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AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair June 09, 2016
Lovely!
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HeartandHomePhotography June 09, 2016
Thank you!
Mayapan06
 
Mayapan06 July 08, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Mayapan06
 
Mayapan06 July 08, 2016
Congrats on your winning photo. Great shot!
HeartandHomePhotography PRO
 
HeartandHomePhotography July 09, 2016
Thank you! It was getting dark and the image already had deep shadows so it lended itself to doing this sort of image.

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image at the National Zoo down in Washington, DC.
Time
This was taken at sunset.
Lighting
I did not have my tripod at the time so decided to use shutter priority to get the clearest image under the conditions. I also use back button focus. I did not want a grainy image but wanted the fastest shutter speed possible so let the camera figure it out. The background was ugly so I did spot metering on the flamingo and darkened the background. I also planned on burning the background later so looked for positioning for a dark backdrop.
Equipment
I do not have big fancy equipment but the bare minimum. I have a large family and food comes first! Ha ha! I have a Canon T3i and your regular kit lens.
Inspiration
I just LOVED the beautiful colors of the birds. They were also so still which enabled me to get a crisp shot.
Editing
I have the PS and LR Adobe CC Suite. The Pfx Reflection Action is a free action for CC users. I also did some dodging and burning. Also, some lighting enhancement. I think what is important is to just subtract or enhance what is already there for it to look natural. I feel like I'm still in the learning phase as to what is too much or too little... It's a journey...
In my camera bag
Ummm... Not too much... Usually, I have the things listed above as well as a tripod. But, this was at the end of the day and I was tired of carrying my tripod. Which is really when I needed it the most. :-0
Feedback
Keep your tripod until the end of the day! :-) Think ahead about what you are going to be doing with an image... Think about what you would like the final image to look like... I had the final image in mind long before I took the shot.

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