Over the past four years I’ve taken tens of thousands of pictures. The vast majority are action photos, such as, baseball, surfing, volleyball, hang gliding and paragliding. While I’ve got a decent camera and lenses, they certainly are not top of the line. This means I’m pushing my equipment, specifically the lenses, to the max. For instance, capturing movement of a paraglider or hang glider while hand holding your camera on a windy ledge can be a challenge. Hitting that sweet spot between the camera, lens, subject and light makes for a gratifying moment. The picture for this post is an example of that moment. What caught my attention is a combination of things. First the exposure was spot on. Shooting a flying subject whose background can change from a blue sky, to a white or gray cloud, to a dark green or light brown island means the exposure can be all over the place. Since I’m shooting in shutter priority I need to set my exposure compensation accordingly. Usually I need to adjust exposure in post processing in Lightroom. Not in this case. Here, I kicked up the blacks to increase the contrast and bring out the blue in the water and the greens and browns of Rabbit Island. Plus, I increased the highlights in the Tone Curve to bring out the brightness of the island. Next is the sharpness of all the elements. The paraglider is the main subject and needs to be in focus. I like having other elements in focus. Assuming they add a sense of depth and space and don’t distract. Here Rabbit Island and the surrounding water is as sharp as the paraglider and adds to the sense of clarity I remember.