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This picture was made at the very end of the elopement day of Shannon & Edward at the Reynisfjara beach. It was the last location on the route and since we had already taken a ton of awesome pics throughout their elopement we thought about asking the couple if they were keen to experiment and try something completely extraordinary. They were totally up for it and we went right ahead.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

The directions we gave were pretty simple – we just asked them to lay down at the sand, facing each other, and let them know that we’d be flying the drone above and taking pictures from that angle.

What did you say?

So, please, could you lay down on the blanket, face each other and just relax. You can kiss, hug or do whatever you want. Don’t forget to smile – we’ll see it all from the skies! :)

How did you compose your image?

The composition here is pretty simple and easy, and it doesn’t always need to be complicated. Here we wanted to show the scale and the fresh texture of ocean waves/black sand beach and the tiny couple lying on the sand. So we just put the couple to the center of the lower side of the frame to allow the ocean a bit more dominance in the frame. This makes the image feel a lot more interesting as the viewers are first presented with the rough seas, and then the calm couple.

How and what did you focus on?

Focusing was pretty easy here, we just focused on the couple and set up burst shooting mode (5 frames per second), and made several attempts to catch the ideally beautiful waves as they came closer to the couple.


How did you use the light in your image?

Since the beach was cast in such a deep shadow formed from the rocks to the right, the light direction really didn’t play such a big role. In fact, it allowed us to position our couple wherever we wanted to as it was soft in all directions.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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DJI Mavic Pro


DJI Mavic Pro





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

DJI Mavic’s camera always tends to make the white balance a bit too magenta. We corrected this and also adjusted the picture to be warmer – we lifted it up to 6800K. Then adjust the exposure and used our color preset #2. Afterward, we adjusted some HSL sliders according to the situation and colors in the picture, so that the picture stands out a little more. We finally added a little bit of grain and that was basically it.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The main problem during the shoot was the fact that the couple was pretty close to the waves, and we didn’t want them to get soaked :)

How did you solve them?

We needed to know how big the next wave was going to be, so it was very important to have an assistant keep an eye on the size of the waves. That’s why Tony was flying the drone and shooting, while Jane was trying to predict how big the next wave will be and warn the couple. It worked out!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

To create something very new, don’t be afraid to experiment. However you always need to plan everything thoroughly and, of course, you need a couple who trust you completely.

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Hey! We are Jane & Anton Iskra. We found each other in spring 2009 & married year and a half later. We love weddings and love to travel and most of all we love destination weddings. We are for those who love the in between moments, who prefer mood over technically correct images, who stray from the traditional and like to get a little weird, and who aren’t afraid to run around or hike a mountain side to get a killer shot.

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