Adam_Marshall

Self-Portrait At Little Gidding



A fine atmosphere and a stunning sunset dancing just above the horizon. It's the end of the year, and with the hot glow of the sun baring it's...
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A fine atmosphere and a stunning sunset dancing just above the horizon. It's the end of the year, and with the hot glow of the sun baring it's last rays of light on the horizon on a frigid evening, I walked down into frame to capture the last shot of the evening.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture 5 minutes from my house up in the fields towards the back end of my village.
Time
The sun sets fairly early on in the new year here, so you get to experience the golden hour just after work. I had my camera and tripod with me, ready to shoot a timelapse of the sunset, but by the time I had set up, there was only a short amount of light left. You have to be quick because the light changes so fast during the winter.
Lighting
I really wanted to capture that nostalgic after work sunset glow you'd get on the rare days of late winter. You'd be leaving work, heading out with your dog for a walk or passing the streets and the glancing sun fills the air around you with this beautiful golden glow as it catches the winter atmosphere. I put myself in the frame to give others a chance to experience it.
Equipment
Mefoto roadtrip tripod. Canon EOS 70D. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens.
Inspiration
A typical location I like to visit for timelapses. It's one of the few good spots all year round where I live. I shoot locally, so finding good spots when the right light comes out to play is key. You need to know what works and when. I knew that the sun would work compositioinally here around only this time of year, since when it sets, it is blocked by other features for the rest of the year round.
Editing
Post-processing is key. I wouldn't trust the ability any photographer who says they don't post-process their images. I shoot darker than average, so often i'm looking at the scene through low to mid-tones for highlights. I work in a very fine-art direction for my style, so creating the scene as imagined there on the spot is what I look to do. A balance of natural exposure and vivid colours brights the imagination to life.
In my camera bag
I shoot locally and with my car, so it's pretty easy for me to be able to bring most of my gear with me. In my Canon bag, I take my Canon EOS 70D. A Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8. A Canon 70-200mm f/4.0. A Mefoto Roadtrip tripod + bag. A graduated lee filter and adapter ring. Finally, a intervelometer, because you never know when you might need it!
Feedback
Spend your good days scouting for spots locally all year round, and make a mental note of what works, because when they come round again, you'll be glad you had somewhere to go as the light is fading and your time is spent. You'll find some really special shots if you take the time to understand why certain spots work at different times of the year.

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