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Maracas Bay, Trinidad

Maracas Bay, Trinidad
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Maracas Beach in Trinidad. This spot is at the very end of the beach and is not an image that most people would relate to when they talk about this beach. I love taking landscape photos and this remains one of my favorites.
Time
This was taken around 2 pm. I had walked down to the end of the beach and I was struck by the combination of colors/hues that would make up this image. The tide was low at the time and the rocks were exposed, and I felt that that added character to the photo.
Lighting
Because of the time of day, the shadows were already there but I liked the contrast. The mixture of light and shadow appealed to me. No artificial lighting was used.
Equipment
This was shot in 2015 with a Canon Powershot SX50 HS which was my go to camera at the time before I invested in a DSLR camera. It is a single lens camera but the zoom capability was awesome. No flash or tripod used.
Inspiration
I have been to Maracas Beach so many times and I have taken so many photos of this spot before. This time though was during the rainy season in Trinidad and everything was so green and full of life. I liked the combination of a shadowed foreground and background and a well lit center. It's a wonderful contrast.
Editing
The exposure was increased marginally to enhance the photo. No further adjustments were made.
In my camera bag
My bag carries the following: 1) Nikon D5600 camera with 18-140mm lens. This lens gives me flexibility especially with close ups. 2) Nikon Coolpix P950 camera which has a zoom X83 and this compensates for the shortfall in the 18-140mm lens. 3) Cleaning cloths, extra batteries and SD cards are a must. 4) The size of the tripod that I carry with me depends on the photos that I intend to take . 5) A waterproof bag to hold my equipment. I live in the tropics and the weather can change suddenly so it is better to be prepared.
Feedback
Don't be afraid to take tons of photos as that is a sure way to improve your skills. Try different angles whether it's high up or low down on the ground. I took about 30 photos of that same spot. Look at the direction of the light/sun to get the best exposure possible. Know your camera. The key to all this is to use the correct settings on your camera before you press the shutter button so that there will be minimal post processing. Post processing should enhance your photo rather than try to correct your mistakes. And lastly, I use manual focus to ensure that my images are sharp.

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