New feature for my website, How I Got The Shot – borrowed from my Instagram feed (@AnthonyMorganti).

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I believe my son Joe was 12 or 13 in this picture — he’s 21 now. We were at Niagara Falls and for some reason, the rapids above the falls were quite low and you could walk out a little bit on the rock bed — it was a lot safer than it sounds but I will say, that the rock bed we were standing on for this picture has been underwater every time I’ve visited since.

Anyway, there were a lot of people here taking pictures and we were all patiently waiting our turn to take the shot with the crest of the falls and Niagara Falls, Ontario in the background. When it was our turn, I quickly took a few shots of Joe standing there, looking straight at the camera — everybody else were shooting their loved ones the same way. For the last shot, I told Joe to turn around and face the falls. It turned out to be the best shot.

Many times I’ll take an image that I don’t see anything significant in camera but in post, I’ll see something and be so happy that I took the time to shoot it. In this case, on a whim, and for the sake of being thorough, had him turn around and face the other way not thinking it was anything good but in post, I saw a young man looking toward his future but between he and that future are dangers. He’s small in comparison to the large city buildings that beckon him and to get there, he would have to overcome the dangerous river of life.

Post Processing

⁣Image processed in Lightroom then I added the moon and stars in post production using Photoshop to add a bit more drama.

⁣Gear & Settings

Nikon D7000 with Nikon 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 Lens⁣⠀
Aperture Priority Mode⁣⠀
Spot Metering Mode – metered on buildings⁣⠀
Single point focus – focused on Joe⁣⠀
1/2000, F5.6, iso: 100 at 24mm⁣⠀

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