoor

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used
Preset Used

own preset

How I edited this image

The aim of the edit was to make the image look like a painting. So keeping everything quite moody was key. I applied my own preset and adjusted the sliders to create this darker, moodier look to the image. Also, with the blacks crunched slightly (Tone Curve), It helped to better match my vision of a “painting”.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge here was isolating the couple, but also trying to not have any of the people look at me or interrupt the couple. It had to be done quickly so pre-planning a shot like this is key.

Solutions I found

The only way to avoid the couple being interrupted or someone looking up at me, was to be quick. Speed was key.


You can create anything you picture in your mind if you are willing to try it. Initially, I wasn’t going to take this shot because I thought it would be too hard to achieve it without anyone looking at me taking the photo or interrupting the couple. It never hurts to try.
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Photographed by

Olguin Photography

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