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Photo Friday – ADVENTURE – Dean Harris

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‘Photo Friday’ is a weekly photography competition that Camera House Australia runs. Every week we choose a new theme and prize, and this week the winner was Dean Harris who entered this adorable image for the theme: ADVENTURE.

We asked Dean a few questions about his image, and this is what he had to say:

Q.What inspired this photo?

A. I sat down for lunch and looked out at this amazing landscape and I noticed that next to me were the couple you see in the shot also looking out at the view. I have learned over the last couple of years that landscapes need people in them to give a sense of scale. So I went around behind them and exposed for the landscape to have them as a silhouette. Because they are wearing climbing helmets, they take on an almost alien appearance in silhouette.

Q.What camera did you use?

A. This is shot with a Nikon D7100 and Sigma 17-50mm f2.8.

Q. What setting did you use?

A. 1/160th, f16, ISO 100.

Q.Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program?

A. It was shot in RAW and edited in Adobe Lightroom. There was not that much done to it, lens correction to remove distortion, added contrast and some dodge and burn to the clouds to make the look a bit more menacing, and pulled down the blacks a little to accentuate the silhouette.

Q. Do you have any advice for our community photographers?

A. When shooting snow, the camera in built light meter will be fooled by the brightness and will tend to under expose the image and make the snow look a bit grey. So counter intuitively you need overexpose make the snow nice and white.  This was manual to manual to get the exposure correct, but you can also use Aperture Priority to do the same thing. Using manual settings is not as scary as you thing. Just takes a bit of practice. Get out there and give it a go.

 

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