Afternoon visit to a close to home lake

Many Saturdays I take a walk with the camera (and tripod) to see if the sunset is good. This is a lake at 20 minute walk from where I live. On a day like this I tipicaly spend 2 to 3 hours and take about 100 photos.
I will show you the output of this day.

First thing is to look to any foreground, this weed at an elevated border of the lake will do the job. All photos that day were taken with the Nikon D800, the Nikkor 14-24 and my RRS tripod, at least all the good ones.
My dog insisted on spoiling my foreground so I decided to try one with him included. Look at the difference in the postprocess and the first is at a wider setting than the second
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Now with no foreground and more sky


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Try horizontal too:

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Change location closer to the water and try some vertical and horizontal variations

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Also with less foreground and the clouds keep changing

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Some verticals again, the sun is already gone and time to go home to the computer to see the results.
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Vall d'Aran, Montarto summit

Yesterday I went to the Vall d’Aran, it is a beautiful valley in the Pyrenees. The most beautiful track there, and to my taste, in all Pyrenees is to go to the summit of the Montarto. The first photo is taken at the Cap del Port lake.
When mountaineering, I use the Nikon D 5000 with the Nikon 10-24 and the 18-200 in a small bag that I carry over my stomach in a way that I can walk, stop, take the camera out, take a picture, camera in and walk again.
If the conditions get difficult I can put the bag inside my Backpack and concentrate on the climbing.
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Both photos are taken with the Nikon D5000 and the Nikon 10-24. The second one is at a place called Guellacrestada, it took us a very steep 3 hour trek. The lake you see is called Estany de Monges and the summit is the Punta Alta.
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After 4 hours this is the summit, my wife is taken some pictures. I used the build in flash of the camera to provide a little fill light and reduce the contrast.
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From the summit you can see the estany de Mar lake, still half frozen. I used the nikon 18-200 at 200. Going down, the estany de Monges again, is so beautiful! Again, wide angle lens and build in fill flash. Some times I carry the SB 600 flash but this time I decided to save a little weight.

Velodromo de Lleida

This morning I have gone to a indoor cycling championships in Lleida. First, I have been doing a low shutter speed photos to increase the speed appearance.
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Some front portraits with the 70-200 and the 2X teleconverter that becomes a 400mm tele.
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but the ones I really like are the ones I have done with the 14-24 wide-angle and fill flash.
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I still don’t know which one I like best. All you see has been cropped and slightly developed in Lightroom, a little contrast here and there and a few touches to exposure slider. I may go to Photoshop to clone out the light post that appears on some photos.
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This two ones are the same, one is cropped to show only one bicycle and the other you can see the other two bikes so you know it is a race.
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