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Ashness Gate Jetty at Sunset



Website - www.alanwsmithphotography.com
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Website - www.alanwsmithphotography.com
Instagram @awsmith22
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the Lake District National Park, UK. This is Ashness Gate Jetty on Derwentwater, Keswick.
Time
It was late evening just after sunset. I actually aimed to be there for the sunset in full glory, however family commitments delayed me somewhat. That didn't matter to me though as it was a beautiful night and the light was fantastic still.
Lighting
Light was fading so I didn't have long to setup and capture the shot I wanted, especially as I wanted to do a long exposure to smooth out the water a little.
Equipment
My trusty Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ Tripod was a must for this shot, giving it was in low light and a long exposure. The camera I used was a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens attached. I also used a Circular Polariser and a 3 stop ND filter, and this gave me just the right exposure time. I think I could have possibly gone for a an even longer exposure, maybe with a 6 stop ND filter.
Inspiration
Inspiration for the photo came from many other photographers really. I have seen many versions of this photo from many photographers, and even though it is a very well known location and has been photographed a lot, I still wanted to attempt to capture my own version. I am very pleased I did, and you know what, I think I will take it again and again. I find the locations in the Lake District always look different, the light and conditions are never the same.
Editing
Yes I performed post-processing on this image. Like with most of my images I used Adobe Lightroom for my initial edits and then Adobe Photoshop to fine tune it a little further.
In my camera bag
As a photographer who loves everything outdoors, landscapes, nature, wildlife, macro, I tend to carry equipment to make sure I am ready for any subject. So my bag will usually contain my Nikon D750 camera along with a selection of lenses, Nikon 16-35mm f4, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Nikon 105mm Micro f2.8, Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-f5.6. I also use a variety of Lee Filters including Hard and Medium Grad Filters, Circular Polariser, 3 and 6 stop ND filters and Reverse Grad. Oh and it goes without saying that I would carry a tripod with me, especially when out on a Landscape/Macro shoot.
Feedback
My advice would be to always photograph what you love, what takes your interest. Don't be afraid to take a photo of something that has been done before, in fact use those other versions of the image to your advantage. Look at how photographers before you have approached the image, the light, the composition, the ISO, the aperture and shutter speed. Take all of this information and think how do I want to capture the location? Is there a particular composition I like? Or shall I break the mould and take a different approach. Remember photography is an art form just like any other and we all have our own taste. You create that art for others to enjoy, but how can anyone else like it if you do not? Like I said before, I went and took this image for myself first, wanting my own version. And I am very grateful that others also like my take on the image.

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