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7-1-17. Sunset Walk



On the way back home from a long day in NYC with a group of friends, the sun was just about to set when we were walking to the Penn Station....
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On the way back home from a long day in NYC with a group of friends, the sun was just about to set when we were walking to the Penn Station.
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MRSMRSNIKON April 08, 2019
Congrats on your featured shot excellent capture

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken when a couple of friends and I were heading home from New York. Just coming from Brooklyn, we were headed to Penn Station to get home to New Jersey.
Time
I, honestly, don't know the exact time but I do know it was around golden hour. Thinking back on how our New York trips went back then, we didn't want to stay out in the city that late, unless there was a concert to attend. So, I think this was around 7 or 8 p.m.
Lighting
Being in that sort of corridor, the only problem was that the sun was directly in front of me. Every time I looked through the viewfinder, I was just slowly blinding myself. So trying to take this picture was a challenge: I had to not blind myself while also walking, adjusting camera settings and trying not to bump into anybody else.
Equipment
All I used was Nikon D3200 and a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens.
Inspiration
I just liked how the view was with light pouring in and how the clouds were formed over the city. All I knew was that I wanted to expose for the sky. I wanted to be able to bring those clouds in for the photo so I had to play around for a bit. This was back when I only sort of had a grasp on shooting on Manual mode, so testing exposures and trying to get the picture was a test for myself.
Editing
I mainly use Lightroom for post-processing and I enjoy playing around with the settings, experimenting and trying different things. I had an idea of how the final photo would look in my head and I, more or less, knew what to do -- mainly because a lot of my photos back then came out too overexposed or underexposed and I had to do a lot of patching up. Back then, I also went through a period where I liked my photos to have warmer tones and I liked having deeper shadows. For those two, there was a lot of tweaking with the tone curve and split toning.
In my camera bag
Funnily enough, I don't carry a bag. I don't have enough equipment to warrant carrying a bag. My go-to lens was the Sigma 18-200mm I used and I that kept me satisfied enough that I didn't have the need for other lenses. At this time, photography was just a hobby that I wanted to dip my toes in, so the urge to buy more lenses and equipment was fairly minimal.
Feedback
I'd say to experiment. Think about the image in your head when faced with a similar view. Photography is a form of expression, of how you see the world, so you don't have to follow what I've done (but that's not to deny you from creating something similar). Create what you would like to see. If you aren't able to capture the image that you wanted the first time, try again. Trial and error is a gracious learning process.

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