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Winter sunset over Ghost Lake while we were out have a bon fire cooking hot dogs.

Winter sunset over Ghost Lake while we were out have a bon fire cooking hot dogs.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Ghost Lake, AB only about 20 minutes from our house. We spend many of our evenings out here, summer or winter. This night we had a campfire on the ice. Ghost lake is in the Foothills just outside the Rocky Mountains so formations known as a "Chinook Arch" are common, although this one was the most colorful I'd ever seen.
Time
The photo was taken at 5:30Pm. This far north it gets dark very early so it appeared and within 15 to 20 minutes, it was gone.
Lighting
The red clouds contrasted against the blue sky which helped to confirm the red was not photo shopped into a more intense hue. It was so bright, that it reflected red off the frozen lake. As stated, the lighting was brief as the sun went down quickly.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS REBEL T4i with an ISO-100 and no tripod. The sky was active and I would not have been able to get the 360 degree effect in multiple photos had I used a tripod. The wide angle lens resulted in the subject showing too far away which seriously compromised the effect so the 50mm lens was the star on this night.
Inspiration
The sheer magnificence of its size and color. I tried to get the bridge in the photo to contrast the sky in such a way as the viewer could feel the size and effect. It was magical how it appeared, changed everything to red and then disappeared.
Editing
I believe the only post processing was to provide slightly more clarity.
In my camera bag
I carry the afore mentioned camera, a 50mm lens, 10-20 wide angle, 70-210 telephoto, 250-500 telephoto and a 400 mm lens with a 2x doubler. Of course I have extra batteries, a mono-pod, extra SD cards. If I am away from home I carry a computer tablet and external hard drive to move the days photos off the camera for the next day shoot and to have a look at the days work in the evening after dark. Looking at my photos usually gives me an idea of how I will try to shoot the next batch. Bug repellant is a must as well haha!!!
Feedback
The most often asked questions that I get are "How do you get all the shots you do"? "Where do you see all the animals you do and get that close"? Well....my telephoto lenses certainly help but the real answer would be "Patience" and "Keep your camera close all the time". Landcapes and Nature don't always cooperate despite your best laid plans for weather forecast, lighting, timing and subjects showing up at all. My kids and friends have asked if they could join me when I go out and I warn them it can be very boring with little movement by me or a subject. After a few trips, they choose to let me go alone, however that doesn't mean I can't take my camera when I go out with them somewhere. I had all my camera gear with me the night I shot this photo and that outing was just a family hot dog roast on the lake. Your best shot will likely present itself when you least expect so keep your equipment close.

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