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I'm out at one of the local parks near my home and as you can see there's a lake here and a beach and it's December and I like to come out here in December to shoot because there's nobody on the beach it's like 30 degrees out here this morning and I'm all alone out here and I like that all right so I can kind of wander up and down the beach and what I'm looking for is feathers there's all kinds of feathers from the birds there's Canadian geese and seagulls all in this area here and they drop feathers and they land on the on the sand and of course you can find these feathers any time of the year through here but I like to come out here like I say at this time of year because there's nobody else out here also this is a this is a subject that you can photograph on those windy days you know how we always have problems with wind well with feathers on the ground like this they're not affected by the wind so we can we can go out there and find things to shoot on windy days even with feathers on the beach so I've got some feathers in this area here that I'm looking at and what I'm what I don't want is a feather that has all the veins that are perfectly aligned and edges that are perfectly straight that's a boring shot okay so we want to find the feathers that have some interesting separation in the veining and an artistic flow and and those are the ones that you're going to want to search out so don't shoot the boring looking feathers that again that are very straight edges and straight veining find the ones that have separation in the veining and a lot of character all right and and they're out there you just have to be looking for them so I've got one here that I like so I'm gonna set up and shoot this you can see I can just get straight over top of this with my camera and it's a flat subject and I'm parallel the front of my lens is parallel to a flat subject so I don't need a lot of you know depth of field so I can shoot this at f/8 and you know also shoot it a little higher in case I'm not in case I'm not completely parallel I'll shoot it up to f-16 just to be on the safe side I want it all in focus because it has all this nice little sand and stones and stuff around the feather and I want to make sure all that's nice and sharp all right so this is again a good time to get out because again there's like nobody on the beach here I'm all alone out here so this is where you want to come out and shoot these kind of things at this time of year of course you know on the windy days also you will want to come out and shoot these things all right so now I found these three feathers that are arranged just kind of interesting naturally and I'm gonna go ahead and photograph these but now you can see the Sun is hitting my face and my subject whereas earlier the Sun was below the tree lines so I didn't have to deal with the harsh light of the Sun so I'm gonna want to shoot this two ways I'm gonna shoot it with the Sun hitting it and then I'm gonna also shade it now you could either use my body to shade it here just by putting my two legs together and then click on the button here to take the picture or if you bring out your 12 inch diffuser and then we can go ahead and put that diffuser down and shade that subject with the diffuser so either way but shoot it both ways with the Sun hitting it without it the Sun because it's at a very low angle might create some kind of an interesting effect but typically nine times out of ten the diffuse version is going to come out better for me okay so I'll go ahead and shoot this both ways and and see which one I like the best you