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At the going down of the sun

By LouiseTopp  
Took this from Fistral beach, dunno if it works or not.

Tags: Cornwall Uk England Digitally manipulated Britain Newquay South west Fistral Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
6 Jun 2014 11:49AM
Yes, and no is the answer.

Great light, good exposure, and reasonably sharp. All good.

Slight (half a degree) tilt to the horizon, and rather central composition, less so.

Moving to one side or other would have allowed you to put the sun on a third, and keep those interesting rocks in the foreground, plus the cloud on the right. I've doen a crop that makes use of vertical thirds for the rocks and horizon, but I can't crop to put the sun in the sort of place I'd like it without spoiling other parts of the composition...
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 10:22PM
This and your last sunset were taken some while back, Louise, and so you are not giving us any indication as to whether or not you are working on the advice that you have been given for photographing sunsets.
Perhaps you chose to show this one because the sun is much lower in the sky and doesn't show glare like in your previous one. The light is a lot more subtle and your silhouetted rocks are strong.

A few pointers:-

1. At the time of shooting, decide whether you want to feature the sky or the shore, then use the Rule Of Thirds to place your horizon on a thirds line. If the sky is more interesting, for instance, give it two thirds of the frame, placing your horizon one third up from the bottom.

2. The sun in the centre of the frame isn't as aesthetically pleasing as when it is offset in the frame. By using the ROT again, you can position it one third across the frame, either on the right or left side.

3. If your horizon isn't straight, then straighten it in your editing software, either by rotating the image or using the Straighten Tool, placing your line along the horizon.

4. The rocks are good, but take time to look around your location, preferably prior to the sunset happening, and find something strong and with an interesting form that you can include in your foreground, which will become a silhouette.

5. Use a smaller aperture for more overall sharpness.

6. Set your white balance to shade or cloudy to get stronger sunset colours.

Pamela.
LouiseTopp 11 634 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 5:26PM
Thanks very much Pamela. I hope to retake this shot if it happens Smile

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