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Behind The Lens

Hamburg, Germany.
Jan 1st, 2014 at 1:01am
As far as possible, I'm in use to take advantage of natural light. It is very important to check the weather forecast mostly if your journey plan doesn't allow to spend more than a couple of days on the site.
This image was shot on a Nikon D600 with a NIKKOR AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR lens, involving a tripod of course.
I remember how difficult was to find a good position to be able to take the image in front of the building I chose to be as the main subject. My aim was to realize a good composition from an interesting point of view and with a lot of light in the sky, pointing out the New Year's Day. I spent a great among of time looking for the best combinations of those elements (availability of a great amount of time is one of the advanteges to be an habitual lonely traveler...). Fortunately, at the end the result was worth my efforts.
Yes, I do. I regulated shadows and lights by using Lightroom in order to point out the details and atmosphere. Moreover, I decrease a bit the saturation of the warm colors trying to making the picture a bit more dramatic, according to the main subject and scene.
In my camera bag
As a frequent traveller and backpacker adicted, my choise in term of gear is usually a good tradeoff between quality and size/weight. I use a body NIKON D600 and the following lens and filters: NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.8, NIKKOR AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, NIKKOR AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR, NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED N VR. Few accessories complete my equipment: KENKO Digital Filter Circular PL, MANFROTTO Tripod MK293A4-A3RC1, KAAVIE Tracolla fast release, METZ Flash Mecablitz 52 AF-1.
Generally speaking, I suggest to move a lot in order to discover the best place to shot improving the final composition. In the specific case of this picture, I decided to place me in front of the building in order point out the symmetry. This choise of composition in my opinion helps to have a better composition.

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