Light on the rocks

Light on Kerroc'h rocky coast in Brittany (France).

Light on Kerroc'h rocky coast in Brittany (France).
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Behind The Lens

This picture was taken last fall on the coast of Ploemeur in Brittany (France).
This one was taken during the golden hour just before sunset. The place isn't very far from my home ; so, when I saw these big clouds arriving on the coast, I took my photographic material and I went on landscape photo session :)
When I arrived on the rocky coast, the sun was high in the sky and above the clouds ; a few minutes later, it passed under the clouds to offer me a magnificent light on the rocks.
For this shot, I used my Nikon D610 with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, a remote control for triggering and my Sirui tripod.
I had visited this coast several times without ever having a beautiful light ... "the beautiful light" ... and that evening, I was amazed by this light so beautiful and yet so ephemeral.
The photo was properly exposed. nevertheless, as I shoot in RAW, I had to play on the traditional sliders (contrast, high lights, low lights, a little clarity, blacks, whites ...) on Lightroom ... without losing this beautiful light. Then, on photoshop, I performed more accurate and localized contrast processing.
In my camera bag
When I leave to make landscape photographies, I always carry my nikon D610 with the Nikkor 16-35 f/4 (+ Marumi polarizer) and my wonderful Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8. In addition, I always have a remote control, some ND and GND filters, some extra batteries, rags and protective plastic bags in case of bad weather. Sometimes, depending on what I have to photograph, I add my Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 or my Tokina 100mm Macro, a head lamp, a pair of gloves ... etc ... Of course, my tripod is almost always on the game too ! For this shot, I used the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 that a friend had generously given me to the test :)
First, dress yourself according to the weather ... it is very important to be comfortable and relaxed to photograph. If you go by the sea, boots can be very useful to be a little more relaxed in front of the waves. Then, when you arrive on a photo spot, take your time and familiarize yourself with it to find the best compositions, the best angles of view. If you're shooting at wide angle, move closer to your foreground to fill the frame, lower yourself and finally stabilize your tripod as much as possible. All you have to do now is set your depth of field (usually between f/8 and f/16) and have fun with the shutter speed by playing with the different settings of your camera to get a result that is more enjoyable to your eyes. But the most important thing is: "Take Pleasure"! ... and "don't forget to raise your head to enjoy the scenery in front of you" :)

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