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Autumn Sunset over Poole Bay

By barefootwill
A golden sunset over Poole Bay with the sun reflecting in the sand.

Taken with 3 different exposures, one correctly exposed, one 1-stop under and one 1-stop over and combined into a mild HDR.

Shot on a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon 28-80mm Lens.
Captured, 17th October, 2011.

Tags: Sunset Red Beach Sands Poole Landscape and travel

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RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
21 Oct 2011 6:50PM
A beautiful end to the day, the light and colours so well captured in this most attractive composition, Will.

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SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
21 Oct 2011 6:52PM
This is a gorgeous scene, but I suspect the darkness may have led to your camera meter overexposing a little bit and losing a bit of the 'punch'. In my mod, I have moved the histogram in a little at the dark end and moved the mid point to make it darker, too. I also put on a curve to increase the contrast further.
Jestertheclown 8 7.5k 251 England
21 Oct 2011 9:06PM
Did you use a tripod for this? I ask because none of it's particularly sharp.
I would have thought that one, properly exposed shot would have worked here, rather than merging three, which could account for some of the lack of sharpness.
I also think that the exposure's not right but you haven't uploaded any EXIF so we can't offer any suggestions as to what's wrong with it.
I think Sue's mod is good but I'd also crop some of the foreground and straighten the horizon.
Sorry if this all sounds a bit negative.
Just trying to help.

paulbroad 10 123 1168 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2011 7:51AM
I thought it was HDR, although quite well controlled - that's why it lacks punch though. The problem is that it is very un-sharp by the standards of a 7D and EOS lens. You must use a tripod for HDR if you didn't.

22 Oct 2011 9:00AM
It was using a tripod and shutter-release cable to minimise movement. Some of the lack of sharpness will have come from it being HDR'd - was more an experiment than anything, trying to keep the sun bright without some of the background being completely cast into black shadow.

I will say the lens isn't the best, a 2nd-hand Canon EF 28-80mm f/4.5-5.6, I believe MkII which I have been using since my Canon 17-85 IS USM Lens got damaged when we had all the snow last winter. I'm looking at replacing that (or repairing the 17-85) when I can afford to Smile

SueEley - Really like how your mod has a very strong contrast between the sunlight and the shadows, I think the original under-exposed shot of the 3 I've used was quite similar in fact - may upload that separately.

All comments & suggestions greatly appreciated,
Will Smile
22 Oct 2011 9:07AM

Quote:I also think that the exposure's not right but you haven't uploaded any EXIF so we can't offer any suggestions as to what's wrong with it.


I've added as much EXIF Data as I could find within Adobe Lightroom without having the actual photos handy - there all on external drives - Will.
SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
22 Oct 2011 6:57PM
Should read more carefully - didn't read the hdr bit. Sad Silly me

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