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AylinKalan January 31, 2018
spectacular perspective by gorgeous scene !
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Behind The Lens


This photo was shot at Bruges, Belgium. Bruges, like the neighboring city of Amsterdam, is known for its many canals and is a very photogenic city.


I shot this as the sunset. It wasn't the sunset sky I had hoped for. I wanted a more colorful sunset, but as the sun went down cloud cover dulled some of the suns effect. However, as I processed my photos I came to like this more than I expected as the colors of the sky and the water reflection, is more subtle and nuanced.


The lighting is natural.


I shot this with a Nikon D810 with a 24-70mm lens, tripod mounted, no flash.


I had planned on capturing sunset shots of Bruges. So, with my bicycle and tripod mounted camera I rode around the city taking canal shots at various locations as the sun set.


There is very little post-processing done on this photo. I load all of my shots as RAW files into light room. Typically, with most of my landscape type shots the only adjustments I make are highlights, shadows, lens corrections. Sometimes I bring up the clarity a bit, and/or the contrast, depending on the shot. The water reflection of this shot is natural, no photo shop. I have and can use photo shop, but most of my landscape shots are only processed in Lightroom.

In my camera bag

For Landscape shots I use a Nikon D810 almost exclusively. My go-to lens for landscapes is a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. I also have a 14-24mm f2.8a and 70-200 f 2.8 for landscapes, but I don' use them nearly as often as I do the 24-70. During lower light times of day I always use a tripod, which is a Manfrotto 190. I rarely use lens filters of any type and have not in this photo.


When visiting cities to photograph I generally try to shoot during the sunrise/sunset golden hours and twilight. As part of that I conduct extensive recon of photo locations via google maps and the Photographer's Ephemeris app. The PE app is great to study the location of the sun during the time of day you plan to shoot. Often I'm in a city for only a day or two, so the more advance knowledge I have of the light and locations the better. To cover as much ground and get a variety of shots during a short time frame (golden hour) I take by bicycle get some shots at a location, and move to another location. A bicycle makes for very efficient travel in a city. I also plot GPS locations and save them in my navi app to I don't waste time getting lost when moving from one location to the next.

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