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Evening sunset

By Subhu
I was trying to capture the evening view. Any suggestions on how to make this photo better or on using the camera would be highly appreciated

Tags: Nature Forest Evening light Sunset sky Landscape and travel

Voters: Xandru, Edcat55, RLF and 10 more

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9 May 2021 7:36AM
If you want serious and helpful comment, don't post this in the General Gallery. You need to post this for the Critique Team to evaluate. Re-post it, clicking on "critique wanted" on the upload page.
saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
9 May 2021 8:14AM
Hi Subhu!
I have asked the members of the Critique Team to look at your photo so look out for their comments in a while.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
9 May 2021 10:21AM
Hello Subhu, Malc (saltireblue) has duly alerted us. Welcome to ePHOTOzine, it's a very friendly site and a good place to learn.

There are people who do this a lot, I hope that they will appear with specialist advice. I would ask two questions - did you use a tripod? And have you done any post-processing?

You have Plus membership, so it would help if you do the following: go to the little blue Options just below your image, click on it and then click on Edit Photo. Then open Options and tick the Modifications box. That will enable us to download the photo and demonstrate possible processing procedures. (If you tick for critique when uploading this will happen automatically. It will also disable votes and awards, but invite more in-depth comment).

Then, if you have processed this, tick on the blue Modifications button that will appear bottom left of your image, then on Upload a Modification, and add the original file there.

My first impression on looking at this is that the colour looks cold, and with a lot of magenta. The light on the clouds is beautiful. Another thought, it is not compulsory to use central placement, putting the sun off-centre can be much more atmospheric and inviting.

We can say and do a lot more when we have Modifications and the original file...
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
9 May 2021 10:33AM
Welcome from me, too.

300mm and 1/30 second, and it's pretty sharp. That's good, and suggests that you used a tripod, which is definitely the right thing to be doing.

The more we know about you, the more we can help...
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2223 United Kingdom
9 May 2021 3:50PM
Hello Subhranshu and welcome to EPZ.

You did well to have definition of the foreground here, whilst capturing the interesting sunset sky. The land area looks misty and has a recession, with the closer trees like silhouettes, which is attractive.

It's also good to see you give up about two thirds of your frame to the sky. Central placement of your horizon isn't the best, so you did well here. However, as has been said, central placement of the sun isn't always the best composition either, though I suspect you did that in order to include the whispy bits of red cloud above the sun.

I wonder if you took a lot of pictures whilst this sun was setting. It will have changed a lot as the sun dropped down, and even after it went behind the horizon, the sky would have had some nice features.

I think this image could have a lot more drama after a bit of post-processing, but that all depends upon what you want to present, and also if you feel this image is a good representation of the actual scene.

The great thing about sunsets is that there is no one ‘right’ exposure and that you can get stunning results using a variety of them. The key is to experiment. Take a variety of shots at different exposures.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
9 May 2021 5:58PM
Welcome from me too.

I like the subtle tones but the colour balance needs adjusting (which we can do and let you know what we've done if you enable mods). Auto does tend to a cooler result, so using Daylight as the setting will give you a good, and known, starting point. Auto can vary from shot to shot.

As for composition, a less central placement for the sun would work better, but there's also an effective portrait format image here.

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