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Won Contest Finalist in People Hiking ProjectNovember, 2018
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the Judean Desert, Israel. The specific location is near the Massada and just above the Dead Sea.
Time
This photo was taken at sunrise. The problem is that there are not many clouds in this area because it is a desert area. This time the luck was on my side and the sky was full of clouds and I got a magnificent sunrise.
Lighting
I like to use natural lighting and my favorite shooting times are sunrise or sunset, where the lighting is close to perfection and the scene gets more dramatic.
Equipment
The image was taken with Nikon D850, Samyang 12mm f2.8 Fisheye and Benro tripod.
Inspiration
What motivates me in this photograph is the desire to show the desert in a magical and mysterious light, while imparting a feeling to the viewer of calm, tranquility, cleansing of the head and freedom.
Editing
As a landscape photographer, I edit each image by correcting exposure, contrast, white balance, and minor color corrections. One of the most important aspects I make sure while edit the photos is to make corrections to different areas of the image selectively to balance the lighting because when I take pictures of sunrise or sunset there are very bright and dark areas in the photo and even the use of graduated filters does not always help perfectly and the photo must be fine tuned.
In my camera bag
When I go out to photograph I always have with me my Nikon D850, Nikon 14-24 f2.8 for landscape photography. You will find as well in my bag ND filters for long exposure photography and Graduated ND filters for sunrise and sunset scenarios. In addition to this equipment I always have with me my DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone which I'm using also for landscape photography in places where I can reach them only by air and for different and unusual angles. The last, but most important equipment in my bag is the tripod, because the majority of my photos taken with very slow shutter speed and it requires the camera to be rock steady so the image will be tack sharp.
Feedback
My biggest advice will be to get to know the location before taking a photo there so it is highly recommended to visit there before photo-shooting at least once and understand where the sun shines or sets and try to locate interesting elements in the area to serve as anchor in the photo. Another important advice would be, to bring coffee to the location and not to forget to enjoy the moment!

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