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Contest Finalist in Summer 2015 Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Coastal Landscapes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Tropical Sceneries Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Destinations Photo Contest by brooks institute
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Capturing The First Light Photo ContestTop 20 class
Capturing The First Light Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Ocean Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Ocean Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
The Ocean Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Adventure Land Photo Contest Outside ViewsTop 10 class
Piers Side View Photo ContestTop 10 class
Piers Side View Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
The Ocean And The Clouds Photo ContestTop 20 class
Beach Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
Beach Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Along The Shore Photo ContestTop 10 class
Along The Shore Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Mysterious Mornings Photo ContestTop 20 class
Mysterious Mornings Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Summer 2015 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Summer 2015 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Summer 2015 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Right Place And Time Photo ContestTop 20 class
The Right Place And Time Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Peaceful Sunrises Photo ContestTop 20 class
Peaceful Sunrises Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Coastal Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Coastal Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Coastal Landscapes Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Tropical Sceneries Photo ContestTop 30 class
Tropical Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 17Top 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 17Top 10 class week 1
The Tourist Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Tourist Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Destinations Photo Contest by brooks instituteTop 10 class

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AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair August 12, 2013
Beautiful!
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen September 20, 2013
Congrats.
ArtQ
 
ArtQ September 21, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Destination Contest.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 September 23, 2013
Beautiful! Congrats on your making finalist!
tlotter
 
tlotter September 23, 2013
Congratulations
jleiweke
 
jleiweke September 23, 2013
Congrats!
mloiz
 
mloiz September 24, 2013
Nice capture!!
shonette
 
shonette February 20, 2015
Outstanding!
Remraf
 
Remraf June 23, 2015
Great shot!
tetvet
 
tetvet June 23, 2015
nice shot congrats
VHiggins
 
VHiggins June 23, 2015
perfect timing! just lovely! congratulations!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 23, 2015
stunning..Congrats! (:
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud June 23, 2015
Beautiful capture of light and sun. Congratulations.
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman June 23, 2015
Very nice job. Congrats on being featured.
Olwen PRO+
 
Olwen June 23, 2015
Surreal
andinorwich PRO
 
andinorwich June 23, 2015
nice catch for the light placement! ;)
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan June 23, 2015
Wonderful sunrise back lighting effect.....great capture. Congrats on the feature..
SherifSK
 
SherifSK July 28, 2015
great shot
icemanphotos
 
icemanphotos September 04, 2015
Excellent image!
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson April 05, 2016
Stunning colors and lighting. Voted Adventureland. Good Luck!

Behind The Lens

Location
Key West is one of those places that you can just get lost in tropical bliss... Friendly people, great food and an atmosphere that makes you forget that cold temperatures ever existed! I did spend a couple frustrating days looking for a suitable photographic set up. By the time I found this very iconic pier, it was evening, but I wanted to photograph it during the morning sunrise.
Time
I had just one day left and the next morning was my last shot at getting anything. I awakened early and found my spot. This was a limited spot because property was strictly fenced off. I figured it would compose nicely anyway and placed my camera on the tripod and waited.
Lighting
This is one of those shots that is the perfect time and place! I could not have begged for a better set up! The Sun sprang up right in the end of the pier - framing it up as if I lived there and waited all year for this alignment! I snapped away excitedly until a few minutes went by... then it was over. The perfect timing and place along with a beautiful color palette was already looking promising in the tiny review camera window. I could hardly wait to get back to the studio to do test prints.
Equipment
I used my Sony A77 placed on my Benro Tripod along with a wireless remote release. Other equipment I used was a neutral Grad Filter
Inspiration
I really was looking for that iconic Key West photo. I thought it would have a palm tree in it.... but that is a good lesson about photography - sometimes your vision is taken on a trip of unknown variables and situations - one aspect I love about it all!
Editing
I shot this image RAW and used HDR techniques so I adjusted the color and levels. This was my approach to this shooting situation because of the high contrast of the unfolding light.
In my camera bag
Sony A850, Sony A77, Sony A7R, Sony Lenses, Benro tripod, Cokin filters, Cine packback, EZ Leveler, Big Stopper, CP polarizers, Lightning Trigger, Remote shutter release, cell phone, treats, warm hats- beanies, extra batteries
Feedback
Don't be afraid to shoot in times of the day where everyone else goes home. Low light situations are a most revealing photographic world to be discovered! And play with capturing the sun flares as well. Different lens have different effects. Also, don't be afraid to shoot many different exposures with slightly different settings. This can help you find and experiment with endless possibilities - ones you may never consider!

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