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Setting sun at Nk'Mip Cultural Centre



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11 Comments | Report
MicktheGreek PRO+
 
MicktheGreek July 19, 2018
This is quality, Huw!
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding July 20, 2018
REALLY AWESOME
WolfEyesPhotography
 
WolfEyesPhotography August 01, 2018
What a fantastic image!
NedtheBogan
 
NedtheBogan August 15, 2018
Our rain prayers are asked thru this guy.
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug September 05, 2018
Very creative. Nice image and capture. Congratulations.
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sigridbh September 05, 2018
Congratulations on your challenge win !
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JDLifeshots September 05, 2018
Amazing find and capture! Congrats.
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle September 05, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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russellgaughen September 18, 2018
A Very Nice Image Indeed!! Russell
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NotableNuances February 20, 2020
Stunning and excellent composition.
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Joviaal April 03, 2020
Wonderful and perfectly timed shot.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken iin British Columbia's Okanagan Valley near Osooyos, just a few miles north of the US border. The subject is a metal sculpture of a mounted First Nations man raising a peace pipe to the sky. It stands at the entrance to Nk'Mip resort and vineyards, owned and operated by the local First Nations Band. They make and sell some first rate wines. Furthermore next to the tasting rooms is a restaurant where (when the light is not at its best for photography) you can sit overlooking the lake and eat.
Time
Taken at about 7 pm in mid July so there was another 3 hours of daylight left. I had gone there intending to find rows of vines that would be accentuated as the shadows are longer, none of the rows pointed quite the right way so I was walking back to my car to try another vineyard when this figure and dramatic sky behind him seized my attention.
Lighting
The dramatic lighting is the omega and alpha of this image and is not a situation that will be repeated anytime soon. There was a forest fire about 10 miles up the valley and a north wind had sprung up blowing the smoke towards me.
Equipment
Taken with a hand held Fuji XT1 with a Fujinon 16 - 55 mm lens. No filters.
Inspiration
As I started shooting I had some OK shots, bit I realized that if I walked a short distance the partially obscured sun would appear between his hands and that is the image that I entered in the challenge. The lighting was evanescent; the smoke became thicker and sun was no longer seen. It was still interesting with changing patterns and colours in the sky - but the decisive moment was gone.
Editing
Minimal post processing in light room, cropping, but mainly increasing the colour temperature to make the most of the textures and colours in the sky
In my camera bag
In general I travel with two Fuji X-T bodies. I usual have a wide angle zoom, the 16 - 55 which I love using and is my workhorse, and a 55 - 140 zoom. Usually a tripod. I have a limited range of filters, a polarizer, and graduated neutral density filters. I always have 3 spare batteries - charged and ready to go. This is Canada so I have insect repellant and Pepper Spray for bears - I have never had to use it, but I don't leave town without it.
Feedback
Only the most perverse members of our society wish for forest fires - though they are part of the natural world and more frequent and a result of global warming. When they occur in the extensive boreal forest modern practice is to only fight them when they threaten property. Here in the intensively farmed Okanagan valley there is always a threat to property so huge efforts go into containing and extinguishing the inferno. Some homes were lost but nobody was killed or injured. I don't think there are people who follow fires in the same way as those who track tornados - certainly not for photography as though it can result in some interesting colours at sunrise and sunset, these are often best dozens or hundreds of miles away when the particulate matter has had time to get higher in the atmosphere.Fires are dangerous, people get killed, so you don't want to get close. The Okanagan and neighbouring Similkamin valley is a wonderful place tp visit both for photography but also for hiking, watersports and most of all for the vineyards. The improvement in quality over the 15 years since I first visited has improved beyond measure. It's also a great place for foodies.

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