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LOVE - Golden Gate



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Location
This photo is taken San Francisco, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge! My friend moved to Amsterdam last year and we had a chance to visit San Francisco together after one year living in Europe. She was really excited to see the city and the bridge and couldn't stop saying how much she loves the city. That inspired me to take this photo and name it Love, as we don't feel love only to living beings but we fell love to places and memories.
Time
This photo was taken after ending our hike to Sausalito, so it's sunset, probably around 6 pm.
Lighting
No additional lighting is used in this shot. I always try to shoot with the light that is available for me, so in this case, this was sunset golden hour. I add the fireflies in the post-processing step, as at the moment I didn't have small pocket "Christmas" lights I usually use for photoshoots.
Equipment
This was shot on FujiX e2, using my FujiFilm 56 mm 1.2 prime lens.
Inspiration
My friend moved to Amsterdam last year and we had a chance to visit San Francisco together after one year living in Europe. She was really excited to see the city and the bridge and couldn't stop saying how much she loves the city. That inspired me to take this photo and name it Love, as we don't feel love only to living beings but we fell love to places and memories. In my shot I add the fireflies afterward, expressing the love and the butterflies we fill in the stomach everytime we are in love.
Editing
Yes, I always post process my photos. I have my personal Lightroom Presets that I use to post-process the photos and I added the lights in Photoshop using Layers Masks.
In my camera bag
Usually, I travel as light as possible, so I have my mirrorless Fujix e2 camera with me with 56 mm and 28 mm prime lenses. It's really compact but powerful combo. Recently I start carrying around my drone, Mavic Air and my GoPro 4 (although I don't use them as much as I should :) ) I don't use a tripod, thus I never carry one.
Feedback
Feel the moment. Staged shots are nice but they lack the story and the emotions. I always think what kind of emotion I want to express through my photo? I am trying not to overthink it and keep it as simple as possible, and this works great as many viewers can see what I wanted to express with the shot. I see photography as an art form, so don't be afraid to experiment with postprocessing (as long as it's natural and it doesn't hide the story) - like in my shot I add the fireflies afterward, expressing the love and the butterflies we fill in the stomach everytime we are in love.

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