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How was this photo taken?


There are pictures that you taken when you are there at the right time and bingo the shot is taken . There are other shots that are taken where a lot of planning  and thought has gone into the shot.

This shot is one shot where thought and planning went into the shot before it was taken. This image is one capture , it is not two images combined as so often happens these days. This was taken in camera, one click and one image. So how was the shot taken?

Clearly taking a picture into the sun like this is going to throw the exposure right out and the camera is going to struggle unless it gets a little bit of help.Umm what would that help be.? Any guesses?

This is a very popular area to go to to take pictures of the iconic Port Willunga Jetty- well what is left of it. This shot was taken in summer and this is a deliberate time of year to take this shot as the sun does not set on this angle in winter. I wanted the sun to set behind the sticks and so I waited for the right time of year and I waited for the to sun to fall behind the huge sticks.The reason for that is I also wanted the long shadows of the sticks which would be my lead in lines to the main subject.

It is so important where possible to have lead in lines to the main subject as they draw the viewer to the main subject and it makes it more engaging and more emotive for the shot. Lead in lines I cannot stress this enough.Take the time to look for them and when you get use to it, there are usually lines around to explore and they will draw you to the main subject.

This was taken with a 3 stop ND graduated filer. I use the Lee systems. They are not cheap but they are very effective. What you pay for is what you get in this case.There are other systems that you can use. I find the very cheap versions that you can use have too much of a colour cast going across the image and although color temperature can easily be fixed in lightroom or photoshop I tried and get most correct as I can in camera.

I took my light reading of the water and then I took the light reading from the sky and it worked out it was a 3 stop difference due to the sun. You expose for the foreground, slip the 3 stop in front of the lens and bingo you have your image.

Both photoshop and lightroom have built in ND Graduated filers and they do work very well but where I can I like to try and get things right in camera as it saves time in post work and I’m all for saving time.

I never spend more than 90 seconds on any image when editing.:)

Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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