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Sunrise Early Morning

By Sone  
A little underexposed in certain areas, and can be cropped in a panoramic, but was still a very nice and exciting photo to take. Fun learning course excercise ...

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 7:48PM
An interesting exercise in trying out sunsets and silhouettes and practise makes perfect.

You clearly recognise that too much of the scene is underexposed and that amount of blackness won't work for most people viewing the image.

The interest here's in the sky and the tree line silhouette so to make anything from this I would go with your own suggestion to crop in a letterbox or panoramic format losing the bulk of the dense black foreground. You have placed the sky and tree line on the top third which would normally give balance however due to the amount of dark foreground in the lower 2/3rds it doesn't stand up as it is in my opinion.

Try the crop to make a stronger image and keep practising.

The setting sun and flare has been quite well controlled however looking at your exif detail I would ask you to consider your ISO settings and subsequent need for an f32 aperture and 1/3200s shutter speed.

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Sone 5 2 South Africa
24 Apr 2013 7:57PM
It is amazing what you can pick up or remember from something someone said. I joined a random photographic club that meets every first saturday of the month. I went on the day that Andrew Beck, wildlife photographer, was giving us advice on certain wildlife shots. He showed us a picture of a perfect scene: Water flowing from left to right, with a tree on the left, sun coming through the branches, which also reflected on the water. He said the wider your aperture the more you will get the starry effect on the sun. I instantly wanted to try this in the course excercise. I am so glad I did. It is beautifil, and I wil play with ISO and Aperture a bit more. The sun rose so quickly we had to play fast. Best way of learning! Hear it? Read it? Try it !!!!

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 8:17PM
As I said practise makes perfect and experimenting with ideas and combinations of exposure will help you improve not only your technical skills and understanding but also hone your creative eye. Keep posting and absorb as much imagery as you can.

For a starburst effect without a filter to create the effect, you need a narrow aperture as you have chosen here such as f32, however a longer exposure time. By reducing your ISO to say 100 this would have allowed a longer shutter speed that may have given you a more defined star on the shafts of light emanating from the sunburst. The effect also is governed by the number of aperture blades in the lens which is a fixed element you cannot change other than by selection of lens. It is subtle but a lens with less aperture blades that creates a more hexagonal aperture will generally star the light rays more than one with a higher number of aperture blades that creates more of a circle at the smaller apertures.

Less expensive lenses tend to have less aperture blades and as a result in bright direct light sources will emphasise flare more so than a lens that has a higher number of aperture blades.

I hope that makes sense.
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
25 Apr 2013 7:37AM
As Coast was writing I was playing with the image to bring out a little more detail. The biggest problem shooting straight into the sun as you will have found is the camera is not happy. If I was to try this shot I would be taking at least 2 images for post processing - 1 for the sky and a second for the tree line to get a nice silhouette with just a hint of detail. Once you have these shots (always shoot in raw) process for each subject ie sky, trees and then use layers and masks to blend the 2 together.

In my mod I've attempted to try this by duel processing your image and blending but the noise is very obvious and this is likely to be from your 1600 ISO.I

Its a hard subject to capture so keep trying this was a good attempt Smile. I'll try another mod to see if I can get a better silhouette.

Erik Smile

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