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Behind The Lens

I took this photo, while on a 18 hour layover in Rome. As we were scrambling down the streets, I noticed this open window and what looked to me as a restoration to the frescos within these walls.
It was taken was taken in the early evening in July.
There was no special lighting, as I was taking this photo on the fly.
To take this photo I used my Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my 50mm lens.
I love that this window was in the shadows of the magnificent city of Rome. It has an understated beauty,which hopefully I have exposed that beauty.
Yes, I did some tweaking in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. First I always like to straighten and crop my photos. Typically if I have taken a decent shot with the camera, I will usually adjust the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and clarity if need be. I also tend to tweak the vibrancy and saturation, and then I adjust the sharpening and noise reduction.
In my camera bag
I typically carry 3 cameras in my bag. A Canon EOS REBEL T3i, Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my Waterproof Canon Powershot D20 cameras. I also have 3 lens I carry, an 18 mm, a 55 mm, and 250 mm lens. I also have my Canon Speedlite 430EX II. I always carry a minimum of 4 fully charged batteries for either the cameras or for the flash and I also have a battery charger with me just in case. I carry a polarizing filter, a little water spray bottle, lens cleaners and a remote for the cameras. It would be nice to travel a little lighter, but I do want to try and be prepared, just in case that photo opportunity does present itself. Mind you, I do realize I need to start bringing my tripod out with me more.
My advice is to always have a camera on hand, you just never know when a Kodak moment will present itself. Always try to be observant and respectful of your surroundings and nature. Soak in all the natural and manmade beauty that surrounds us. If you just stop and really take a look, you will see that there is beauty all around us. If I find something I am inspired to shoot, I try playing with the settings and angles of the shot. I can take several shots of a single scene, with an adjustment here and there, or shoot from another perspective. As an amateur photographer I am constantly trying to develop my eye and skills. Most of all I just recommend that you just have fun with your camera and your surroundings!

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