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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on holiday in Denmark. It's a coastal town called Nyborg. One of the quieter places I've been to that's for sure. I had no issues with people getting in the way which was an added bonus!
As most photographers will know, shooting during the middle of the day is a big no no for most cases, not all. Fortunately I had the clouds on my side this day and couldn't spend too much time away from the family on this specific summer holiday trip so had to make do with what I had.........clouds, and decent dramatic looking ones at that.
I have always swayed towards the drama. Even in my music production....it's dramatically overemphasized art at the end of the day, and the same goes for my photography. It's not to everyone's taste but it's one of those things I have always been attracted to. I love clouds, and I love how they can make a picture feel so much more mysterious and moody so when we arrived on this little beach I was quite exited knowing I could potentially capture something special. I knew straight away I would be using a long exposure so i was not worried about the light to be honest.
The equipment I used was my Nikon D750 with a 28-300mm VR lens and a ND1000 filter. All this was on a Manfrotto Befree tripod which I absolutely love.
The whole thought behind this shot was the fact that this pier/walkway is not your stereotypical symmetrical object which tends to be the norm in a lot of these kid of photos including my own shots. I liked how it was old and falling apart to give a different kind of feel to the shot. There are bits of wood that have just been nailed into random places to try and keep it together which I found aesthetically pleasing in a weird and wonderful way.
I did all the post work in Lightroom. After converting it to a B&W in the basic adjustments area I then adjusted the contrast and highlights and brought up the shadows on the wooden areas, played with the clarity brush on the water and added a slight Vignette. It's not overly processed which gives it a more natural look.
In my camera bag
I will never travel anywhere without my 50mm 1.4 lens. It's one of those lenses that holds a special place in my heart just purely because of the quality of images I can get from it and how small and light it is. Yeah sure it's not ideal for wide shots but I have achieved some extra wide 4 shot panoramic hand held shots with it and stitched them up in lightroom. I don't own many lenses but the other lens I would always carry is my 28-300mm VR. It's a great all round lens which is fairly sharp even in the corners and it's got the reach I need when my 50mm just isn't enough. If i'm on serious mission Take my Manfrotto 190 tripod or if I'm travelling light i will take my Manfrotto Befree tripod along with some ND filters, spare batteries and a hard wired trigger which I use a lot, especially for the long exposure shots.
All I would say for anyone wanting to capture a similar image, is that it's all about the composition first. Think about where you will be placing your camera/tripod before you decide on the exposure time etc. I don't want to preach as everyone has their own styles but one thing I found out about doing long exposure is, keep the shutter open for longer than you think. I don't use any fancy gear for telling me how long I need to keep my shutter open for, I will make a couple of test runs first and go with the flow from there. Another tip would be to make sure your tripod is firmly grounded especially on the sand. Even the smallest tides can move your tripod even if it's a few millimeters, your shot will be ruined. One more thing I use religiously is my wired trigger. I have had all the wireless ones but the simple cheap wired triggers seem to be so much more reliable for me and offer the security of knowing they will not die as quick as the fancy wireless ones.

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