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Stairwell in our hotel in Iceland.

Stairwell in our hotel in Iceland.
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darryljordan August 28, 2016
Nice! Vertigo!

Behind The Lens

This was taken in the lobby of the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica in Reykjavik, Iceland. My girlfriend and I spent the first night of our 10-day excursion of Iceland at this hotel.
This was taken early in the morning after waking up to our first full day in Iceland. We were leaving the hotel and I had my camera ready to go as we prepared to capture everything Reykjavik had to give us and I noticed this stairwell, having always wanted to create this picture with a photogenic staircase, I knew this would be the first shot of my trip.
This was shot with just the ambient lighting of the hotel lobby and the natural light from the foggy morning in Reykjavik seeping in through the windows.
I shot this using my Canon T3i with my Sigma 12-24mm wide-angle lens. I wrapped the sling around my wrist and held the camera out over the hole of the stairwell and used the movable screen on my camera to view the shot and line it up.
Well, as I assume many of you have also seen, I had seen many shots of spiral staircases like this, and so when I was about to embark on my journey through Reykjavik, I had gotten in the mode to spot shots, and I just knew when I saw that staircase that I had to take this picture.
There was a high contrast to this shot due to it being shot indoors but natural light coming in through the windows. In post-production, I did some minor editing to lighting and that's it.
In my camera bag
In my bag, you'll find three lenses; Canon 50mm, Sigma 12-24mm, and Canon 18-55mm. With those lenses, you'll also find my trusty Canon T3i, tripod, monopod, GoPro camera, GoPro accessories, lens filters, cleaning accessories, and a remote shutter. I do not have the latest camera body or a plethora of lenses to choose from, but as Chase Jarvis stated, "the best camera is the one that you have." Although, if I had the money, I would likely get a telephoto lens and upgrade to a full-frame camera, I do not have that money and I make the most of what I had because the composition and story-telling elements of a picture are more important than the number of megapixels your camera can shoot.
Honestly, I believe just by learning the basics of photography, grabbing your phone, or whatever camera you have, and keeping an eye open, you can take amazing photographs. This picture is a by-product of simply viewing others' photographs and becoming inspired to recreate them or capture something similar.

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