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The first dance



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SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates August 01, 2014
Lovely shot! Congrats!
norbertgal
norbertgal August 02, 2014
Thanks a lot :D
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HappyTree August 01, 2014
Gorgeous work..!
norbertgal
norbertgal August 02, 2014
Thank you very much :)
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life August 02, 2014
Aawww looove loove this to pieces...
looove the lighting here.. the couple is adorable !!
love the haze and warmth here ! :):)
norbertgal
norbertgal August 02, 2014
Thanks a lot! They are adorable indeed ;)
BrunoCruz
 
BrunoCruz August 04, 2014
Beautiful shot.
norbertgal
norbertgal August 04, 2014
Cheers!
suzierichards
 
suzierichards August 05, 2014
absolutely love this lighting! breathtaking.
norbertgal
norbertgal August 05, 2014
It was a beautiful time of the day! Thanks!
phillipvallespin
 
phillipvallespin April 11, 2016
beautiful

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in a remote location near an abandoned old mansion in Romania. First we came for the mansion and the beautifully haunting garden next to it, but this perfect light just caught my attention and drew us away from the construction itself. The newly weds felt light dancing, which made a perfect pair with the light.
Time
It was just that slight 10 minutes before the sunset, before the sun vanished behind the horizon. I do not like the sunset itself, but when the last sunrays (still bright enough to catch your attention) still make it through, well then everything seems to just be in the right place.
Lighting
It was all natural. Anything artificial would hurt me at that point.
Equipment
It was my entry-level Nikon D3100 with a Nikon 35 mm, F1.8 lens.
Inspiration
As I told before, this was not the main objective of the photo session. The light and the shadows made the picture alone. I was just an outsider watching this beautiful couple and enjoying the light. I barely remember the moment when I hit the button.
Editing
Well this was the tricky part. I knew there, before looking at the screen of my camera that the picture is a good one, I had no doubts about it. When I started post-processing it, I did it in the usual way: a little sharpness, minor brightness and contrast adjustments and it was there, ready to share with the couple and the world. I also submitted it to a website if I recall correctly. But I missed something. The mood itself. I saw the wedding dress flying in a perfect shape, but I could not feel it. Then I started from the zero. First I changed the DOF of the photo: blurred the front part of the image, and the background. I also masked some content here as well. The I changed the contrast of the image manually: added some more light where the sun was, and highlighted the shadow parts. In the end I made the color adjustments with the selective color tool.
In my camera bag
There is no big mistery here. My Nikon D7100 is always with me, together with a Sigma 18-35 mm, F1.8 Art lens. My Nikon 35 mm, F1.8 is also there for a backup, even though it is not the sharpest lens in the world. As I am usually in search of "that" bokeh, I keep close a Nikon 135 mm F2 DC too. The rest is magic.
Feedback
The best is a curvy landscape, which has a small slope in the opposite direction of the sun. I would choose the golden hour again and I will choose it till the end of the time. Let the couple be themselves and play around in PS, if everything is perfect, except from the post-processing. ... and one more thing. If you are not satisfied with the result. Do it again... and again... and again.

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