This picture was taken over the weekend at a cabin we were staying at in Northern Minnesota. This was an incredibly difficult picture to get since it was very close to sundown and things were getting pretty dark. It was also challenging because: a) the subject was moving – a lot, b) the boat was moving (even more!), c) the subject was far away and d) Big difference in exposure between sky and water.
Normally, to deal with the difference in brightness between sky and water, a graduated neutral density (GND) filter is used. I didn’t have one with me, and I didn’t see being able to use it bouncing around in the back of a boat. In this case, the GND filter in Lightroom had to do. I also had to use a big lens (280mm) and crank the ISO to the moon (2500) to get a fast enough shutter to stop all the bouncing around.
Then it was a simple matter of having the driver aim the boat away from the sun so I could get the awesome sunset over the person tubing.
Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 70-200 f/4L + 1.4x II extender. ISO 2500, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.