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Halnaker tree tunnel



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bartwebb
 
bartwebb July 21, 2015
This is an awesome photo!!
whn64
 
whn64 July 22, 2015
Cheers bartwebb!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 October 24, 2015
this is awesome..love it!
CTorresCastillo
 
CTorresCastillo January 24, 2016
You are the winner of my challenge, congratulations!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith January 24, 2016
Fantastic image! Very worthy of the Challenge win! Congratulations!
daniellepowell
 
daniellepowell January 24, 2016
awesome
tomaszplawski
 
tomaszplawski July 22, 2016
Nice although IMHO the saturation jacked up a bit too high

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken near the village of Halnaker which is north of Chichester in West Sussex, England. The easiest way to find it is to park near Denge Lane off the A285 and then follow the path up to Halnaker Windmill. You walk through this tree tunnel to get to the windmill. The disused windmill on top of the hill is also worth photographing
Time
This was taken in the late afternoon in September, a couple of hours before sunset.
Lighting
It was a warm sunny day and the late afternoon sun was important for this photo to work. The time of year was important because I wanted green leaves on the trees still but with some fallen brown leaves on the ground.
Equipment
The photo was taken using a Nikon D7000 on a tripod in order to bracket the exposures for high dynamic range processing: the shutter speeds were 1/4, 1/2, and 1 second at f8
Inspiration
I stumbled on someone else's photo of it on the internet and was amazed by the location
Editing
HDR post-processing using Photomatix Pro
In my camera bag
When I shoot landscapes like this, I normally pack the best camera I have (Nikon D750 right now) and a f2.8 zoom lens (Nikon 24-70mm, f2.8). A sturdy tripod is an absolute necessity and I've found my Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod with the 322RC2 heavy duty grip ball head to be a very reliable combination. If there is the possibility of shooting wildlife too, then I will bring a Tamron 150-600mm zoom with me.
Feedback
Taking landscape photos like this is really quite simple. You don't really need a fancy camera or an expensive lens because (as long as it's not very windy), you can shoot at low ISO with a small aperture (eg f8), when even modest kit zoom lenses will be reasonably sharp. A steady tripod is a necessity because you need to bracket exposure to capture the detail and a remote would help because of the slow shutter speeds. If you don't have a remote then choose the timer option so that the shutter clicks a couple of seconds at least after you press the button.

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