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Otama sunset



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Time
I was waiting for a sunset shot along the beach with Pohutukawa trees and the sea as a feature, but the sunset did not come about as I had hoped,so I gave up. I was walking back to my vehicle, I turned around for a last look at the beach and saw the branches, black against the sea and sky and put them in the frame.
Lighting
All natural light, but next time I will take my portable lighting with me to that location. I felt I had some good pictures available if there was back lighting to bring out features that were otherwise blackened in the shadow.
Equipment
An EOS 1D Mk111 camera with a 75-300 canon lens on a tripod. the settings were ISO 800 f/11, 1/320/sec
Inspiration
As I mentioned before, I had given up and began walking up the track to my vehicle. When I turned around for a last look at the beach,the sight of the gnarled branches against the last of the day inspired me to put them in the frame. I had gone to the beach to capture these trees, but not like the way I did.
Editing
I always shoot RAW and then tidy them up in RAW. This one was cropped a little as well. I am not very proficient at Photoshop, so as yet cannot use its potential.
In my camera bag
I am very limited. I have my EOS 1D Mk III, a 75-300 lens, a 50mm prime lens, a polaroid filter, a ND grad filter, a light collapsible carbon fiber tripod, all in a back pack. I purchased my 1D mainly for sports, but take it walking with me as well.
Feedback
Probably the best advice and the most difficult is to not have a mind set. The environment can give you many opportunities if you can see them with an open mind. Also, I find myself a little too impatient to take a photo and have to check myself. I have lost a lot of potentially good shots because of this. Be patient and take your time setting up.

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