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Drawing the bedroom curtains in a suburb of Oslo one morning, I could not resist looking for my camera and taking this somewhat unusual shot of a "burning sky".

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:15.0 - 85.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 23.6 - 133.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Oct 2011 - 7:24 AM
Focal Length:85mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Early morning hour.
Username:Pyrros Pyrros
Uploaded:22 Aug 2012 - 4:25 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41174 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2012 - 4:38 PM

It's a great sky, but only a snapshot. There is no creative input here, so not much to critique.

Nick

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2012 - 9:33 PM

Had you included a bit more silhouette of the houses and trees,
it would have made a lovely sunset image.
It is a lovely sky and I can understand your enthusiasm.
We all feel inspired by sunsets.
So take time next time and think about your composition
and I'm sure youll take lots of great images.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Jestertheclown
22 Aug 2012 - 11:12 PM

It could do with a little more in the foreground. Also, I'd have darkened the existing foreground to complete black to form a silhouette.
Nice sky though.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2012 - 11:27 PM

It's a magnificent sky, Peter, and I am not surprised that you wanted to capture it.
This is a record shot of the sky, and one that you are probably personally happy with. However, if you should choose to capture a sky like this in an image with more general appeal, then you need to be prepared to spend a little time looking around for foreground silhouettes that will enhance it, are pleasing in shape and form, and which "ground" it in a way that is pleasing. Generally speaking, housetops do not have much appeal. I realise there is an urgency to capture the moment, the colours, and the drama unfolding, but it only takes a few minutes to position yourself in order to capture a more interesting foreground. I wonder, for instance, if there were more trees to the right, and fewer roofs.
The strong shapes formed by objects such as trees, statues, lamps and people can look great silhouetted against the sky at sunrise, but don't have too many objects too close together as they'll all merge into one indistinct shape. When shooting silhouettes, look for bold, unfussy subjects that have an instant recognisable shape because these work the best.
You were right to include something, rather than just shoot the sky.
Also, you were right not to include the sun within your frame.
Here is an EPZ article that you might like to read. It is about sunsets, but most of it also applies to sunrises.
Pamela.

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Jestertheclown
22 Aug 2012 - 11:33 PM

It's just an idea but you've got quite a lot of sky there.

You could perhaps introduce a silhouette lifted from another image. you'd need to retain the same kind of perspective that you have with the existing house but it wouldn't be a big job to pull off.

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Pyrros
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23 Aug 2012 - 7:41 AM

Many thanks for the many useful tips I received from all of you, which only goes to show that photography is not just "point and shoot"!Smile

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 8:41 AM

A lovely sky one that we always say, keep it for later use in another picture.

Now keep on the lookout for something that you can silhouette and place against it, like Paul Broad has done on a recent upload.

That should be your picture.

Frank

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