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Photographer's lonely wait



A lone photographer waiting patiently for sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

A lone photographer waiting patiently for sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
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Yannick
 
Yannick September 04, 2016
Albert Einstein with a DSLR?
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ccpence September 04, 2016
Aw...I never thought of that.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This dusk shot at the Huntington Beach California pier in February 2016 captured one of the many photographers who awaited the final sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Time
This B/W version of the photographer waiting for just the right moment to capture the sun falling into the Pacific Ocean brings out the essential elements of a very colorful evening light.
Lighting
California beach sunsets often are spectacular in the winter and this year was no exception. The unseasonably warm weather encouraged many photographers to wait for the last of the surfers to catch their last ride as the sky turned from very blue to intense red, orange and yellow and then finally into an azure shade of darkening blue as the evening settled over the beach. Patient photographers were rewarded richly with light, colors and calming waters.
Equipment
This was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH4, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm lens, F/5.2 ; 1/3200 sec, ISO 1000, Focal length 228, center weighted, no flash, Promaster xc525 tripod.
Inspiration
Waiting for just the right moment to capture an image is the photographer's version of the fisherman's wait for the fish to shoal. The study of this state of anticipation fascinates me because I, too, am waiting on something to happen. This intimate reflection time cannot be rushed. The image unveils at its own pace and the photographer chooses when to capture the moment.
Editing
I converted a vivid color image into monochrome using ACDSee Ultimate 9 software and then worked with the light balance and contrast to bring out the distinctiveness of the photographer facing the setting sun.
In my camera bag
I carry a Lumix camera most of the time. For an evening shoot like this one I use the Lumix GX8 or GH4, depending upon the type of filming. I generally carry three lenses if I am walking around (7-14mm; 12-35 mm; 35-100mm). If I expect to be working on distant objects then I will add the 100-400mm lens. For close-up and macro work, I have the 30mm with extender tubes. All are Lumix lenses. Once I found the 100-400mm lens, I retired the 100-300mm. There just is no comparison in quality of output that this new lens produces (100-400mm). It is a real gem. I also carry batteries, memory cards, a small blower for the sensor, a penlight, lens cloths, sensor cleaner swabs, pen/notebook, and Nexus 4 phone for remote operation. All of this is in a sling bag or a small backpack to which I attach the appropriate tripod for the anticipated shoot. I am a short woman so this is something I can manage in terms of weight and dimension for a full day of shooting and trekking around.
Feedback
Patience is a vital virtue for this kind of photography. These golden moments on California beaches up and down the coast are almost ordinary in their frequency so I find the study of those who wait to be as interesting sometimes as the eventual arrival of the special light. Each time I am out I try to determine a meditation theme to help me see and experience the scene differently. The story of the moment is as important to me as the actual picture.

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