Into a ball like an armadillo
I slowly strolled around the lake counterclockwise and stopped wherever an interesting sight caught my eye. And this particular sight did just that.
The colorful sculpture shouted for my attention. The pines looked like clumps of moss on sticks. And the old water plants in the foreground.
But, it turned out that this was quite challenging as a huge rock sat right at the spot where I wanted to plant my tripod. And my 24mm prime lens wasn’t helping either. First I placed it right in front of the rock. But it became obvious rather quickly that even with the flip-out screen out and tilted up, it was tricky for me to view what I was composing.
It was one of the rare moments where I found myself contorting my entire body into a ball like an armadillo. I wished there would have been another way, but when I wanted the sculpture in the dead center of the frame along with the water plants and the reflections of them in the foreground while not being cropped.
Then, when it was all ready to go after spending a good 10 minutes constantly shifting the tripod and the camera, I came back up as if the armadillo unspooled itself up and sat down on the rock. I released a huge sigh of relief and stretched my back while watching the lake.
Once the clear reflections were set in as if things came into focus, I pressed the remote shutter release before another whiff of wind would disturb the reflections.
Dongback Lake Park, South Korea
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