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Let’s All Make a Wish

by Matthew Cooper
Let's All Make a Wish

I have to admit I’m a sucker for the classic Wishes shot in front of Partners. I’m not a big fan of the 2.5 hour wait to pull it off however. When I arrived this area already had people sitting at almost every spot around Partners. I was just able to get a spot, though I wasn’t able to sit down to wait however as the family sitting next to the open spot decided their gift bag needed a spot more than an actual person. In fact they seemed quite bothered I setup near them at all, but I figured they’d get over. Funny enough a nice family from the UK showed up a bit later and long story short they moved their bag and moved a bit further down. I have to give props to them as well as the people to my right as they could have easily opted to stand in a way that would have blocked my shot but they were nice enough to give me the little spot I had zoned off.

I especially wanted to shoot here now that I had an ND filter for the Nikon 14-24 2.8. I’ve shot from here with that lens before but I’m really not a huge fan of the results I got sans ND. I shot this using a Progrey 7 stop ND which allowed me to shoot this extra long exposure, which was 114 seconds. Since I had such a strong filter I shot at f4.5 to have a brighter exposure on the foreground and crowd. Shooting so wide (14mm) this isn’t really a problem either as everything is still pretty sharp and in focus. Ultimately I’m really happy with the Nikon 14-24 2.8 and Progrey ND filter combo. I got several shots from Wishes I was happy with and several from Illuminations earlier in the week. I’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

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