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Taking the Railway



Train wails in the distance.
She doesn't care.
There are two tracks.

Train wails in the distance.
She doesn't care.
There are two tracks.
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redwriter PRO
 
redwriter May 09, 2016
Great, well composed shot. Nice work. - Jake
LeDustin
LeDustin May 10, 2016
I appreciate the comment, thanks!

Behind The Lens

Location
I captured this image in the Missouri Ozarks. The area is rife with trees, hills, and water ways so varied shooting material is abundant.
Time
This was just before Sunset, sort-of end of golden hour. We were actually on our way out, because I was shooting natural light on the Sony 70-200 f4.
Lighting
The natural light is a little bleak for my taste. But it adds to the feel of it. The bloom of light in the trees beyond her, gives feeling of intangible goal.
Equipment
I shot it on a Sony A7ii, with the Sony 70-200 f4 lens. I had it mounted on Zacuto half-cage and baseplate -I don't always do this, but I like the fat grip and use the top rail as a handle and protection when I'm taking it on hikes sometimes.
Inspiration
The funny thing is, I came to this location particularly, not for the rails but for the service road to the side in the forested area. The road is unique because it dips far down below the hill an then sharply back up. When the sun is getting low in the late afternoon, it lights up a nice ovoid area of the trees and creates a natural vignette of darker trees with dirt path in the middle -perfect for portraits. Once it got to dark in the trees, we were walking back to the car and I asked her to trot down the tracks for a wide shot. The breeze picked up in her hair and I was like: "oh, the shot is now". I got several shots I like from this set, but this one particularly speaks to people. Something nastolgic, journeying, and optimistic.
Editing
I did do some subtle processing on this. For one thing, it was at the end of Golden Hour and the light temperature was changing. I grabbed this very spur of the second and I'd just set my camera after looking a that blown out sky in the background. I can't remember what exposure was, but I ended up over exposed compared to what I would have wanted. The sky is a little bleak and I desaturated the remainder just a tad, except for her. To balance the rest of the photo with the sky and trees. The rails are so overpowering, I felt the image benefited from drawing the eye to her action and then feeling the rails as setting, rather than the point.
In my camera bag
I'm reatlively recent to the Sony club, so I typically have two lenses the 70-200 f4 and a Sigma 30mm 2.8. Several different NDs for both lens.
Feedback
I love cadid moments. This deffinately was one. It's one thing to find a spot and ask them to sit or pose and get that "perfect" shot, but I really enjoy catching the moment just before they're in position or between poses. To an extent that's personal taste, but it deffinately contributed to grabbing this shot.

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