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"I was lost and trying to find my way back to the hostel that I was staying. Even that I was really tired, I kept carrying the camera in my hand and kept i...
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"I was lost and trying to find my way back to the hostel that I was staying. Even that I was really tired, I kept carrying the camera in my hand and kept it on. And suddenly that child appeared in front of me. Her hair, dress and shoes were looking really retro and she was humming a song. Then something caught her attention on the wall and I pressed the shutter when she leaned towards the wall." -Behind the Lens with MehmetKOZAL

Camera: Canon EOS 650D | T4i
Lens: EF50mm f-1.8 II

Shutter: 1 - 320
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
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9 Comments | Report
Ayersphotography PRO
 
Ayersphotography September 30, 2014
Cute capture!
mehmetKOZAL
mehmetKOZAL September 30, 2014
Thank you!
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock September 30, 2014
love spontaneous shots like this!
mehmetKOZAL
mehmetKOZAL September 30, 2014
I love candid shots too. Thanks a lot.
BobbyDog
 
BobbyDog October 05, 2014
great shot.10 out of 10
mehmetKOZAL
mehmetKOZAL October 10, 2014
Thank you so much! I appreciate.
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Dacemac February 10, 2015
Superb! Congratulations!
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thenickelwell February 10, 2015
I love this candid shot! Absolutely amazing job and perfect exposure settings.
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annieedmondsskerchek August 14, 2016
Great shot!
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sovanchakraborty_3175 March 24, 2017
mindblowing
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Awesome
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Behind The Lens

Location
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Time
23 August 2013, 16:26:49
Lighting
The weather was moderately cloudy at that moment, so that helped to diffuse the sunlight. Also the sun is always stays at low angle in Scotland because it is in North. These two factors together created really soft shadows and soft light on the subject. Also I was lucky that there wasn't any tall buildings around to block the light.
Equipment
I took this photo with a Canon EOS 650D | T4i, using EF50mm f/1.8 II glass. Because I was doing candid shots and walking a lot, I wasn't carrying any tripods or any other equipment to save energy.
Inspiration
I was lost and trying to find my way back to the hostel that I was staying. Even that I was really tired, I kept carrying the camera in my hand and kept it on. And suddenly that child appeared in front of me. Her hair, dress and shoes were looking really retro and she was humming a song. Then something caught her attention on the wall and I pressed the shutter when she leaned towards the wall. It is one of those photographs that you know it is gonna turn out good before even you take it, because the composition or subject or story etc, is interesting itself.
Editing
I used ACR and Photoshop to post process the raw file. Because I am a videographer, I used the same kind of workflow as I use when I make videos. I had flattened the image in Adobe Camera Raw. (This workflow is coming from videography I guess. You flatten the video on camera using profiles, so it gives you a lot of head room in the post). Recovered the highlights and shadows, lowered the contrast to the lowest point and got rid of the noise a little bit. In the end, all data was pushed to the very middle of the histogram. Then in Photoshop, I did some subtle dodging and burning on subject using brushes on "soft light" blending mode. Then I did the same on the wall. After that, I worked on general contrast on the photograph using "curves". I also use "channel mixer" a lot to effect the contrast using different blending modes and also working on colors on the same layer. So I ended up using mainly a few "channel mixer" layers, "vibrance" and "levels". I used masks on all of them of course. And sharpened the subject using high-pass filter.
In my camera bag
I'm using a Case Logic DCB-308 camera bag. Inside; Canon EOS 650D body, EF50mm f/1.8 II and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lenses, Amazon Basics Monopod with a Joby Gorillapod Ball-Head, 2 Hama micro fibre cleaning cloths [one for the lenses, one for the screen] Air blower, Pocket Colour Wheel [if I need control over background and clothing etc] Notebook and a pen, Hoya NDX8 filter and a SRB Photographic Variable ND filter and Sling Wallet Case Bag Pouch, Lens Pen, Laser pointer, Simple "shoot" remote 2 Canon batteries and a charger. Ex-Pro® Tough-store Waterproof Memory Card Case Sandisk and Transcend class 10 SD cards. Pocket screwdriver set
Feedback
Keep your camera always on when you walk, and keep it ready to shoot. Don't wait until the last second to make changes on your camera settings. Because most likely you gonna miss the moment. For example, try to guess what do you need to change on the camera whenever you change places that has different lighting. If you are on the street and just about to use the tube|subway, you will need to change your exposure. Decide what metering and mode you are most likely gonna use in that particular place and environment and get your camera ready for the possible action before it is late.

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