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A beautiful sunset!

By Valentin33
A beautiful sunset in Morecambe UK

Tags: Sunset Sun Landscape and travel

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
19 Feb 2021 8:08PM
Hi Valentin and welcome to ePz and the Critique Gallery.

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
19 Feb 2021 9:33PM
As Chase says - welcome!

And we can only help you if you help us: if you didn't intend to post for critique, please tell us - otherwise, can we have the information we need to give you proper feedback.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

gpimages Plus
10 65 2 England
20 Feb 2021 9:42AM
Valentine hi. We met on the stone jetty the other night! I'm glad you have had a look at the site - I am sure you will enjoy it once you get going. Feel free to message me if I can help you with using the site.

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2021 11:18AM
A warm welcome from me. I'm glad to see that Graham introduced you to the site - its nice when there are personal connections. As mentioned above, it would help if you tell us how you feel about this, if you have any questions. But you have displayed the camera settings data - that's a big plus!

There are two aspects here that interest me. The settings - did you use a tripod? If not you have steady hands, 1/60 is adventurously slow for around 216mm full frame equivalent... I think the image may have had some processing? There's more noise in the sky than I would expect at ISO 100. It can take a wee bit more exposure, I added half a stop, without losing the streaks of cloud across the sun - they are important.

And then composition / placement. This is a formal view, with a good level sea horizon and the symmetry only broken by that cloud. Landscape format leads the eye to explore horizontally, left to right. There are other alternatives...

By ticking for critique you allow other members to download the image and modify it. I have uploaded three alternative crops, for different effects. You will find them under the blue Modifications button below your upload, click on the numbers to view. They are simply presented as alternative approaches, I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.

20 Feb 2021 11:32AM
HEY! yes i was use it a tripod. and a nd filter 10 stops
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2021 11:34AM
Thanks, that adds a lot of information! It's really helpful to include stuff like that - tell us as much as you can about a picture.
20 Feb 2021 11:38AM
thank you! i am a begginer and i start to learn! i just buy my camera in december and i am still to learning.. i eas use it lightroom for processing this photo
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
20 Feb 2021 1:03PM
Great to hear from you Valentine, this is a really good place to learn all sorts of things.

Now we have a little more information from you it is so much easier for us to help.

The lovely warm sun is a bit central here but I do rather like Moiras' portrait crop.
There is a little noise creeping in, especially in the sky where the ND filter has taken effect.
I will try a modification and see what happens.

In my mod, I cropped quite a bit from the left and a little from the top to put the sun onto the left third of the frame.
Removed a small dark dot, probably a bird in the sky.
Just lightened a very small amount and added a frame to contain your image.

I did put 3 birds in the sky but that is just a personal thing, nothing to do with critiquing your image. I thought they added a little more interest in the sky that's all.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
20 Feb 2021 5:34PM
I'm intrigued by the 10-stop filter, Valentin. Usually, you would use it to allow a very long exposure time, getting the water and clouds in the sky smooth, because they have moved during the exposure. For a simple sunset, you can use a much higher shutter speed and possibly even handhold the camera, without a tripod.

You used manual exposure - I wonder why you did that? Where did you take the exposure reading?If you took the reading with the camera pointing at the sun exactly as it was for the picture, you might as well have used an automatic mode. You are trying to cover a massive dynamic range (difference between bright and dark areas), and I suspect this means that everything but the sun is rather underexposed - that leads to quite a lot of noise if you pull the shadows up in processing.

This is starting to get interesting...

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