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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken in my backyard.

Time

I believe it was around 7:00 PM, just in time for the sun to be setting.

Lighting

The sun was starting to set, the golden color was peaking over the roof of my old garage in a sunburst pattern. The yellow from my sunflower and the blue from the pool stood out, catching my eye just perfect.

Equipment

I hand held my Nikon D5100, no flash with the Nikon D5100, 18-55 Kit lens.

Inspiration

The lighting, the time of day, and the was the sun was streaking through the frame in the top right corner from behind the sunflower.

Editing

Yes, I then used Nik Software to increase the contrast a little and did a small decrease in brightness. Once I had contrast and brightness where I wanted it I used detail extraction to make the sunflower pop a little, touching it up with a warmer setting.

In my camera bag

In my bag I have; Nikon D7100. I always have at least three of my lenses with me, all Nikkor glass; 18-140mm with an ND4 filter, 50mm with an ND8 filter, and my 35mm no filter. Sometimes I will rotate my 35mm for my 60mm depending on where I am going and what I am shooting. I have two remotes a wireless and a trigger release and the last and most important items in my bag are extra memory cards (32GB and 64GB) and an extra battery.

Feedback

Learning lighting, timing,and patience, will pay off. It took me a couple of evenings of photographing this particular sunflower, as the lighting wasn't quite what I was looking for or interested in for my background. I wanted to make sure I got the best lighting for the position of the sunflower in the frame. I spent a little extra time looking through the viewfinder before shooting; moving around the flower making sure I was giving all angles a chance to shine. I believe that moving around the subject before making a decision to shot or not plays a huge role in your art. Compose and re-compose until you feel satisfied.

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