Nikon D80, 50mm, 1/1600 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

I shot this photograph while I was visiting my parents this past winter. This was my first time photographing the city of Atlanta. It’s a great city surrounded by quaint little neighborhoods. We were walking around Piedmont Park during a cloudy grey day and all of a sudden the color of the sky turned to this bright orange just before sunset. I just had to take a photo. I didn’t have my tripod so I was trying to figure out a way to stabilize my camera. I tried different settings and from a bunch of shots this was the best one. I don’t have vibration reduction on my 50mm lens, however I learned a technique from a workshop at B&H to rest your right elbow on to your rib/stomach area while holding the camera, then exhale and press the shutter. I took this photo with a 50mm prime lens because I was experimenting with just using one focal length for the whole day. It’s interesting experiment because you really have to move around your subject since there was no zoom, use different angles, different perspective and it really ignited my creativity. This lens was amazing, very crisp, and very fast. Near by Piedmont Park was this neighborhood called Virginia Highland. It’s nice neighborhood full of young and hip folks with a large variety of shops, restaurants and a active nightlife. I hope you like the photograph as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy viewing! As always please leave questions and comments.

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