Reflections at the end of the Day.

"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the g...
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"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not! What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?" - Max Lucado.
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Behind The Lens

This picture was taken at the Oberoi Resort in Lombok, Indonesia. Located on Medana Bay, with exclusive beach access and sunset views of Bali's volcanic Mount Agung.
The picture was taken at 6.27pm in the evening, from the hotel side of the infinity pool.
I actually shot several pictures of the same scene over a couple of days, but this was on the third evening when the wind was down, and the water was very still. I wanted to show the reflections of the coconut trees and the sky on the mirror-like surface of the water. The bale on the left was an added bonus, especially with two people silhouetted in it. It was a spiritually moving experience for me to have experienced this stillness.
I used the Leica D Lux 3 compact camera. Details: ISO 200; 14.4mm; -0.66ev; f/8; 1/13 sec. On a tripod, using the internal timer to release the shutter.
We were spending our wedding anniversary in this Resort. A very special occasion where the Resort's chef prepared a special menu for the two of us. A very unforgettable experience. This picture captured the essence of the romantic atmosphere of dinner the night before.
I had to tweak the exposure to emphasise the intensity of the reds which did not show up in the original shot. I also cropped the picture slightly to exclude some tree branches to reduce distractions. This post-processing was made using Apple's iPhoto software.
In my camera bag
For this occasion, I had only the Leica D Lux 3 camera. It's my first Leica compact which I bought a few months before. I was most impressed with the image quality, the definition and the richness of the colour that the Leica lens produced. I had at that time no other camera, and the only equipment was the light portable tripod.
To obtain a shot such as this, one has to be very patient, and to try shooting on several evenings, bearing in mind that you are at the mercy of the weather and wind. I noticed the reflections on the infinity pool water on the very first evening of our four day stay at the Resort, but only on the third evening were the conditions suitable. Get into position early, and shoot many frames as the light changes a lot during the 'magic hour'. Sometimes the best shots are after the sun has set. Try different exposures and exposure times. I used f/8 which was the smallest opening on this camera to obtain the sharpest picture possible. I also did not ramp the ISO too high to avoid noise. Of course, at this light level, the shutter speed is slow, so a tripod is very necessary. To avoid camera shake when releasing the shutter, I used the camera's in-built timer.

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