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A Corner of Buttermere



Taken at Buttermere in the Lake District, UK.

Taken at Buttermere in the Lake District, UK.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is of Buttermere in the Lake District (Cumbria, UK), I spent 3 years there and it's amazing for landscape photography!
Time
It was taken approaching sunset, but because of the layout of the hills and where the sun sets I couldn't leave it any later really to make more of the warmth of the setting sun. I have been meaning to return to this location and try it at different times of the day!
Lighting
The lighting was obviously all provided by the diminishing sunlight, but I had to time it so that the foreground and the hill to the right of the image had enough light on them to keep the exposure balanced and avoid any dark areas.
Equipment
This was shot with my older camera, a Nikon D90 with the 18-105mm f/5.6 kit lens. The camera was mounted on a Velbon tripod.
Inspiration
I was putting together a series of landscapes for my final project at university, all based around the lakes in the Lake District and I basically used this time to explore the place as much as possible! The still water provided the perfect reflection and I loved the look of the tree line so decided to get the best composition I could find in this location.
Editing
The image is a very subtle HDR, this allowed me to get the best out of the shadows and highlights, so using Photomatix Pro 5 I created the HDR and then took it into photoshop for some levels and curves adjustments and a slight crop.
In my camera bag
I normally carry around far more than I need, I'm always a 'just in case' person, but the main equipment is my Nikon D800 (which I love), a Nikon 16 - 35mm f4 lens, my Nikon 50mm prime, and a Nikon 105mm Macro. There is always a tripod (Vanguard Abeo) strapped to my bag and I nearly always carry around my Hahnel Intervalometer too (you never know when it's going to come in handy! I also like to keep my Nikon SB900 speed light with me....just in case....
Feedback
A sturdy tripod is always essential for any landscape photography, so I highly recommend investing in one (especially one that you can hang a bag or weights off the bottom for extra sturdiness! Graduated ND filters are very useful in these situations too, as they can darken the sky a little if you're shooting when the sky is still quite bright.

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