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A tilt shift of my city - Porto Alegre, Brazil. I was in a small plane, rented for taking aerial views of the city.

A tilt shift of my city - Porto Alegre, Brazil. I was in a small plane, rented for taking aerial views of the city.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I was flying over Porto Alegre City in a small high wing plane to take several aerial shots of the region. Porto Alegre is the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city lies on the eastern bank of Guaiba Lake, where five rivers converge to form the Lagoa dos Patos (Ducks' Lagoon).
Time
It was 15:11 pm on september 23rd. In Porto Alegre, this date means the entrance of the spring season, so the sun doesn't go down until 6:30 pm.
Lighting
A beautiful sunny day with no clouds. For your information, the sun goes down in the river side.
Equipment
A NIKON D90 camera with a 18-105 zoom lens. The focal lengh was set to 75mm. The other settings were: aperture f/7.1, ISO 200 and exposure 1/500 in the shutter priority mode.
Inspiration
That was the purpose of the flying. I was working on a sponsored copyright photo book about Porto Alegre City.
Editing
Oh yeah. I usually shot in RAW and use Adobe Lightroom to post-process the image. This time was no different. Besides adjusting contrast and vibration, I applied a HDR filter, which I very often do. Finally, I have to tell you that the tilt-shift effect itself was applied in a post-processing job, by using an on line application. This app uses a Javascript interface to allow the user to apply and customize blur technique that simulates the shallow depth of field produced by macro photography shots. I tested several sets until I got satisfied with the results. Before using this application, my picture had focus and details everywhere, because that was my first goal with it.
In my camera bag
It depends. If taking pictures is the ultimate goal of the tour, I carry the D90 camera, with it's 18-105mm lens, plus a 10-24 zoom lens and a 55-300 zoom lens, all Nikkor. I also have on my bag one polarizing filter for each lens, an extra battery, an extra SD card, a SB800 Nikon Flash unit and a remote cable. I also carry a heavy tripod. For the other situations, like touristic tours, I carry the D90 cam with the 18-105 lens, the polarizing filter, the extra battery, the extra SD card, a very portable tripod and the remote cable. Frequently I take the 10-24 lens too.
Feedback
Well, I would say that applying the tilt-shift effect in post-processing gives you more control about the potential results. Not to talk that you are not discarding such a precious information from the shot which is the focus.

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