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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on the back roads of Central New York. I take this road to and from work everyday.
Time
It was around 7:30 am. on my way to work.
Lighting
Natural lighting. There was no setting up for this, just pulling the car over and snapping away.
Equipment
I used my aging Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm lens. No flash or tripod. The shot was taken from my car with the window down.
Inspiration
I'm always looking for something that catches my eye when I'm driving. The farm lands that I live around often provide interesting subjects and moments. In this case it was late fall and the fields were pretty bare. The sunrise was a gloomy, dark kind of sunrise and I really felt the feeling of bleakness, hence the name.
Editing
I almost always do my post processing in Raw first before bringing the image into the NIK Collection. With this image it made sense to use NIK's Silver Efex Pro and convert to Black and White. The scene almost demands the Black and White treatment.
In my camera bag
I always carry the Nikon D40 with 55mm and 200mm lens. In addition I have my iPhone 6 Plus with a wide lens from Moment on me at all times.
Feedback
Paying attention to the surroundings is the key to capturing a photo like Bleak. I don't just look for a pretty image, I think about the best way to frame the scene I'm seeing. I usually shoot several quick shots, moving the angle slightly each time. In this case, my initial gut feeling was the best shot.

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