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Behind The Lens

I took this photo next to a famous local landmark. A Statue called Romp located on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Penticton BC Canada in January of 2014
This was just after midnight Pacific Standard Time. Normally this lake is very choppy and rarely so still. But a snow fall had just ended and the clouds were lifting. Rarely is the lake so still so the time of night I snapped this was rather lucky for me
Honestly I wasn't really thinking about lighting at the time so much as not breaking my camera because I had the tripod set up on top of a bench. But when I think of it, there was a very dim street light over head and slightly behind me which allowed me to shoot at insanely small ISO levels to get this shot.
This was actually shot on my first camera a Nikon D5100 and an 18-55mm kit lens. The Tripod was just a cheap pick up from a local office store, Slik brand.
I love the town I live in and I've always seen the beauty of it. I just never knew enough to capture what I was seeing. Now that I live with a camera attached to my hip I quite literally try to compose everything in my mind regardless of where I am. The fact the lake was so still the boardwalk so empty and the snow so fresh just made this entire night spectacular. Quite honestly it was the images of this nights shooting that made me pursue photography
Yes to editing. I think in this day and age of digital use editing is pretty much essential with every shot taken in RAW format. I edited this in Adobe Lightroom 5. The largest adjustments were for highlights and shadow but heavy use of the adjustment brush to quite honestly burn the branches in every tree both on the shore in reflected in the water.
In my camera bag
I normally (before this night) carried around a Nikon D5100 and a couple of kit lenses. The 18-55 and 55-200mm. My specialty lenses were the 50mm 1.8 and 35mm 1.8 which became my mainstays for months. I have since upgraded into a NikonD610 and my bag now consists of a 14-24mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8 70-200mm 2.8 and an 85mm 1.8 to go with my 50mm and 35mm prime. There is truth to be said good glass is essential and once you start buying the habit is hard to break
The only advice I can or could give honestly is shoot. Don't leave your camera at home. Nobody ever told someone about a great shot they took on their couch. Your images should tell your story. All good stories start with a journey.

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