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Lac Saint-Jean QC at dusk

Lac Saint-Jean QC at dusk
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Lac Saint-Jean QC, in Canada near where I live. It's a popular summer destination for northern Quebec residents of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Time
This was mid-day during the summer 2015. My favourite time there is during the evening sunsets. The lake always puts on a colourful display and during the summer months, one is rarely disappointed. It was likely taken around 7:30 pm if I recall correctly.
Lighting
I wanted to try something a bit different and was experimenting with a recently purchased TriggerTrap dongle. I used around 9 various long exposures using the Trigger trap app. This gave me a large dynamic range to work with. The sun was beginning to set and I liked the way the boat was situated and how it all fit together. It was in essence a story of summer life and relaxation here which is a stark contrast to the frigid - 30'C winters we have.
Equipment
At the time, I used a Canon EOS Rebel XSi, with the standard 18-55 kit lens, a cheap tripod, a TriggerTrap dongle and an android phone teterhed with the app installed.
Inspiration
I usually walk the beach with my girlfriend, however that week I had received my TriggerTrap. I figured it would be a great opportunity to try it out on my then aging and rather limited Canon XSi. The boat was usually anchored in the same spot each evening and I was happy to see it there as it was. I was hoping the sky that evening would provide for a great backdrop and fortunately it was.
Editing
It was among my first attempts at HDR. I had to combine the images in Corel Aftershot / Paint Shop Photo Pro X8 with their HDR tools. I desaturated it a bit and added some vignettes and selective focus filters
In my camera bag
That day I had my old XSi with a kit lens. Nowadays I carry a Canon 5D mk iv, an EOS 70D with an L EF 24-70 f2.8 USM ii, an L EF 70-200 f2.8 USM IS ii, an EF 85 f1.8 USM, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 telephoto lens as my walk-around lens for the 70D. I also carry a Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 EX DC HDMI wide angle as well as a Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM prime for portraits when shooting crop. I use a Canon 600 EX-RT ii and Metz 44 AF-1 digital flash. For filters, I keep various Tiffen haze for protection, various Kenko Pro1Digital ND filters and finally a Cameron circular polarization filter. My best awarded shots were with an EOS Rebel XSi and a cell phone! What does this mean? It's the composition and making use of what you've got on hand!
Feedback
You know what? Use all the resources you have. Even the lower models of cameras can perform admirably with the right preparation and planning. It's framing your shot at the optimal lighting you're seeking and not being afraid to go manual as well as shooting in RAW. Don't be afraid as well to use post-processing when required to achieve the look you desire, just don't let it be your crutch entirely. Listen to criticism and seek advice from others who inspire you and contribute to communities such as here on ViewBug. Digital cameras afford the room to experiment, make errors and easily learn from using settings you're not normally accustomed to. Start with your favourite place to visit and frame your shot, adjusting or moving to seek different a angles. Try different days under different conditions to mix things up a bit.

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