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Magical Dusk

By khamael
Another magical sunset in Hawaii. This one in the south most point of USA, at the Big Island.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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27 Jul 2009 12:53AM
it makes me want to visit , wonderful image
somnathchatterjee 11 67 175 India
27 Jul 2009 8:18AM
it is a really beautiful place. if you have taken a horizontal view of this place, you just compare that image with this one, i can say obviously the horizontal view will be better.

you may have included the land at the bottom of the image for giving an idea of the distance, the formation and you have done well. but i think as the sky is interesting you could have used 2/3 of the frame for the sky and the remaining for the water with the inclusion of some kind of interest like boat, bird etc.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
27 Jul 2009 9:33AM
Hi Paulo, it is indeed a beautiful place, and a sunset always seems to enhance beautiful surroundings, doesn't it.

I agree with Somnath that you could have improved your composition. For some reason you seem to have wanted to include some land as foreground interest, although there isn't much to see there, but it looks like you exposed for the sky, not the land, making the foreground very dark. You could have solved this by using a grad filter, which would have held back light in the sky a bit and given the foreground more light. I solved this in the modified image by selecting part of the foreground and giving it a selective levels treatment in Photoshop. But you could have got this right in-camera with a grad filter. Or taken two shots, one exposed for the sky and one for the land, and combined them in imaging software.

About the land in the foreground - choosing to include it, and being at the height where you were when you shot this, you gave the image a big stretch of sea with nothing in it. Had there been something to see there, like a boat or something like that, it would have been fine, but now there is just a big area of empty water. And you've given the sky, which I presumed from your description was supposed to be your main subject, the smallest part of the image. You could have solved this by going down very low and pointing the lens a little more upwards. Going down very low would have meant that you could still have included some land, but it would have made that stretch of sea look a lot smaller, and you would have been able to make the sky a more prominent feature in the image.

Or, since the land you included isn't that exciting to look at anyway, you could have forgotten about the foreground and just shot sky and water, and since there is interest in the sky and none on the water, I would have suggested giving the sky 2/3 of your composition and the water 1/3.

Now, about this image, as I said I made a modified image in which I lightened the foreground, and I tried to make the sky and the light look better by playing with levels, contrast, colour saturation, highlights and shadows. I hope you like it!

Edit: It could probably have done with a little sharpening, but I forgot to include that in the mod.
malc_c 14 2 167 England
27 Jul 2009 10:50AM
Hi Paulo,

Sunsets - can't resist them can we? And why should we after all - they can carry the memories and emotions of the most wonderful moments of our lives.

Well I'm going to assume you are shooting for the sea here, after all, you've included more sea than sky and land combined, and I'm sure that was deliberate. My critique is therefore based on that assumption, and how I might approach post processing such a shot.

I applaud the inclusion of the land for scale and as a grounding for the picture, but would crop it back to a minimum, and do the same for the sky- after all, they seem to be causing confusion. That leaves the sea.

Now, the problem with the sea is getting that 'wet' look to it! And in my experience that requires working the textures of the swell and the waves with the dodge and burn tools to bring that out. In addition here you have the reflection of the setting sun to work with.

I have posted a mod that incorporates the above suggestions, and also levels the horizon and compensates for the barrel distortion to give a level horizon. For the swell and waves, I used both the burn and dodge tools at 4% intensity on the midtones with a soft edged brush set to about half the diameter of a swell (here some 50-60pixels). For the sunset reflections I used the dodge tool at 4% on the highlights, again with a soft brush but half the size of that above.

I won't pretend that the mod is anything more that another sunset to me, but I think you'll see it improves the feel of the sea and I hope it evokes memories of the day for you- if it does, job done!


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