Photographed by The Hendrys

Story

This photo was taken at Yosemite National Park (although you wouldn’t be able to tell from this particular frame, ha) in October 2020. The couple was originally due to have a larger wedding in LA, but due to the ol’ apocalypse screwing plans left and right, they opted for an elopement in Yosemite instead. Not that we were complaining. We helped the couple plan out all of the logistics involved, and it ended up being better than we imagined.

The main goal for the day was to hit Taft Point to soak up one of those top-notch sunsets you always see floating around IG. The first time we visited, it certainly provided, but the light quality the second time around with this couple was just breathtaking.

We have always been a fan of prisms and using items to bend light in front of the lens, etc. (our favorite toy right now is our old-ass 24mm tilt-shift which yields some interesting results!). But for this shot, we stuck with our trusty Canon 35mm, and to jazz things up we used our triangle prism for a frame or two, just to mix things up. The times when we normally use this, we just put it to the side of the frame for a slight light leak effect, but this time we thought about using it in the middle of the photo instead for sh*ts and giggles. It was just a little test shot and nothing that really stood out to us at the time. In fact, we didn’t even like it that much… But the half-face look ended up appealing to us a lot, and here we are!
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Directions

CalmSeriousStanding apart

“Okay folks, close your eyes and let’s take all this amazing energy in”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesMid Range

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightNatural LightBlue HourEvening

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/2.0 ISO 1000 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

Additional Equipment

Prism

Editing

Adobe Camera Raw Custom preset

This image was edited with

Custom preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Mountains United States

Yosemite National Park

Taft Point, Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, California 95389

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The Hendrys

Photographer United States of America Canon 5D Mark III Canon 35mm f/1.4 II
Scottish duo living our best lives in Los Angeles! More importantly, parents of two babe-licious rescue bunnies who keep us sane. The sober and vegan lifestyle is our jam. We only take life seriously when it really matters (adulting can suck at times!). We have a deep-rooted connection with each other and that’s why we work so well together. It’s quite cute really. We are not typical wedding photographers, that is for certain. We go against the usual grain, and that’s exactly how we like it to roll. Normal is boring. Well, for us, at least. We’re constantly pushing ourselves creatively and are incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so we aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. If we could describe our work in four words they would be the following: Fun. Romantic. Creative. Honest. We’re also suckers for some awesome light.
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“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” — Luna Lovegood

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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