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Into the void



Taken at Nashville State Community College

Taken at Nashville State Community College
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cassiechristietaylor
 
cassiechristietaylor April 13, 2016
This one is super cool! I am still trying to figure out what is going on.
Hereon7 Platinum
 
Hereon7 July 19, 2016
Grab a seat said The Mad Hatter The Tea Party Will Begin, Perhaps It Has Already Who Knows? I Do Said The White Rabbit!!!!!!!!!!!! An Incredible composition.
adavies
 
adavies July 02, 2017
Awesome image...really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Empty Seats challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/empty-seats-photo-challenge-by-adavies#sthash.7qNKcZ9u.dpuf
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Nashville State Community College in Nashville, TN while waiting for a change of command ceremony to start. I am an Army photojournalist with the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Nashville. I had been an Army medic for around 15 years and decided on a career change to put my love of photography to use to tell actual stories.
Time
This was one of those images that I felt compelled to shoot. It was about 1:30pm on a clear, sunny day in December.
Lighting
It was all natural sunlight that was pouring into large picture windows to the right of the camera. Each alcove had four seats and was divided by these brick walls with the circular opening into the next. It was a matter of finding the right spot in the chain of empty enclosures to shoot the photo and give it that "into the rabbit hole" effect.
Equipment
I shot this one handheld on full auto (yes, a cardinal sin) with a Nikon D5100 but was almost taken with a Nikon D60 that had suddenly decided to register a card read error. The lens was a Nikkor AF-S 17-35 1:2.8D. No flash.
Inspiration
I was sitting in one of these alcoves with a friend and completely phased out our conversation as I was staring through the circular cutout into the next alcove. My friend noticed that I had zoned out of the conversation and told me "just take the picture already."
Editing
All the editing in this photo was done in Lightroom 5. My editing regimen always starts with checking the boxes to remove chromatic aberrations and lens profile corrections. For those familiar with "The J trick" in Lightroom, I start there and make adjustments in color until there is minimal blue or red (which indicate losses in the shadows/highlights). After I was satisfied with the depth, then I converted it to black and white and continued with minor tweaks.
In my camera bag
It's one of those backpack type bags where I keep a D60, D5100, and at least 3 point and shoot types that I keep in heavy rotation. My favorite is a small Kodak Play that can shoot stills and video up to 3 meters under water. There are also 12 lenses that are rotated depending on what the shoot calls for. The lens that gets the most use, however, is actually a 70-200mm with both a UV and Polarizing filter attached. I do own a few tripods, but mainly shoot handheld because it feels more "free" to me. For lighting, in my bag I have a few different LED lights that can be placed in strategic positions but for the types of events and situations that I do shoot in, they rarely get any use. Plus, never underestimate the photo power of an iPhone. "The best camera is the one that's with you." – Chase Jarvis
Feedback
Find a repeating pattern in either architecture or nature that you feel compelled to shoot. The time of the day can heavily determine the mood and tone of your composition. Natural light, in my opinion, is the best kind unless you want a specific look that can be attained only by adding or subtracting the light around your subject or don't have access to editing programs that will allow you to do so in post. If the image caught your eye in its natural state enough to compel you to take a photo, I think it deserves to maintain that same feeling after you come to a finished product. If you are indoors, ambient lighting that consists of fluorescent bulbs have a tendency to offset the temperatures of your photos. Always shoot RAW if you are able to do so.

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