Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Jaira & Daniel came from the US to celebrate their Big Day in the company of their friends and relatives. It was one of the most energetic & cheerful wedding days we’ve ever shot.

This specific photo was made at the very end of the day by the foot of the Skogafoss Waterfall. It was the last location to visit and shoot at, mainly because it’s one of the wettest places we’ve ever been to and made pictures at and there is no way to continue shooting after that. So we took everything we could from this :)
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Location

Location Name

Skogafoss

Location aDDRESS

GFHP+QP Evindarhólar, Iceland

Country

Iceland

Location TYPE

Waterfall

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

no flash

Lens

Canon 24mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Energetic Natural Kissing

Description

There is no way we can control the couple at the foot of the huge waterfall, that’s why we just directed the couple to walk towards the waterfall and to keep kissing at the point we mentioned where they should go to. Meanwhile, we were following their steps shooting and finally stopped at some point to capture the kiss with the waterfall in the background.

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What was said

Could you guys just take each others’ hand and walk towards the end of the path?! Once reaching it – just face each other, kiss, and feel the power of the water falling down! It’ll be just epic!

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The composition here is pretty simple – to show the whole spot and scenery, we shot it pretty wide. Put the couple right in the center, to bring additional focus on them and their passionate kiss. We also tried to shoot a bit lower, to show the very top of the waterfall and add a bit of extra scale to the whole scene.

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Tags

Center Framed Leading Lines Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

the couple

Focus description

We chose the focusing point at the lower part of the viewfinder with our single focus point. Usually, we shoot a lot via Live View, but it wasn’t an option, because of the huge amount of water and mist coming from the waterfall.

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Shutter Speed

1/2500

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

400

White Balance

5800K

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

How the light was used

It was at the very end of the shoot and the sun was pretty low. That means the light was very diffused and soft, which is definitely a win situation for any photographer. As the sun was very low, and we were in the canyon, the direction of the light was not so important. We instead focused more on the background and composition of our couple than on where the light was coming from.

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Tags

Soft Light Dark Moody Cloudy Evening

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

We first used our color preset in the picture. Then corrected the exposure and white balance and reduced contrast & cropped the image to center the couple. Then we used a gradient to bring back some details and exposure to the water at the top of the image. We did some brushwork to return exposure and contrast to the couple. Finally, we finished with adding some grain to the whole image.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was definitely shooting by the foot of the waterfall. That means a huge amount of water coming right in the lens.

Solutions I found

The solution is simple – we ALWAYS have a bunch of microfiber towels with us to clean the lens. If you don’t have some special towel – you can always borrow one from the hotel :)

Advice

Our main thoughts and advice for anyone – Try to always be prepared for any shoot. You should always be ready for any weather conditions, any situation you can face during the wedding day. Planning and preparations are very important to achieve brilliant results.
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Photographed by

ISKRA photography

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