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Sunset Drive



Pre-season lavender bushes line a beautiful driveway in Southern Oregon.

Pre-season lavender bushes line a beautiful driveway in Southern Oregon.
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9 Comments | Report
FredericMONIN PRO+
 
FredericMONIN February 08, 2017
Magnifique paysage et lumières !!
Smi77y
Smi77y February 08, 2017
Thank you so much!
ibrahimyilmaz
 
ibrahimyilmaz February 08, 2017
Güzel.
Smi77y
Smi77y February 08, 2017
Thank you!
Jknauf PRO+
 
Jknauf February 08, 2017
Love the muted colors and range of light in this photo. Well done.
whitneysiasstenkamp
 
whitneysiasstenkamp June 12, 2017
LOVE!! LOVE!
Smi77y
Smi77y June 13, 2017
Thank you! I should have a new image with these fully bloomed soon, hoping I can nail it again!
AdirahsEyes
 
AdirahsEyes April 04, 2018
Love the soft shapes against the magnificient sky..
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 06, 2018
This deserves more awards
RobynC PRO+
 
RobynC October 21, 2018
I knew it! Love the color one!
RamonZabala PRO+
 
RamonZabala November 26, 2018
Just great
Ingleman
 
Ingleman Aug 07
Great light and detail.Wonderful capture.

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in my hometown of Ashland, Oregon. Along the outskirts of town there's this amazing Lavender lined driveway.
Time
This image is right at sunset and is actually just a single exposure. No trickery on this one. The light reflected well off the bushes and the barn. The Tamron 15-30 really nails the sun-stars which make up for the lack of color.
Lighting
The lighting was decent, the sun came sneaking out of a fairly heavy cloud cover. It wasn't going to be a super colorful evening, the the sun poking through gave just enough for a solid photo. I wanted the sun in this image because the sun-star and the fact I was expecting to lose light after it fully set.
Equipment
A simple Dolica tripod (the one I keep in the trunk of my car at all times), a Nikon D600, and a Tamron 15-30 lens which excels at sun-stars.Then I simply used a wireless shutter release.
Inspiration
I live in a beautiful area in Southern Oregon. It's not a spot people generally see nationally or internationally, but it's got a lot to show. Particularly the town of Ashland, Oregon which has so many fantastic photo ops. I've seen some friends and people I admire take photos from different spots on this location and always wanted to get a good image of my own. Shoutout to Al Case. I think I learned of this spot from one of his photos.
Editing
Some basic adjustments in Lightroom, then moved over to Photoshop to put to work all the luminosity mask tutorials I had been watching from Sean Bagshaw. This is actually a re-edit about 3-4 months after the photo was taken since my post-processing skills improved so much since then. I owe Sean Bagshaw all my gratitude for his amazing tutorials! This image largely was done with luminosity masks, levels adjustments, overal color balance and tonality control, then lots of dodging and burning through luminosity masks.
In my camera bag
Nikon D600, Tamron 15-30, Nikkor 105 VR, and Nikkor 50 1.8 and a wireless shutter release. That's about all I've needed so far! Of course I always want more :-)
Feedback
After realizing this photo was more popular than most anything else I've taken, I realized it's because of the strong composition. The composition in this photo truly makes up for the lack of truly spectacular light. I think a strong composition is more powerful than anything else. I'm truly starting to believe that. I also tend to not just go out and shoot as much as I can like a lot of people tell beginners. I tend to plan my shots a bit more and really get to locations ahead of time to give the comp a lot of thought. The light being good is either lucky or unlucky. Usually unlucky. I shoot with a purpose and don't want a million photos I'll never look at. If I go out, you bet your bottom dollar I'll end up with an image that is at least worth a crack to post-process and share somewhere. It doesn't always work out that way, but it usually does if I put enough effort and thought into a shot.

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