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bobtoye Platinum
 
bobtoye July 17, 2018
Beautiful treatment!
darlenepollard PRO+
 
darlenepollard July 29, 2020
Love this!!
ConnieO
 
ConnieO November 25, 2020
I absolutely love this picture. Beautiful!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was shot at the Dallas Arboretum a few years back. The koi pond is just inside the front gate.
Time
This was taken in early afternoon on a fall day
Lighting
It was a pretty bright day, but in order to get the water as transparent as possible I looked for a shady area to shoot in to reduce reflections
Equipment
This was taken hand-held with a Canon 70D and 85mm F1.8 prime lens.
Inspiration
This was my first trip to the Dallas Arboretum, I went expecting to take a lot of shots! The Koi pond is well maintained with crystal clear water, I wanted to see what I could create there...
Editing
I manipulated lighting, shadows, and highlights pretty heavily using LightRoom to help make the water more transparent, but nothing was PhotoShopped.
In my camera bag
These days I normally carry a Canon 70D with a Tamron 16/300mm mounted, and a 5D Mk III with any number of lenses ranging from a 8mm diagonal fisheye to a Sigma 200-500mm telephoto depending on what I'll be shooting. I'm usually looking for cool things at random while traveling, so I often don't get to plan a lot of shots beforehand - I've found I spend the most time with various prime lenses and the 17-300mm Tamron though, the Tamron's range lets you capture almost anything on the fly and reduces the need for lens changes out in the open. There is a bit of barrel distortion, but nothing that Lightroom can't handle.
Feedback
When trying to make water as transparent as possible, I usually try and keep the sun behind me and blocked as much as possible. Shooting at an angle also seems to help keep reflections to a minimum. I also turn off autofocus so I can get the fish sharp and not the surface of the water

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