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Behind The Lens

Location
I had just arrived at my brother's house for the holidays and saw this car. It had been raining and when I went in I was introduced to the owner. Never one for passing up an opportunity I was given the go ahead to grab the camera and go back outside in the rain to capture this and some other images.
Time
I had just spent a few hours on the road passing through a storm to get here late afternoon. I was ready to be inside relaxing and visiting with family. I couldn't pass up the chance to photograph this car and since it was late afternoon already as well as overcast and still raining lightly I knew my chance with the existing light was limited. The rain was picking up again so I had to work fast.
Lighting
With the winter storms that had been passing through there wasn't a lot of light actually. The storm clouds blocked out most of the sun resulting in defused natural light.
Equipment
I used my trusty Canon 5D mark II with the Canon 24-105 f/4L lens to capture this moment. With working fast in the rain I didn't want to take the time to set up a flash or the tripod. I knew the camera would tolerate the light rain so I kept it simple and shot fast.
Inspiration
I've always enjoyed vehicles in general and love to photograph cars I don't see every day. As I pulled up to my destination and saw this car parked I knew I had to get photos. The colors of it and the rain drops just added to the desire to photograph it. Due to the location I decided to focus on details of it as in this photo. There was too many buildings and fences in the background and not a lot of room to maneuver so the decision to go close up was easy. Inspiration was simply a combination of a love of photographing different cars, capturing things in the rain, and not getting the cluttered backgrounds in the photo.
Editing
In general I try not to do a lot of post-processing. I shoot in RAW and then adjust for contrast, clarity, etc. where needed. This photo only had a very slight boost to the whites, clarity and contrast.
In my camera bag
For day to day I will generally have my Canon 7D mark ii with a Sigma 18-300 with me for any spontaneous must have photos. When I set out for the day knowing I'll be taking photos my trusty 5D mark ii is in the bag, especially if there's a chance for macro or low light. It's definitely my favorite not only for the quality of photos it gives me but also that it has taught me a lot and after all the years and clicks it's become a part of me. My favorite lenses to use on it are my Canon 180mm macro, Canon 100-400 mark ii, and the Canon 24-105mm. These 3 generally accompany the 5D whenever I take it out. Depending on the destination, the 7D may tag along so I can use 2 lenses with out changing all the time.
Feedback
I've learned that you have to be ready and sometimes take chances to get the shot. For this photo I didn't let the rain stop me. I knew my camera would tolerate the light rain and I made sure to dry it well when done. I also have rain gear for it just in case such as the time I was out in a hail storm to try and capture lightning strikes for the first time. Many couldn't believe I took a nice camera out in the storm but with both the camera and I covered in rain gear I got the shot! Getting that extra gear to protect the camera if needed and going out when everyone else is staying in can get you the photos others are passing on and getting something different can make you stand out.

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