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Follow Me to the Sun



Sometimes we need to rise our hands to rich the horizon.

You just need to press the shutter and let magic happen. :)

Sometimes we need to rise our hands to rich the horizon.

You just need to press the shutter and let magic happen. :)
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BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb June 04, 2017
instant favorite,absolute amazing shot
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pedroquintela June 29, 2017
That´s so nice of you Bruno. Thanks a lot!
GeeSpotMedia
 
GeeSpotMedia June 29, 2017
Touching!
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pedroquintela October 25, 2017
Really appreciate it! Thanks a lot!
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Rafaphoto December 27, 2017
Great composition
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pedroquintela December 27, 2017
So kind of you!
AdirahsEyes
 
AdirahsEyes January 25, 2018
Happy for you!! well deserved honors.. great shot. Leading arms....nice
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pedroquintela January 26, 2018
Very appreciated, those lovely words from you! Thanks a lot!
helderramos
 
helderramos January 26, 2018
Fabulous! Está fabulosa! Parabéns!
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pedroquintela January 26, 2018
Muito obrigado, Helder! Quem bom ter um nacional por aqui!
denisewatson_2009
 
denisewatson_2009 January 28, 2018
Wonderful! Heartfelt Congratulations!
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pedroquintela January 29, 2018
You´re very kind, thank you for the words!
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tonyajeansalas July 29, 2018
I love everything about this shot! It’s amazing!
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pedroquintela July 30, 2018
I appreciate very much your words and visit! Thank you!
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2216_6645 January 28, 2019
Love this
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pedroquintela January 29, 2019
Really appreciate it! Thanks!
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harmeetsingh February 10, 2019
excellent
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pedroquintela February 11, 2019
Thanks so much!
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ghadakhalil Jan 09
Awesome \u1F60D\u1F60D
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Thank you!
HillaryElizabeth PRO
 
Amazing capture 💫🙏🏽
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pedroquintela Oct 28
Thanks so much!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was made in Portugal, on a location very near Porto Côvo. I took some days off, to relax there during winter on December. Curiously my intention was to shoot the sea for the first time since I started in photography at higher level. But truth to be told, my intention was far from doing this sort of image. I was planning good and old straight forward landscape shooting. Though my better half asked to do it, one of those I never share in social media, the holding hands ones.
Time
We had a trip of several hours to get to our location. During all day the weather app was giving more and more precise data about what we could expect there. The goal was to scout the area and then find the perfect spot at around 5 p.m. As we know the perfect moments of the day to get the most flattering and glowing light is during the sunrise and sunset. The funny thing that I forgot is that on seacoast the sunset takes much longer as on my usual shooting locations. Don´t forget that there you have an extra reach of light till it fades away completely on the hour!
Lighting
Oh the light, that divine light! I can´t express in words the felling I got when that light reach us, holding hands. The glow, the angle was simply perfect! The key here was to find the best angle that could lighten the center frame from the foreground to the background. Those great clouds also helped channeling the diffuse rays of light towards us. Again, shoot always during sunrise and sunset! No other momento of the days beats that.
Equipment
For this specific trip I used a light full frame dslr, my late Canon 6d. Loved that camera because of the weight and the noise free files. The lens was a wide-angle with image stabilization that came quite handy because the shutter speed was low due to the aperture, low light and the use of filters. I´m talking about the Canon EF16-35 F/4 L IS. It was shot handheld with my left hand because the tripod wasn´t easy to use and... the light was fading away quickly! Also used a Nisi holder with a Nisi GND of 1.2 stops to balance the sky and the foreground. Only that way I could manage to capture this scene in a single shot. It was a little tricky to get all the depth of field.
Inspiration
This particular photo has been popular on social media because of a project known as follow me. We start doing that idea about 2 years ago, despite never had the idea to share those image on the social media. I´m basically a landscape photographer that has the need to use the human presence tin the frames, since it gives humanity, correlation with the viewer and scale. On this occasion the intention was to have a beautiful moment, that represented a bond between us on such an emotional location. Though it was very far of getting it to be share on the amazing viewbug community!
Editing
Post processing is, at least to me, the other fun part of the photography process. Since we don´t use anymore the darkroom now the option is the software. I´m a fan of Lightroom and Photoshoop because both softwares allow me to give my proper look and style to the images. On this particular one the workflow was really basic. The raw file had the highlight and shadows adjustment, I gave a little of vibrance and clarity. Then with a brush enhanced the light on us. Finally did a double curves adjustment to preserve coldness in the shadows and the warmth in the highlights.
In my camera bag
First of all I must say that my gear is always ready. After my shootings, when I get at home the first thing I do is clean the gear, charge the batteries and put all in place to be grabbed if I have a rush. My main body is a Canon 5ds, that I love because of the amazing 50mp sensor. Very roughed and well built since I love a substancial body, so I guess I´m an old school photographer that didn´t got on the mirrorless side. All my lenses are from Canon as well. Usually I have attached a 16-35 F/L IS. His buddies are a 24-70 F/4 L IS, a 70-200 F/4 IS L, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 85mm F/1.8. Personally I don´t need more focal, they all have a purpose on my workflow. Other very important piece of gear are the filters. I have the luck of being sponsored by Nisi Filters, so I have a vast array of ND and GNDs that make my life so much simple! Don´t forget that getting it all right during shooting will be very time saving during the editing. So having the filters for landscape is a go, to me. Every landscape photographer has also a big dependence to a tripod. So it should be sturdy, rock solid. In my case I use a trusty Manfrotto 055Xpro that has seen better days, but it´s still working. The head is a Feisol Cb-40. Very light weight that needs also to be replaced. I hope to get soon a tripod sponsor! Also use a L bracket to give my camera the best stability posible and for that reason a remote tripod is always with me. We don´t want any blurry images!!
Feedback
At first this seems to be an easy image to do, but in reality it isn´t. This is due to the need of absolute stability when handheld. At sunset, with only one hand available, using fllters... the odds are on the side of blurriness. Despite that don´t worry, I have the answer! The key is to use the sweet spot of your lens, that´s usually between f/8-f/10. The ISO should be the lowest posible to prevent noise, the shutter speed above your focal length. In this case I was at 16mm at 1/25 with the Image Stabilization on that helped me increase a steady shot. If you have use a Graduated Filter to balance the sky and the foreground exposure. Here is better to do it in a single shot, no bracketing for me or double exposure on handheld. With technical data explained then comes the angle. You need a scene that is pleasant to the eye and that guides the viewers look from the begging to the end of the framing. Extending the arms to the max is a way to go. In our case since we are both tall we had an extra inches to make it easier while extending the arms. Also don´t forget to make it during sunrise or sunset, facing the sun and trying to conduct that light towards you both. Finally embrace the joys of life. By sharing this moments and shooting with your better half she or he will have more reasons to understand why photography is so important and that can be shared in many ways. So happy shooting to all and thanks so much for this opportunity of sharing one the most important moments of my life!

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