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Cascata de Fervença

Portugal | Sintra

Portugal | Sintra
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Lifeisshiny77 PRO
Lifeisshiny77 August 20, 2017

Behind The Lens

I took this photo at Fervença, near Sintra, In Portugal.
The photo was taken around 9 am. It was a bit later than i like, but the cascade is in a dark place. The major difficulty i had to deal with was the light in the small portion of sky that appear in the photo.
Except the sky, the light was very good for what i wanted: a contrasted scene to emphasize the water and the light reflections on it and a exposure time that give impression of movement.
I used a Canon EOS 6D with an EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM and a tripod. I did not have with me an ND filter, but it would have been helpful.
A few years ago I decided to start looking and photographing the places I like in my country. Some of them little known by most people, including those who live nearby. This particular one is a few kilometers from Lisbon, but few know, because of being hidden in an industrial zone. In my "project" I gained a taste for nature photography and the water is undoubtedly a very photogenic element.
I used Lightroom 5.5 post-processing. Essentially, I gave some clarity and contrast to the original photo (recorded in RAW), a little vignette, tried to attenuate the excess light in the sky and raised a little enhancements in some areas the water.
In my camera bag
The equipment usually have with me is the camera (Canon EOS 6D), two lenses (a 16-35mm f4 and a 24-105mm f4 - sometimes take also a 70-300mm f4-5.6), a variable ND filter , extra battery and card and tripod.
The only advice I can give and that applies not only to this photo, but the overall landscape photos is to prepare the photograph, preferably visiting the site before, pay attention to weather forecasts and adjust the plan to these conditions. Also, go with some prior to the hour that you want to take the picture. The photographer can wait the right time, but the right time does not wait for the photographer ... :)

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