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Sunset at Portnoo, Co Donegal last week. Sun blew out (even with 2 x ND 4 + 1 x ND2 filters) - any ideas on how to correct next time? Suggestions to improve greatly appreciated because I actually really like the photo but know it could be better. Thanks alot for looking! Smile Kerry-A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Footprints @ sunset, Portnoo
Username:ANNIEKERR ANNIEKERR
Uploaded:19 Jul 2011 - 6:48 AM
Tags:Beach, Donegal, Landscape / travel, Portnoo, Sunset
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 6:52 AM

wonderful light kerry anne brilliant colours love the fg detail a belter nice one Wink
andy

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 6:57 AM

Great shot with wonderful light and stunnin tones,
saeid

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wonkers
wonkers  5 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2011 - 8:49 AM

Great image.

Jill

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louisemorrisonsty

Morning Kerry-Anne.
I love this photo. Nothing to correct in my eyes. Grin
Lou

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2011 - 10:23 AM

Cracking shot great light and tones the horizon is a little off just needs straightening in P/S
Harry

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 10:46 AM

Lovely Kerry-Anne, you certainly get around Donegal! As for the sun, thee's no magic fix or this, it was just too strong to shoot directly into. Maybe a few minutes later the intensity would have lessened and narowed the dynamic range, then again it could hae disappeared behind a bank of cloud! Piling on the grads beyond this stage (if you had more) would only serve to make the sky darke than the sea or land, which nearly always looks false. So IMO it was one of those shots where the conditions just weren't perfect, and you made the best of it

An afterthought - you could have bracketed and taken a much darker shots well then and blended the best bits together.

I must remember to get out more, there's some lovely beaches around here Smile

Stephen

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Fisher2
Fisher2  6 Ireland
19 Jul 2011 - 1:55 PM

Kerrianne,
Stephen is spot on , let the light drop to make it easier.
too many filters with strong sun leads to flare which ruins a shot.
all filters and lens need to be spotless to reduce flare.
Bracket and blend , or lee filters ???

much better Dof on this one .

dessy

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mondmagu
mondmagu  474 forum posts Ireland
19 Jul 2011 - 1:59 PM

This is a beauty Kerry-anne! Lovely foreground features,the sun flare adds to the photo IMO,great reflection in the sea and lovely golden sand.
The horizon needs to be straightened a little.You should turn on the lcd grid display on your 7D and take the shot in Live View,then the horizon will be straight in camera.This is a really lovely shot,well done.
I was in Portnoo about 7 years ago, due another visit.Spectacular part of Ireland.

Des

P.S.: How do you find the 15-85 lens? I am trying to decide between the 15-85 and the 17-55. Decisions-decisions!!!

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sawsengee  84 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 7:08 PM

lovely shot with wonderful low horizon lights, colours & visual mood

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ANNIEKERR
ANNIEKERR  3 Ireland
20 Jul 2011 - 8:05 AM

Thanks everyone for your very helpful comments - I really appreciate it. Portnoo is in my opinion of the nicest beaches in Donegal - but them I'm going there 30-something yrs since a kid so probably a bit biased too Smile Thanks alot for taking the time to comment tho. Kerry-A

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youngwooly
15 Aug 2011 - 2:00 AM

Cracking shot kerry anne, and as for blown out, you got some great detail in the sand and the light on the rocks is lovely. In the end you have taken a lovely sunset and that's probably how you remember it. Nice one

Mark

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2011 - 6:31 AM

this is my type of shot, lovely light, deserves the extra vote i think.Smile
ant.

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