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Hall of Hospitality

Balboa Park in San Diego. The arches and depth of field really stand out in this black and white rendition of the color version. I really like this one....
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Balboa Park in San Diego. The arches and depth of field really stand out in this black and white rendition of the color version. I really like this one.
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inetcar March 16, 2014
love it, bring on the music and lets dance.
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Behind The Lens

Hallof Tranquility, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.
This was taken in the late afternoon, early evening.
What I really liked about this shot was the way the sun was coming through the columns. I really liked the shadows casted by the columns and the cover of the portico. I shot this in color as well, but the B&W really brings out the contrasts.
I use a Canon EOS T3i. This was taken without a tripod. I used a EFS 18-55 mm
I really liked the depth the hall gave to the picture. All the columns and the dimensional feel it provided.
I typically use Picasa for post-processing. This photo was cropped and framed utlizing the software and sharpened along with changing color to B@W.
In my camera bag
I typically carry several lens: 18-55, 75-300 mm, 50mm, Macro lens and my telephoto 170-500mm. I carry a wide assortment of filters as well for a variety of lighting situtations. I also carry cleaning equipment, batteries, and spare lens covers
I think first and foremost in order to take a photo like this, one must wait. I can attest that I have little paticence, but photography has taught me to the value of patience. Set the photo up. I remember this shot as there were a lot of people about, so waiting for the right moment without people in the shot was a bit nerving. Utilize natural light to your advantage in nearly every shot you take. Although I do utilize a flash occasionally, it is not the first thing I grab in low light. Camera's today have a multitude of settings and you can compensate for light if you know who to set up the camera and the shot. The main concept on this shot is aperture. f/4.5 - f/5.6 is fairly wide and will allow ample light to hit the sensor. I would also suggest taking several shots and adjust the aperture, and focal lengths to get what you want.

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