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As the Sun Sets



It was a glorious sunset at a local wetlands... I have taken this exact composition at least one hundred times. I knew there was a picture here, but it finally...
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It was a glorious sunset at a local wetlands... I have taken this exact composition at least one hundred times. I knew there was a picture here, but it finally all came together when there was fog and the sun was in the exact right spot.
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13 Comments | Report
KellyPhotos
 
KellyPhotos December 20, 2015
It looks like a painting. Did you add any filters in post?
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold December 29, 2015
wonderful!!!
moonstonediva
 
moonstonediva January 04, 2016
I am so glad you kept trying to capture this image. This is really stunning! You totally nailed it, obviously perseverance pays off. Great work!!!!
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smunited January 04, 2016
Thank you moonstonediva. This is my favorite shot of mine for 2015. So glad that others like it as well!
Cecirene Premium
 
Cecirene July 19, 2016
This is simply stunning! I meant to click on 'Absolute Masterpiece', not Oustanding Creativity. Beautifully done!!
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smunited July 19, 2016
Thank you so much Cecirene! Your comment is greatly appreciated!
kristigott PRO+
 
kristigott August 04, 2016
I love it. It is also interesting that you took it with a Sony A6000 since I have been considering getting one. Beautiful image quality, original and unique photo.
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 August 05, 2016
This simply takes my breath away..?
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smunited August 05, 2016
Thanks overthehillfan2004! Being there was even more amazing. This one is printed and sits above my fireplace. Everytime I look at it I am again in awe of mother nature!
sanaelgamal
 
sanaelgamal August 05, 2016
Really amazing..the reflection is superb!
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smunited August 05, 2016
Thanks for taking the time to comment sanaelgamal. Much appreciated!
Barbaka
 
Barbaka August 07, 2016
Breathtaking! Very Beautiful!!!
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smunited August 07, 2016
Thanks Barbaka!
sydneygerber
 
sydneygerber November 22, 2016
Wow.... this is my kind of Photography... I like it!
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smunited November 23, 2016
Thank you very much sydneygerber! Much appreciated.
beeoxierrod
 
beeoxierrod December 06, 2016
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!
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smunited December 06, 2016
Thank you so much beeoxierrod. A beaver has been by and there is now tree across this channel. Sure glad I got the shot when I did!
embas PRO+
 
embas December 20, 2016
brilliant
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smunited December 20, 2016
Thanks so much embas. Everything just came together!
Kahnivore
 
Kahnivore July 14, 2017
Beautiful
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smunited July 14, 2017
Thanks Kahnivore!
soniaclement
 
soniaclement September 15, 2017
Patience always pays back, as I see your capture ! Wow...
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smunited September 16, 2017
Thanks so much soniaclement. I agree. That is why I love to photograph close to home. You can go back to the same place until everything falls into place!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image in early December 2015 at Cheam Wetlands in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. I visit this place almost daily from late September to early February. A recent trip to the wetlands found this image no longer possible. A happy beaver chewed through a tree and a giant tree now obscures this view. So I am so happy that everything aligned and I got this image when I did!
Time
This images was taken at 4:33pm. I often visit the wetlands early in the morning and latter in the afternoon as the temperature change in the winter can lead to fog.
Lighting
I go the the wetlands regularly from late September to early February every year. I have taken this exact image many times, but this day every thing lined up. There had been fog rolling across the water and the sun was lined up perfectly so that the setting sun was in just the right spot as it set.
Equipment
This image was shot handheld with my Sony A6000. I was actually out looking for birds and had my Nikon D7000 with my Sigma 150-500 around my neck. I always tuck my trusty Sony into my camera bag just in case an amazing landscape shot should come my way. I was so happy that day that I had it with me!
Inspiration
As I mentioned I have shot this exact image many, many times. There is something about the symmetry of the composition that always draws me in. This day it was the fog and perfectly aligned setting sun that completed the story.
Editing
My style of post-processing is to try to inhabit that space between a photograph and a painting. I always start with a raw image and then bring that into Photoshop CC. From there I use any number of different programs from OnOne to Topaz, and Nik to play with my image until I am happy.
In my camera bag
I do have a number of different size camera bags that I tailor depending on the length and distance of my outings. I can have all my equipment if I am not sure of what I will find when I reach my destination. I tend to err on the side of carrying everything. I have a Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-105mm, 50mm, 55-300, and 105 Macro. I also have the Sigma 150-500mm and the 10-20mm. I have an SB800, SB600 and (2) SB700 Flashes. I also have the Sony A6000 with an adapter for an older Pentax lens. I also have an ND Filter and a Manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
Be prepared for anything. As I mentioned I was actually out shooting birds, but I know this area as I visit it often, and I knew there was a chance I would get fog. There is not a worse feeling than not having the right lens with you. Find places close to home that you can visit often. Because I have taken this exact composition many, many times, when the right conditions presented themselves I was ready!

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