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This photo was taken during a very special styled shoot: It tells the story of Cat and Sami who eloped on the Walberla at sunset. The Walberla is a well-known mountain in Franconian Switzerland, which I first visited during a bike trip with my boyfriend.

I immediately fell in love with this mountain and its magical atmosphere. Within a few weeks, I then organized the styled shoot. I wanted to highlight this fairytale-like place with vintage-inspired clothes. My goal was to create timeless and whimsical pictures. I also tried to combine the unique landscape and our couple as harmonically as possible.

This styled shoot was a dream come true because I really put my heart into it and everything really worked out so well – especially our beautiful couple plus the amazing sunset. However, there was one big challenge: the later it got, the windier and colder it became. We took many warm-up breaks because our bride was freezing a lot.

This slowed down the shooting extremely. After sunset, I ended the shoot early because I was too worried about Cat, who I guess was too brave to say anything. God bless her. ;) As beautiful as the location was, my couple was more important to me than taking a few more pictures. The submitted photo is one of the last pictures we took.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

In this photo I told the couple to take each other by the hand and to enjoy the special mood of blue hour. The sun had just set.

What did you say?

Sami, could you take Cats hand once again and lead her gently along the way? Cat, it would be amazing if you’d held your bouqet up a little bit higher. This will be all about your silhouettes.

How did you compose your image?

To talk about the composition I first have to talk about how the final image came together: After I edited the photo in Lightroom, I copied the image four times in Photoshop and arranged them for the final result. I also used masks and multiple layers to do this. I wanted to create art rather than a traditional photo. As you can see, by multiplying the edges and arranging them using the rule of thirds, I created a frame within a frame. It also works great because it looks like the couple is walking clockwise in a loop – symbolizing their eternal love for each other.

How and what did you focus on?

I placed the auto focus directly on the couple by tapping on my camera screen.
Because they walked very slowly, it was very easy to track them.

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How did you use the light in your image?

This photo was taken during the blue hour: The blue hour is the period of twilight when the sun is at a significant depth below the horizon. I used this kind of light to light my couple from behind, creating a silhouette and emphasizing the beautiful sky and the amazing scenery. Blue hour doesn’t last very long, so you don’t have that much time to shoot before it completely gets dark. I think shooting at blue hour is easier than shooting at golden hour because your camera can’t struggle with the focus so much. Because during golden hour, the light can hit your sensor in different ways, making it sometimes harder to get the focus right and dealing with sun flares. During blue hour, we get the calmer and even smoother “rest” of the sunlight.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon R6

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/2500

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

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

I used a preset for backlit pictures I created for myself and adjusted it to the image. I was going for warm and earthly tones. The final image was put together in Photoshop as I mentioned earlier. So, after I edited the photo in Lightroom, I copied the image four times in Photoshop and arranged them for the final result. I also used masks and multiple layers to do this. I wanted to create art rather than a traditional photo.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

own custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

The hardest part was arranging the layers to create the final picture.
I had to mask out certain parts of the pictures and look out for symmetry.

How did you solve them?

It was more of a trial and error thing, but it worked out in the end. :)
I also used the rules of third to arrange the layers.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I usually keep my pictures very natural and edit them only in Lightroom.
However, I wanted to try something different and make something special out of an already beautiful picture. It was fun to arrange the images in Photoshop and play around. The final result definitely stands out and works as an element of surprise: Whether it’s a gallery or your insta feed – it’s a scroll stopper. Maybe not everyone will like it. But I think it can be a fantastic way to wow your client and your audience while also telling a story.

Sarah Guber

Shooting since

2019 (professionally)

Current Home

Nuremberg

Website

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Hi! I’m Sarah – a wedding photographer based in Nuremberg. I love taking raw and intimate photos in a fairytale-like style. When I am not drinking coffee or reading books, you can find me wandering in the woods or hiking in the mountains. I am a person who falls in love with sunsets and beautiful landescapes again and again. One day I want to travel the world with my camera.

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