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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 19 Winner

The winner of Week 19 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Jay Claus (@refujay). There is something otherworldly when you’re out in nature and the fog begins to roll in below you. Jay has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating to the Access Fund in his name. Learn more about Jay below.

Where was the image shot?
San Francisco Bay Area

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Shutter Speed: 30 secs
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 50

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Actually yes. I was on a 1-on-1 workshop with Chris Ewen Crosby (@cecphotos). We did a lot of scouting and hiking to find the perfect composition for that evening’s shoot. I used a Haida Red Diamond 6-stop ND filter and 3-stop GND to allow the shutter to be open for 30 seconds and darken the sky so the picture’s color and exposure was much more balanced. We waited for the fog to start rolling in over the hills, then click-click-click!

How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been seriously shooting with a DSLR since November of last year (2018) but was always taking photos of my surroundings with my cell phone for many years before that.

What's your camera of choice?
Whatever I have in my bag - currently a Canon 80D, Canon 6D, and Mavic 2 Pro.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
My favorite subject is the Huntington Beach Pier but I’ve really been enjoying shooting mountainscapes over the last couple of months!

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I typically will start my shoot solo but I love to meet other photographers while I’m out scouting and snapping pics. I also will go out with a few friends when we can align our schedules because I really love the social aspect of photography.

What excites you about photography?
I love that I’m able to record an image that I see in the wild so-to-speak. I also make films because I just love telling a story. When someone looks at my images or my watches my films I want them to feel the same emotions that I experienced while being out in nature. That really drives me to keep creating!