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northernsnapper
 
northernsnapper February 08, 2016
Rolling into the beyond !

Behind The Lens

Location
My office is typically my truck. At the time, I was driving the back roads in Reno County, Kansas when I saw this two-track leading to the lake. I had picked a new back road and had driven along about 15 minutes when the road came to the top of a little roll and there was this two-track. I backed up and there was this view. I just thought what a simple yet awesome "heartland" view.
Time
No get out of bed at 4 in the morning to catch the sun for this shot. The day was just a plain day - rural America Heartland, a gentle roll to the landscape, no dramatic sun rise, no unique wildlife sightings, just another Fall day in the middle of the afternoon. Drama is great, but I like simple too.
Lighting
I used natural afternoon light. It was a clear day with a few clouds and a slight haze over the lake. I was shooting more towards the south and the sun was in the west to southwest. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
Equipment
Not allot of equipment with this shot. I shot this photo using a Canon 7D with a 70-200, 2.8 lens and a truck. I had to climb out onto the cab of my truck to get the shot.
Inspiration
A long story short - There are moments I get to experience that I would like to share with some one or the world. So whether it's staged, planned, or just happenstance the photo was taken because there is some one, somewhere that I wanted to share that captured moment with.
Editing
Simple post-processing in light room. I made some adjustments to the tones and highlights and turned it into a black and white photo.
In my camera bag
Typically, I throw my 7D with a 70 - 200 / 2.8 lens in my truck and I am off (my tripod is typically in the truck). In my bag I carry a second 7D body (with a 7D manual), a Canon 100mm macro, a Canon EXII 430 speedlight, a Phottix Stratto II trigger and receiver, lens cleaning supplies, LensCoat rain protection, extra batteries and compact flash cards, flash light, a small mirror and various cables. Whenever I get the chance/money I will add a Canon 24-70 /2.8 or 24-105 /4.0.
Feedback
The only advice I know is - Keep it simple. The more involved I get in capturing or forcing a photo the more complicated it becomes and before I know it I've lost what it was I was trying to capture. Specifically, know what it is that you are wanting to capture (what's your point or what are you trying to share). Know your subject, know your elements and how they interact. The thing I am weakest on is know your equipment. That doesn't mean you have to have fancy equipment to capture a great shot, it just simply means know what you have.

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