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We Are All A Little Broken

this is an image i shot, of a red umbrella that I placed in the middle of a dried up riverbed, with my drone. I really had a hard time with this shot. Nothing s...
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this is an image i shot, of a red umbrella that I placed in the middle of a dried up riverbed, with my drone. I really had a hard time with this shot. Nothing seemed to go right, I had every problem imaginable, which is part of what inspired the name of this image. I also must give credit to my wife for help with the title of this image, which to me at least, the title I give an image can be just as powerful as the image itself.
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xoniuelo Platinum
xoniuelo September 21, 2021
Wonderful, inventive, superbly composed image. Perfect in so many ways, and well worth the troubles it caused you.
JRyan80 Platinum
JRyan80 September 22, 2021
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!!
Gi_Crivellaro November 18, 2022
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Behind The Lens

This shot was taken out on a dried up riverbed near my home.
This shot was taken in the evening around 5pm. It was still summer so the sun was up a lot longer. However, I was running out of time to get this shot done, because it was about to rain and after a heavy rain the cracks in the mud will start to close up. The day that I shot this, everything seemed to go wrong that could. It was extremely windy, which made the umbrella break and I cut my finger pretty bad, and I was actually bleeding quite a bit. After bandaging my finger, fixing the umbrella, and getting it set up, I went back to launch my drone and the umbrella had fallen over. Once I had finally gotten the shot, I noticed that the side of the umbrella that had broken, no longer matched the other side. But after discussing this with my good friend on this site, I decided to just leave it how it was, instead of doing any post-processing to fix it. He pointed out to me that the imperfect umbrella actually went along with the name of the photo perfectly, and needless to say, I agreed.
The lighting wasn't very good on this day, it was overcast most of the day. But it was a bit strange, when I finally got everything into place for the shot, the clouds had a break in them and the lighting was perfect for about thirty minutes. The shadows were gone, and the mud took on the light brown, dried up look that I was hoping for.
This was shot with my dji Mavic Air 2. No filters.
After taking a few shots of the dried up riverbed with my drone, this idea popped in my head. I hadn't seen it before, so as far as I know it's pretty unique.
The only post-processing I did was to brighten the red in the umbrella, add a little contrast and bring the tones in the brown muddy area down a little. I also had to clean up some small amounts of trash, small white rocks and remove a spot where my shoe actually sunk into the mud next to the umbrella. Other than that, I left the image as is.
In my camera bag
In my bag I carry my trusty Canon EOS 7D, DJI Mavic Air 2, Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS, Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC, a Manfrotto tripod, shutter release with remote, various ND filters, variable ND filters, extra batteries, chargers, flashlight and two lenseballs. Sometimes I will bring my Pentax K1000 with me and a few rolls of film.
I would definitely say, invest in a good drone and the proper training and licenses for your country. I have owned two dji drones now and to be honest, they are hard to beat when it comes to image quality, as well as technology overall. Other than that, just have fun and shoot as much as you possibly can, especially on the days you don't really feel like it. I set a goal a few months ago to shoot at least one image a day for the next year. So just get out and shoot, especially on the days you don't really feel like it, and take photos of things you normally wouldn't, get out of your comfort zone. That's what has helped me. I'm still learning every single day. If the weather is too bad to shoot, watch photography videos on YouTube. I honestly have an obsession with photography, most of the time, I think about it all day, everyday. But I can definitely think of plenty of other things far worse than an addiction to photography.

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