michyoung
michyoung

Back Bay Dock



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jeffswanson
 
jeffswanson August 31, 2014
Nice shot.
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 September 01, 2014
Awesome pov ")
nelinr
 
nelinr September 05, 2014
Great shot... love this
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel April 06, 2015
G-r-e-a-t!!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Back Bay Reserve, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Time
Sunset
Lighting
As sunsets go, shots like this either need a neutral density filter or some post processing to illuminate the subject. In this shot I pulled the background in post, then pushed the dock creating a more realistic view of what was displayed to the eye. I shoot in RAW so I can achieve a lot of recovery prior to forming a JPEG. I did not need to do much to this photo after RAW processing.
Equipment
Nikon D300, Tokina 12-24mm hand held.
Inspiration
I love symmetry in photography. I noticed that a portion of the dock sticks out parallel to the shoreline and as I set up for this shot my position naturally gravitated to the most symmetrical composition. I tend to follow what my body and eyes gravitate to when setting up for a shot.
Editing
I used CS5 RAW converter and pushed and pulled as described in the lighting section. Saturation was also achieved in the RAW converter. I finished by a slight crop correction and using the dodge tool on the dock to highlight some detail at about 10% opacity.
In my camera bag
Nikon D300; Nikon 50mm f1.4 AIS;Nikon 50mm f1.8G; Nikon 85mm f1.8D; Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX; Tokina 12-24mm; Sigma 150mm f2.8; Manfrotto Tripod; LEE Big Stopper and assorted LEE adapter rings; Nikon SB 600 flash.
Feedback
I just have two recommendations for those who already know the technical aspects of photography such as how to set up your camera, rule of thirds, etc.: 1. Shoot landscapes at "The Golden Hour" for this kind of look. The clouds added character to the water so I did not use my big stopper this time. 2. Position yourself in the best possible location to capture a great composition.

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