Ever-changing Light

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Ever-changing light.
As a photographer and instructor, one thing you must understand is light. Light changes constantly. You can’t control it in reality, but you have to take advantage of light when it is great. When we were in the Grand Tetons for our workshop a couple of weeks ago. I knew the clouds were going to be incredible for good light. As the clouds above the mountain turned pink and purple my hopes were coming to fruition. The stillness of the water, between ducks, was a perfect foreground for the reflection. I don’t use Graduated Neutral Density filters in the field very often any more because balancing the foreground exposure is so much easier in post processing. When you are in the field you have a set number to work with like a 2 or 3 stop filter. In this scene I needed a 1 1/3rd stop soft edge filter to keep detail in the shadow area. I think to carry all the variables in field would be impossible. There are times a physical filter can work but I just don’t carry them often anymore.
Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/4 of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

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