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This is another angle on a Soviet rocket I shot before. Man, I wish I had a wide angle lens.. :)

This is another angle on a Soviet rocket I shot before. Man, I wish I had a wide angle lens.. :)
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre -- VDNKh.
Time
This was my first summer spent in Moscow and it was a pretty hot one -- this image was taken in the mid day when the heat was at it's peak.
Lighting
Unless I'm taking a conceptual shot, I only use the lighting that is available to me naturally. I personally think that it takes a bit of skill to take images during noon-ish hours, since the bright sun adds extra contrast to the photographs and it might not be to the better. In this case the contrast was just enough for me to accent the shape of the rocket against the misty sky.
Equipment
In this instance I only used my trusty camera. It's not the most sophisticated one, but it takes images, and it's good enough for me. I could imagine this picture being taken with an NR filter and a tripod to soften the background and bring out some volume in the spacecraft, but that doesn't bode well with my spontaneous technique. This shot was taken with one of my favorite Nikon cameras -- the D7000.
Inspiration
Surprisingly, all of the images I shot on this trip to Moscow share similar contrast and luminescence as well as abundance of whites in clouds and blue sky. I was inspired by the city itself as it greeted me with open arms and I fell in love with it at that moment.
Editing
Of course I did! It's not that I do not like images with no post-processing, but in my work I absolutely love playing with light and withe balance of the digital files creating a world as I saw it at the very moment the photograph has been taken. In this particular instance I have added some contrast as well as lowering darkness of the shadows to increase the outline of the rocket itself, and added luminescence to bring out the whites and make hazy clouds pop out more.
In my camera bag
I love having my photo bag with me, but the only piece of equipment I usually carry around is my camera with a lens that I choose in advance. I do this for two reasons: to save on the weight of the whole thing, but also I personally do not see a point of carrying around much equipment, as I like to make due with what I have. And if I have to lie down or climb a fence to take a shot with my 50mm, I have nothing else left to do other than to do that. A photographer's gotta do what photographer's gotta do.
Feedback
To every one who's ever complimented me on my style I always say to trust their eyes, but create an image in their head that they then should try to recreate with the camera they're holding. I don't think creative photography is anything more than imagining a scene and then making it so others can see it too.

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