Again a strong, thoughtful composition. Great timing on the shot. You look at this image and get it straight away.
Paddle boarders at sunset – a classic Dorset picture
That is the story of this shot. Which is for me what photography is all about.
Imagine being on that lovely flat, calm water surrounded by the golden glow of a spring sunset as you head slowly and gently to Sandbanks, with Evening Hill to your left and Brownsea island to your right. Nice!
Settings for this shot were as follows
- Canon EOS 6D
- 70-200mm F4 L lens
- 1/125th second
- ISO 100
- 200mm focal length used
- Exposure mode – AV
I used the longest focal length I have, 200mm. I was confident that with the fantastic image stabilisation on this lens that I could achieve a sharp image using 1/125th second at 200mm, despite the rule of 1/the focal length – I should really have been above 1/200th second.
The Canon 70-200mm F4L IS lens really is a great lens, super sharp, 4 stop image stabilisation, nice to use and light weight. I chose this lens over the F2.8 version which is big, bulky, and more than twice the weight.
If I need the extra F stops I just have to do something different, which has never been a problem in my photography
And here are the before and after images for easy comparison
Lightroom adjustments were as follows
- Crop as shown in before and after.
- White balance adjusted to daylight.
- Contrast +50
- Highlights -50
- Shadows +48
- Whites +64
- Blacks -10
- Clarity +50
- Vibrance +25
- Lens correction
- Sharpening 100 Radius 1.0
A lot of these settings are default adjustments which I apply using a present on import, to give me a better starting point than the flat RAW image. For this shot I did not do much at all, making it a nice and easy edit.
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you enjoy my new image, bringing some spring warmth into a still stormy march here in England!
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