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Almost one hour before sunrise, in Kinderdijk

Almost one hour before sunrise, in Kinderdijk
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colinjdavidson
 
colinjdavidson November 24, 2018
Stunning image.
keepclicking
 
keepclicking November 25, 2018
Everything about this shot is right. Congratulations, fantastic.
Cajunsol
 
Cajunsol Jan 21
Post card worthy love this
Mumsley PRO
 
Mumsley Aug 14
Gorgeous!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Kinderdijk, in The Netherlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Time
The photo was taken at 6:30 am, almost an hour before sun rise.
Lighting
I got to this point early, to make sure that I captured the first colours in the sky just before sunrise. What I did not expect was that the night lights from the nearby towns and industries created this effect. And the total absence of wind made for a beautiful reflection in the water.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk iv with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, on a tripod.
Inspiration
I like photographing reflections on water and even more so if the lighting is out of the ordinary, so seeing this when I arrived at Kinderdijk I just had to take this photo!
Editing
I photograph in RAW, so I always do some post-processing, generally quite light. In this case, I cut a bit on the highlights and opened up the shadows, corrected a bit the exposure, as I had under-exposed to make sure I avoided excessively "burning" the bright light in front of the closest windmill, did a slight correction of the white balance (in auto when shooting) and cropped a little bit.
In my camera bag
My camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mk iv and depending on what I am planning to photograph I will carry a 24-70mm lens, a 16-35 and/or a 70-300. I also have a 100mm macro, which I use for macro photography (which I have to start doing more of) or in general when I want more of a bookeh, for which I think it is a great lens.
Feedback
The only advice I can give is "do what you like to do"! But, in general, getting up (very) early gets great rewards. I like the evening light, but I think nothing beats a crisp cold morning for photography. But every time I return to a site I find different lighting, so going back again and again is also well worth it.

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