35mm, F/8, 1/80th of a second, Aperture Priority, +2/3 Exposure Compensation
This is an image I made this winter after one of the many week starting snowstorms that plagued Maryland in 2014. I was driving to a meeting for work, and happened by this pond just a few miles from my house. I passed the pond, and as soon as I could, made a u-turn, and grabbed a few shots of the sun rising through the mist and trees and reflecting off the water.
I titled this post "Creating the Right Place" because it's a great example of taking advantage of the right place at the right time. This spot, on most days, is unremarkable. A wooded pond, probably filled with snakes and mosquitoes during the summer, but under the right conditions, it turned into a great opportunity for a pretty picture. However, I would have been unable to make this image if I had not brought my camera with me. I believe the most important habit a photographer can form is just bringing your camera along. Forget the technical jargon posted above, this image would not have been possible at all if I'd left my camera at home. I get most of my shots by chance, but I get them because I keep my camera handy.
With that that said, one technical reason this image turned out so well is I overexposed the shot in order to enhance the sunlight filtering through the mist, and make the snow bright white. Had I allowed the camera to shoot it without overexposing, the yellow glow would not be as pronounced, and because the camera would calculate the exposure time on the bright sunlight, it would underexpose the snow, making it appear whitish grey. I took about 15 or 20 pictures tweaking the exposure time to get this image. The great thing about digital photography is you can shoot away and experiment, memory is cheap and forgiving.