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Big Cities and Little 'uns
This is probably the most beautiful castle/palace thing I've ever visited in my life. I think it's officially called a palace, but I think of it more like a Disney castle. The colors are all real that you see here! (Well, I added some texture in the sky for fun, but the colors are all true-to-life). It's set in the middle of a sprawling 200-acre forest park. There are paths all over the place, but it's actually quite hard to find a place to take a photo like this. You definitely can't get this view from any of the standard lookout spots. It takes just a little bit of rock-climbing and clambering around to get this view.
- Trey Ratcliff
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Who know Pittsburgh was this beautiful!?! I certainly had no idea! I didn't know it was so colorful... that was maybe the most surprising thing to me. There's a little hillock/mountain that you can ascend via a funicular. We took it up around sunset so we could take a variety of photos as the sun was setting. This tends to be my favorite time to shoot: just after sunset so there is a mix of artificial and natural, ambient light.
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Walking in the Park
Instead of describing this photo, I'll talk about a little trick. See how the background is all blurry and quite flat (not complex)? This happens when you use a very low number for your F-Stop. In this case, it was 1.4 on the 50mm 1.4 lens - although this would have also worked with the more inexpensive 1.8 lens. Anyway, if the person (or object) you are shooting is a lot closer to you than the distant background, the entire area back there will be very washed-out and flat. Behind her, there was actually a lot of complexity. There was a park with trees and sky and lights and everything, but it all gets washed away with this technique.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.