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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken off a small road to Skarsfjord on Ringvassøya in Northern Norway overlooking the islands of Skagøya to the right and Rebbenesøya in the background.
Time
On a cool evening in mid-August my husband and I hiked up a nearby mountain, Gratinden, which on a clear day has incredible views of the coastline and nearby islands. However on this day the mountain was cloaked in low lying clouds and even at the very top of the mountain you could only see a few feet in front of you. On the way back down we dropped out of the clouds where the sun was shining. This photo was taken around 8:30 PM on August 14th 2015.
Lighting
The sun was slowly setting in this image, which was taken about 1 hour before sunset. Timing here was key, the incredible colors were seen after the sun dropped below the low lying clouds, and then quickly dropped below the mountains. But one major advantage to being in a high latitude region is the incredibly long dawns and dusks. The sun stays at a low angle in the sky for much longer, which makes for some beautiful imagery.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Nikon D5300 and a Nikon 35mm f/1.8) shot at 35mm f/22 ISO 640, no special equipment was used.
Inspiration
One of the main things that really got me into photography was capturing reflections. I love the clean crisp reflections that you can get in alpine lakes, but the warm reflected light at sunset is just as beautiful. I did not predict this shot at all, it was a lucky happenstance. As we were driving past the angle at which I was looking at the sun and water changed so that the reflected light of the sun clearly defined the coastline. It was one of those moments that really catches your attention and inspired me to stop the car and get the camera out.
Editing
This image was in great shape by itself, but I did do some processing to the raw file. Specifically I reduced the highlights, brightened the shadows to show more of the light reflecting off of the water, and I increased clarity and contrast to maintain the darks.
In my camera bag
Since taking this shot I've upgraded my setup and typically carry a Nikon D750 with Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 with a UV filter and lens hood. I often have a tripod for long exposures and a few cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Norway has striking landscapes that create incredible contrast between deep blue water and tall snow-covered mountains, so finding the right place to take a beautiful photograph is no challenge. What is more difficult is finding good weather, where you see more than just fog, and correct timing. I was just learning about creating starbursts in my images when I took this photo, but very briefly it's about your lens selection, using at very small aperture and often having the light source peeking from behind an object (e.g. sun dropping behind a mountain range) will improve the result. I really try to reduce distracting elements in my images both while shooting and when processing the images, normally I would have removed the powerlines in a photo like this, however, they are a very small part of this image. Finally, follow your eye. If a scene grabs your attention take a second look, maybe it'll be something quite special.

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