• Above
  • broken rules
  • Center Framed
  • Details
  • Dinner
  • Evening
  • High Angle
  • Indoor
  • Leading lines
  • Looking down
  • Moody
  • Soft Light
  • Table Setting

The story behind the image

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They had their wedding in a pub on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in a popular ski town. It seemed fitting for such a celebration to incorporate a Shot Ski into the evening festivities. What is a Shot Ski you may ask? Well, it’s basically a bunch of shots set up on a ski that you partake in with others. A big hit amongst the guests + fun to both witness + photograph. One of the first things we noticed when walking into the space was the large balcony that overlooked the dinner. Balcony’s always make us very excited as they allow for a different perspective.
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Using the balcony to get above the subjects provided a unique perspective to the shot ski. I wanted to frame the subjects in the lower third of the image which would allow the symmetry of the tables and guests eating to still be in the frame. I had pre-scouted from the balcony knowing that if the shot ski were to happen on the bar, some climbing + leaning over would be required in order to get the shot. And thankfully it did unfold that way. Not only does the composition make our eyes happy but it also captured the casual and fun atmosphere of their reception.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

As I had to lean over the balcony railing to get my desired composition on this image I had to shoot on live view. I moved my focal point to the lower third of my frame in order to focus on the guests enjoying the shot ski.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Shot Ski

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/200 @ f/2.0 ISO3200 WB-6500

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

The room was bright enough that we were able to use the ambient light + shoot at a higher ISO. As the image was shot from above the subjects were lit quite nicely on their own when they tipped their heads up to take the shot.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We started by applying our preset (which is a heavily altered version of the original VSCO preset) + changed the white balance. Once the color of the image was good it was exported from Lightroom + opened up in PhotoShop to remove a few distractions. Adding some grain in Alien Skin was the final step in the editing process.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used
Heavily altered VSCO Preset


The main challenge was the climbing + leaning that was required in order to get the desired framing.

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I pre scouted what I would need to do in order to get the shot. That way I was prepared when the opportunity presented itself as everything happened quite quickly.

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Location Name

Dusty's Bar and BBQ

Location aDDRESS

2040 London Ln RR 2, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2

Loation Type




Whenever entering a new space make sure to check out all of your surroundings. Anything that allows you to get a different viewpoint is a gift. Use it.

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