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Early morning hour.

By Pyrros
Drawing the bedroom curtains in a suburb of Oslo one morning, I could not resist looking for my camera and taking this somewhat unusual shot of a "burning sky".

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 4:38PM
It's a great sky, but only a snapshot. There is no creative input here, so not much to critique.


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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 9:33PM
Had you included a bit more silhouette of the houses and trees,
it would have made a lovely sunset image.
It is a lovely sky and I can understand your enthusiasm.
We all feel inspired by sunsets.
So take time next time and think about your composition
and I'm sure youll take lots of great images.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
22 Aug 2012 11:12PM
It could do with a little more in the foreground. Also, I'd have darkened the existing foreground to complete black to form a silhouette.
Nice sky though.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 11:27PM
It's a magnificent sky, Peter, and I am not surprised that you wanted to capture it.
This is a record shot of the sky, and one that you are probably personally happy with. However, if you should choose to capture a sky like this in an image with more general appeal, then you need to be prepared to spend a little time looking around for foreground silhouettes that will enhance it, are pleasing in shape and form, and which "ground" it in a way that is pleasing. Generally speaking, housetops do not have much appeal. I realise there is an urgency to capture the moment, the colours, and the drama unfolding, but it only takes a few minutes to position yourself in order to capture a more interesting foreground. I wonder, for instance, if there were more trees to the right, and fewer roofs.
The strong shapes formed by objects such as trees, statues, lamps and people can look great silhouetted against the sky at sunrise, but don't have too many objects too close together as they'll all merge into one indistinct shape. When shooting silhouettes, look for bold, unfussy subjects that have an instant recognisable shape because these work the best.
You were right to include something, rather than just shoot the sky.
Also, you were right not to include the sun within your frame.
Here is an EPZ article that you might like to read. It is about sunsets, but most of it also applies to sunrises.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
22 Aug 2012 11:33PM
It's just an idea but you've got quite a lot of sky there.

You could perhaps introduce a silhouette lifted from another image. you'd need to retain the same kind of perspective that you have with the existing house but it wouldn't be a big job to pull off.
Pyrros 6
23 Aug 2012 7:41AM
Many thanks for the many useful tips I received from all of you, which only goes to show that photography is not just "point and shoot"!Smile
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 8:41AM
A lovely sky one that we always say, keep it for later use in another picture.

Now keep on the lookout for something that you can silhouette and place against it, like Paul Broad has done on a recent upload.

That should be your picture.


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