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Happy Endings
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19 Comments |
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More January 08, 2016
Gorgeous!
HooverTung
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
leslielynn
 
leslielynn June 28, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
leslielynn
 
leslielynn June 28, 2016
Absolutely awesome
HooverTung
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
TravelBugDove
 
TravelBugDove June 28, 2016
Stunning! Congratulations!
HooverTung
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
jdoldrodder
 
jdoldrodder July 29, 2016
Beautiful, love this.
HooverTung
HooverTung August 04, 2016
Thanks JD
HenriKateH
 
HenriKateH October 17, 2016
Amazing photo, love the effect of the sun at the end of the tracks
HooverTung
HooverTung December 03, 2016
Thanks Henri
HooverTung
 
HooverTung December 03, 2016
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bijayagurung
 
bijayagurung April 27, 2017
Spectacular photograph my friend
HooverTung
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thank you Bijay!!
jamesbird_7014
 
jamesbird_7014 September 09, 2017
Absolutely stunning
HooverTung
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thanks James!!
Natural17 PRO
 
Natural17 November 13, 2017
Magnificent capture!!!
HooverTung
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thank you so much!
JayneBug Ultimate
 
JayneBug November 20, 2017
Amazing job.
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst November 20, 2017
Very good
FredericMONIN Platinum
 
FredericMONIN November 21, 2017
GREAT landscape and colors !!!
Superman2772
 
Superman2772 November 21, 2017
Awesome shot
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
neelsvisser
 
neelsvisser July 11, 2018
Beautiful picture i love the colors
mypStudio7
 
mypStudio7 October 21, 2018
Wow! Really beautiful capture - I specially love the deep colors.
greggorydobisch
 
greggorydobisch November 16, 2018
Beautiful shot
conlot01
 
conlot01 August 13, 2019
Excellent 👏👏
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken in Maricopa, Arizona, USA, where the train tracks cut across the north side of this small town.

Time

This was taken on November 12, 2015, at 6:32 PM (ignore the metadata, forgot to change time zone), which was shortly after the sun fell below the mountains in the far distance.

Lighting

I happen to come across the scene while the sunset was quickly fading away. I noticed the reflection of light on the train tracks leading me to the silhouetted mountains. This was the moment I knew this was the shot I wanted.

Equipment

This was shot on a Nikon D750 body along with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens. With the lens, I used a Hoya HD Glass 8-layer Multi-Coated Circular Polarizing filter, which helped draw out the otherwise faint clouds. Unfortunately, this was one of the few times I left my tripod behind since I wasn't planning on staying so late. The first thing I did was to ensure I had VR switched on from the lens to steady the camera. I then took off both of my shoelaces and wrapped one around my neck and the other around my belt. From there, I took both ends of the laces and tied it to my tripod release plate. I then held the camera in front of me while having some tension from my neck and belt to my camera and very slowly pressed the shutter button. This wasn't going to replace a tripod, but it was the best I could do while shooting at 1/50th of a second.

Inspiration

I was visiting my brother in a small town in Arizona. I had decided to catch a ride using Lyft (peer-to-peer ride-sharing company similar to Uber) to the local casino (Ka Ching). It was easy to find a ride going there, but unfortunately, there wasn't a single driver around to bring me back to where I was staying. After 30 mins of failing to find a ride, I decided to walk back with the directions Google Maps had provided. After nearly an hour and 30 minutes of walking, I noticed the sun setting. I was tired and very disappointed that I wasn't going to be able to capture that beautiful golden blanket in the sky. Not long after, I made a right turn and noticed the train tracks in the distance. When I got to the middle of the tracks, I knew this was a photo I wanted to capture. Knowing I only had just a few minutes to salvage what was left of golden hour, I quickly pulled out my camera and sprung into action. Yes, a 15 min car ride turned into a dreadful 2 hours of walking, but in the end, it was all worth it! Hence, the photo title, "Happy Endings." This was one sunset I'll never forget.

Editing

Since I was shooting at 1/50th of a second, 400 ISO, F10, the photo was underexposed. Using Adobe Lightroom, I had boosted the exposure a bit, along with the shadows, whites, and saturation within the Basic panel. A bit of vignetting was added to draw the attention down the middle, and lastly, the crop tool was used to correct the slight tilt in the horizon.

In my camera bag

Along with my Nikon D750, I never leave home without the Nikon 24-120mm lens, which is attached to my camera most of the time. I also carry a Nikon 50mm F1.8 prime lens for the rare occasions I need to shoot wide open in a dark or crowded location. And of course, what every landscape enthusiast needs is a tripod. I'm currently using "Manfrotto 054 Magnesium" Ball Head mounted with a "Manfrotto 190 Go!" tripod. Let's not forget the filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer and a Breakthrough X3 ND 10-stop, MRC16 filter. Other accessories are two spare batteries, two additional 128gb SD cards, a "Bower" LCD timer and remote shutter release, "Foxnovo" disposable raincoat for myself, an "Altura" camera jacket and of course a few bags of silica beads to help minimize the moisture that may be trapped in the camera bag.

Feedback

Although this photo wasn't planned, it's ideal to wait for a day when there are beautiful clouds in the sky. It's the type of clouds that set the mood of the photo. And of course, you should always have a tripod with you when shooting with slow shutter speed, but when you're in a situation where you do not have a tripod with you, don't forget you can always use your shoelaces as I had used for this photo.

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