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jleosadauskas May 17, 2020
Thank you for joining my challenge and for submitting that great photo of Trefoil Arch. Good luck.
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NatureCoast August 23, 2020
Congratulations on your award and thank you for entering Summer 2020 award challenge. Good luck! Kathy
KHBimages August 23, 2020
Thank you.
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Behind The Lens

One of my favorite images from a vacation to New York City. This is Trefoil Arch in Central Park. When I'm on a family vacation I always look to make some images that hopefully will be more than just vacation snapshots.
This was shot about 5:00 P.M. on July 4th, 2017.It was hot and humid. I was just standing near the Arch trying to cool off a little and wondering if I could find a good composition for an image.
It was cloudy and the sun was on the other side of the Arch making it a bit of a lighting challenge. I was in Aperature Priority mode because the light was constantly changing due walking in and out of shaded and full sun areas as well as having clouds moving across the sky.
This was shot hand held with Nikon D810, and a 24-70 lens at 48mm. Settings were f3.2 at 1/125 of a second at ISO 200.
I wanted to get a good image of the Arch and while I was trying to figure out how I was going to shoot it, two children walked through. I started shooting trying to catch the kids at various points in the Arch. Luckily, they stopped at the end, holding hands, and I was able to make this silhouette of them. Being in Aperature Priority made it possible for me to quickly adjust my settings for the bright area of the steps in front of them and get the silhouette.
The post processing was done in Lightroom.I converted this to black and white as it made a much better image.The rest is pretty typical of what I do for most images.Set the white and black points. Adjust highlights and shadows if needed. I added some texture to the stone and vegetation. I pulled the highlights in the sky back a little as it was brighter than I liked. A small amount of clarity and dehaze was used. Finished with a slight vignette and some sharpening.
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Nikon D810, a Nikon 24-70 f2.8, a Tamron 70-200 f2.8, and a Nikon 50mm f1.8. I also carry a flash, a small defuser and a small reflector. Lately, I have been carrying a Platipod and ball head. Depending on what I plan to be shooting I switch the 50 for a wide angle or a 70-300. If I know I'll need more reach than the 70-300 I'll pair it with my D7000. If needed I'll bring along my Induro tripod or mono pod.
Always be prepared. Keep your eyes open and know your equipment. I admit I was fortunate to have these kids walk into the scene and even more fortunate to have them holding hands and stopping where they did. Luck definitely played apart, but, being in Aperature Priority and being able to change my aperature and thus my shutter speed quickly made my chances of getting this image much greater.

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