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Heaven shone through

By gapcrazy97
This is in Scotland at about 6pm. It was a shot that didn't turn out like I wanted but ended up being a great photo in itself

Tags: Sun set Landscape and travel

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 5:22PM
You are making your own critique. The image is very over exposed with lots of flare and colour fringing. For me, it doesn't work I fear, and only a great deal less exposure could improve it. But then, what is the subject?

KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
11 Jan 2013 6:19PM
Hi Hollie, great to see you uploading again! Smile

I think you were trying to capture a beautiful sunset, but because the sun is quite high all you've captured is the sun's flare. Had you waited just a little longer the sun would have been weaker, but then again the clouds may have come in and completely covered it - I think we take shots when we feel it's the best time..............sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't! Smile

We must be very careful when aiming our cameras towards the sun at any time, you can not only damage the camera, but also your eyes! Smile

Because you've clicked the 'Critique' button we are not allowed to vote for this image, but you will receive honest opinions (if a little on the blunt side sometimes). Smile

I'm really looking forward to seeing more from you! Grin
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 7:55PM

Quote:It was a shot that didn't turn out like I wanted but ended up being a great photo in itself

If you like it, Hollie, that's the important thing.
However, you have entered this into the Critique Gallery, where you will find that people may present you with alternative ways of taking such a photo, and will also express whether they like it or not.
Excessive flare like this is not ideal. The flare caused by your camera obscures the sunset scene that you were seeing at the time, and so is not a true record of what you intended to capture. No doubt you were surprised at the result, and you even say that you like it.
So, we return to your desire, your intention, and what you hoped to capture.
If the sun were lower or behind a cloud, you could have avoided that flare. Also, for future reference, try offsetting your sun in the frame, so that it isn't so central. Also, try to avoid intrusions into your frame, like the aerial on the left side, although that could easily be cropped away. Wires in the sky, like the one on the right, are often unavoidable, but can be cloned out. Whenever possible, in a sunset scene, try to find something that will serve as a focal point, such as a large tree, tall building or the like, and this will inevitably become a silhouette against the bright sunset sky.

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