Best Shot: An Evolving Eye

A Koh Kood, Thailand picnic provides an impromptu photo op, and these expert photography tips help to maximize it.

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After a hunger-inducing hike and a long ride through a coconut plantation in Koh Kood, Thailand, I arrive at this picturesque beach, where lunch greets us on woven mats. My first shot captures the overall feel without showcasing the centerpiece dish.Zach Stovall
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I crouch down, focusing in on the meats, pastas and salads artfully wrapped in banana leaves and displayed in bamboo baskets. Not a bad shot, but from this angle you still wouldn't guess which goodies are about to cure my ravenous hunger. Return to Main PageZach Stovall
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Batting away my picnic mates' sneaky hands, I hover over the baskets and shoot straight down, capturing the contents of the small leaf bowls. I was close. But I need that third basket to get my final shot... Return to Main PageZach Stovall
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The winning shot? A delicious Thai meal that lived up to my anticipation. Tech Specs Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF24-70 mm f/2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/350th second
ISO: 320
Aperture: Between f/2.8 and f/4 Return to Main Page
Zach Stovall