Lavender at Sunset





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joycealicesmith June 09, 2016
One of my all time favourite photographs!! Congratulations on winning the Challenge!
laurettesphotography June 09, 2016
Wow, thank you so much. I didn't even know that I had won. Such wonderful news. :-) Made my day.
AfterMidnightStudio June 10, 2016
I love this photo, just beautiful and congratulations on your win
laurettesphotography June 10, 2016
Thank you so much. Much appreciated. :-)

Behind The Lens

I took this photograph in my back garden in Somerset West, South Africa.
This was during sunset as I walked around the garden with my camera I noticed how the light shone through the lavender bushes.
This was pure natural sunlight as it was setting, which created the most wonderful silhouetted look to the lavender and surrounded the lavender with a light outline, which is what I thought made it extra special
I used my Nikon D3000 and shot freehand, with a 200mm lens.
I am passionate about sunsets and usually take them from my loft which I can see over the whole of the False Bay from Gordon's Bay on the left to Table Mountain on the right, but this evening I decided to take a walk in my garden and see what the light would do through the trees and the lavender as I saw it was at that time of year when it was at the same level as the lavender bushes. I moved around and got down on my knees to see what it looked like through my camera and was blown away by the image I saw. I took a few shots, but decided this one depicted what I saw the best.
I only used a tiny bit of contrast and sharpening, but nothing else as I felt I had captured what I saw.
In my camera bag
I have my Nikon camera now being the D3200, with my 28mm - 300mm lens plus my 18mm - 55mm kit lens and the Micro Nikkor 40mm 1:2.8 G lens.
My advice is shoot from your heart. That is what I do. I capture what captures me and run with it. Open your eyes, look and see what others normally wouldn't see. Try different angles to get your best shot. That is why I enjoy shooting at sunset. One can get so many different images from one subject just by moving around.

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