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We were passing close to a really big shed/barn when I saw that it would be possible to have extraordinary light inside the building close to around 17:00. So, I decided to take a look inside with my couple.

When I saw the scene, I imagined the couple receiving and embracing all context of incoming light. I wanted to highlight the light pouring in and to only let it light just a small part of the couple.

The challenge was to make the couple be lit as little as possible, given how much light was actually pouring in.

It was a matter of experimenting and moving my couple around, even if it took a bit of time. I believed so much in this image that it makes a difference when you spend that time looking for it.

What I would definitely try to change would be to adjust the light flares even more so onto the couples face.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I put on music to help get the couple in the mood and to also drowned out any noise that i was making as the photographer which could have been distracting. I then simply asked them to listen to the music, close their eyes and to imagine hugging, and kissing each other – all while listening to the song.

What did you say?

You beautiful guys, let’s have you just listen to the song, close your eyes and think about what it would be like to hug and feel each other now, then what it would be like to kiss each other, listening to your favorite song (Anchor – Novo Amor)

How did you compose your image?

I followed the Golden Ratio rule in this photograph. Well, I composed it because the information that stands out in this photograph is the Light and shadow, texture and the flares.

I honestly believe that shooting this in a portrait orientation would tell a completely different story, one that I didn’t htink was right for this moment.

My goal was to try to show the beauty of the massive beams of light, contrast, and the small, delicate couple. Although both have their beauty and importance. Another beautiful thing was the third light that formed in a unique way on the couple’s face, bringing warmth and admiration.

Finally, the lines from the light and the background form leading lines which help direct the viewers attention to the couple, and of course to the light itself.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused completely on the foreground, which was the couple.
I used autofocus, which i manually placed onto the couple. I used auto focus as a base, but I was the one who directed the focus point in the scene, using the camera joystick, bringing the focus to the subject I wanted. It was difficult at first to find the right light so that it wasn’t too dark, or not too bright, but i eventually found the balance i wanted.


How did you use the light in your image?

The light we had was coming directly from the sun through the window openings at the top. I had the couple positioned carefully so they were lit ever so slightly. And since I knew where the light was coming from and I wanted to create some lens flares, i positioned myself so that the light was just hitting the edge of lens. This created the lens flares.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Sony A7 III


Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM





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

I used the Authentic Love 01 preset. I adjusted it to bring out the warmer tones and played with the curves to get an “S” shape. I used a few local adjustments like the brush to enhance the light flares and bring a bit more color into the couple. I did all of this only in Lightroom.

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What challenges did you face?

There was a lot of darkness inside this building and because of this, my exposure settings were really difficult. I didn’t want to have a blurry image but I still wanted to capture the scene bright enough to see everything i was going for.

How did you solve them?

I chose to use a crazy ISO of 6500 and dealt with the noise in Lightroom later on. Fortunately it actually worked out to my advantage as it left a little bit of texture on the image.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned to wait for the right moment, and patience is important. I believe photographers should think more about minimalist composition, using Aura ratio rules, Golden Ratio, and not just shooting for instagram or facebook, pinterest…etc…
Certainly, given the opportunity to repeat this photograph, I would do it again without a shadow of a doubt.

Thiago Soarez

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My name is Thiago, I have an amazing family, I am in love with my family. I believe that we are the embodied extension of the greater love that governs all of this, which we call the universe. I have been a musician since I was 09 years old, I have lived professionally in music here in Brazil, but I found a love for telling people’s stories. I’ve been working with photography for 10 years and I want to live until the end of my life freezing time. All that I’m living today is just a good reflection on self-knowledge, self-control, and understanding our purpose in the short passage of life on earth. I found all of this in photography, it is the means by which I will walk until my last breath here. Love for others makes me believe in the most diverse ways of seeing the human being, as well as the Creator sees us. I see it in my photography clearly, in the light trails, in the three-dimensional colors, in the textures, and in all the complexity of being on a razor’s edge in this mathematically calculated universe, neither to one side nor to the other, just balanced .

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