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Donegal Sunset

By Bajob3
This was one of a few sunset shots that I took from a new viewing platform on the North Coast in Northern Ireland. I loved the banding on the sun. Any feedback would be appreciated. I shot at a high ISO as I was hand holding the 150-600 at 600.

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alfpics Plus
19 378 4 England
23 Sep 2021 11:16AM
Not sure why this hasn't attracted any comments until now; I would be veryu pleased to take a shot like this! The forground rocks help and the pano crop work really well IMO!
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
23 Sep 2021 2:11PM
Its quite a nice shot overall.

It was shot at 350mm rather than 600mm, and the sun is exposed well. The oval shape is well captured.Noise is not a big issue.

Its seems natural to crop wide, but just for something different, perhaps a tall image can also work; Ive tried a square crop in the mod for comparison.It does require extending the top of the frame.

I also made the image a bit warmer, perhaps suiting the sun a bit better. Contrast is selectively increased.

Donegal is in the Republic of Ireland.


Regards


Willie
23 Sep 2021 4:27PM

Quote:Its quite a nice shot overall.

It was shot at 350mm rather than 600mm, and the sun is exposed well. The oval shape is well captured.Noise is not a big issue.

Its seems natural to crop wide, but just for something different, perhaps a tall image can also work; Ive tried a square crop in the mod for comparison.It does require extending the top of the frame.

I also made the image a bit warmer, perhaps suiting the sun a bit better. Contrast is selectively increased.

Donegal is in the Republic of Ireland.


Regards


Willie



Hi Willie,

Many thanks for the feedback and suggestions. I was shooting a few shots at different focal lengths so was shooting at anything up to 600mm, apologies should have checked the focal length for this one. Yip Donegal is in the Republic of Ireland but the viewing point in on a headland in Northern Ireland so it is possible to see the tip of Donegal
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2021 5:07PM
Sorry I'm a bit late here. I like this a lot, it has an almost abstract simplicity.

I am seeing a fair amount of noise; and it looks to me as though it needs a small anti-clockwise rotation, though that may be an optical illusion caused by the mist.

Composition-wise, the not-quite-central position for the sun looks unsatisfying. The main interest is centre / right.

I've uploaded a quick mod, worked from your original - thanks for adding that, I wish more people did so! I lightened a bit and rotated, then a 19 x 9 crop, aimed at placing the sun off-centre to balance the black rock better.

As an experiment I tried a minus setting on the Structure slider in Camera Raw, it has reduced noise a bit and given a dreamy look to the water. Not something that I would do very often, but I quite like the result.
Moira
23 Sep 2021 5:22PM
Thank you for the mod and feedback. No matter what I do I can never seem to get horizons straight. I put a later version through topaz de noise and it cured the noise quite easily. It was my first outing to the viewing point and I went back a couple of nights later but the sunset was nice but not as colourful.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2021 7:00PM
Hello again, Trevor.

I enjoy the simplicity of this image, as well as the lines across the sun and the silhouetted rocks, all very strong and well captured.

Yes, the horizon needs a slight straightening.
Placing your sun in the centre of the frame isn't the best position. Centering a subject provides an average view of a scene and robs the image of uniqueness. It can feel dull, static and less interesting. This won't apply to all subjects, in particular symmetrical ones, but is a good compositional guideline to follow. Your composition doesn't have to fall into line with the Rule Of Thirds, but simply offsetting the sun in the frame will prove more inviting to your viewer. An off-centre subject is more pleasing and dynamic.

I have done 2 modifications, just suggested compositions really. See what you think.
In both, I firstly straightened the horizon.
The first is a square crop, though not quite like Willie's. I cropped tightly on your two subjects, placing the sun on a thirds intersection.
My second still has the sun on a thirds intersection, but is landscape format. I added a bit more canvas to the right side and finished off the rock shape. With a little bit missing like this, it looks like a mistake, as if you didn't take much notice of the rocks, concentrating on the sun.
At the time of shooting you only needed to move your camera more to the right, to finish the rocks and to position the sun more to the left of the frame. Voila!

Pamela.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
23 Sep 2021 10:35PM
I wouldn't worry too much about noise - it can give a pointillist look.

Straightening the horizon isn't a long job in editing software, though it may take a little trial and error.

And the missing bit of rock was really getting to me - Pamela's mod sorts it. In camera, it pays to look for this sort of thing, and possibly play the rock on one third against the sun on an opposite one.
23 Sep 2021 10:55PM
Thank you again for the mods and the feedback. I see what you mean about the rocks. Being finished makes a big difference and having the sun on the thirds also makes a big difference.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2021 10:55AM
Thanks for coming back to the conversation regularly, it makes all the difference.

My crop is 16 x 9 by the way, not 19 x 9 - my typing leaves an awful lot to be desired... Blush

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