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Snow covered pier



A cottage shot with footprints leading off the pier. It's framed as an homage to the expression "take a long walk on a short pier" :)...
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A cottage shot with footprints leading off the pier. It's framed as an homage to the expression "take a long walk on a short pier" :)
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smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer April 25, 2015
cool shot
Kableit
 
Kableit February 06, 2016
Great shot
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 February 06, 2016
Love this!
thenickelwell
 
thenickelwell February 06, 2016
Absolutely breathtaking!! Amazing capture
werol
 
werol February 06, 2016
Amazing capture!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz February 07, 2016
Beautifully composed and edited. Congratulations on your feature. :)
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life February 07, 2016
I love everything about this shot. WOW! The colors.. the snowy footprints. the peace. My goodness. What a perfect spot for a couple to sit and watch the world change!! :):)
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anthonymannion March 15, 2017
amazing
bjornbaek
 
bjornbaek April 23, 2017
Wonderful????????????
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Pablo-Klik February 25, 2018
BELLA COMPOSIZIONE

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at my brother's cottage. I visit once or twice a year and I'm rarely disappointed by the amazing sunrises.
Time
I'm an early riser--or is it a restless sleeper. Either way I'm often up in the middle of the night or at the very least early in the morning. I think here I woke up around four thirty in the morning. From the view of the balcony overlooking the like I could tell this was going to be a great morning to shoot. The nights were very cool and cooler nights meant morning mist. I just love shooting mist.
Lighting
When shooting landscapes you're at the mercy of mother nature. She alone can produce the most amazing sunrises. In this case I think she did an admirable job. It was late fall and the sun was peeking almost straight ahead of the pier. The reflections bouncing off the lake were quite amazing. I wish I could have done the scene more justice.
Equipment
I shoot all my landscaped with my canon 6D and with my favourite 16 to 35mm f4. This lens never ever disappoints.
Inspiration
I always have my gear with me when I'm at the cottage. The photos I'm most pleased with were taken there. I knew I had great lighting conditions so it was a no brainer to skip morning coffee and get out there shooting. There was snow on the ground the day before and I remember asking my brother if he would make fresh tracks leading off the pier and jump off into the water to come back. I wanted to take the photo with the footprints only going one way. Although the water was icy cold there was a sauna nearby and it wouldn't be the first time we took a jump in after sweating in the sauna. Alas, he didn't want to go for it--of course neither did I. The next best thing was walking to the edge of the pier and retracing my steps. I was really trying to conceptualise the photo after the phrase "taking a long walk off a short pier".
Editing
My workflow with landscapes really depend on the scene itself but in this case I started with cropping a bit to get the edge of the pier right at the bottom left of the photo. I intensified the sky with contrast and a bit of clarity and bumped up the saturation. I did the same for the bottom half of the photo but I bumped up the levels a bit more to intensify the reflection in the water.
In my camera bag
I shoot whatever interests me. It could be an amazing sunrise or sunset or a smaller scene I come across in the bush--a creek, a river--or it could be any of hundreds of varieties of wildlife I come across. To be ready for whatever comes your way you can't pack lightly so I include a lot in my bag. Without going into the little gadgets and extra batteries and memory cards, I tend to carry two cameras. I have my 7D Mark II and my 6D. I also carry a 16-35 f4, a 400mm f4 prime and a 100mm macro. I carry a flash for the macro and a small folding softbox as well. You really never know what you might come across.
Feedback
Go to a cottage--any cottage. Bring a tent and camp out overnight at a spot near a lake where city lights won't pollute your shot. You're more likely to be up and rested early enough in the morning to get shots like this. Trust me it's much easier than getting up at three am and driving out to a site and hoping for a killer sunrise. If you're camped out somewhere and mother nature doesn't cooperate then you can always just turn over in your sleeping bag and go right back to sleep. If you wake up and see the conditions are right you'll be more than motivated to get up out from under your warm blankets and make the shot.

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