In december 2011, one month before my birthday, I had a photography trip with my friends in New Zealand. As a photographer, I want to be here, one of the most beautiful places in the world, in order to take the best photo as I could. Then, I'd like to send this photo to my best, beloved mom. I waited until midnight. It was so cold and windy night that made me chill. Unfortunately, one essential factor was out of my control. It was almost full moon night. However, the show must go on : )
This photo was taken with the natural light with about 30 seconds exposure. I setup the camera (Nikon D700 + 16-35mm.) on tripod, then I used Nikon SB-900 speedlight for manually shooting the foreground. Taking Long exposure photo allowed me to walk and fill light with the flash for several times. If my memory served, I set up the flash about 1/16 or 1/32 power then fired 5-6 times from foreground to the church--the Church of the Good Shepherd. The favourite shot looked like a scene from childhood fairy tales. And, I hope this will be the greatest gift to my mom.
On my birthday, 16 January 2012, I sent this photo to my mom and wrote this message to her:
"Dear Mom, I cannot thank you enough for all your always supporting and believing in me. I would not be the person I am today without your constant patience, guidance and love. Thank Mom!! For giving me birth : ) Love you so much."
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