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I thought I would try taking a shot from the plane seeing as it was a nice sunset , and also whether it would even turn out because of any vibration

Camera:Nikon Coolpix P510 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Mar 2013 - 10:17 AM
Focal Length:4.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto1
Title:Sunset leaving Hong Kong
Username:johnbryan6 johnbryan6
Uploaded:5 May 2013 - 6:29 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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hello John. Sunsets are tempting moments to photograph, especially when you are high on the sky!
I am looking your picture in a friend's screen which I believe gives me true colours, I can distinguish the 16 different shades of grey and white at the bottom of the page. I believe our eyes see the light differently than the camera and although for your eyes the colours were beautiful and tempting to photograph I see the camera has not done a great work replicating what you saw. Its settings seen in metadata, suggest you had given the camera the total control of how to deal with the scene. Aperture is too wide, the wing is described well, but I can't say clearly the cloud from land formations.
Does Auto1 white balance correspond to cloudy? (Normally cloudy autobalance produces warmer colours, which benefit teh warm orange colours seen in sunsets) Metering mode is correctly set in multisegment, but remember camera tries to give you a middle of the road exposure and "flatten" dark areas and bright ones to the middle of your histogram (it would be useful to check on camera the scene and see the histogram of the camera for this picture).

It would be not worth it to suggest you should go manual and measure lighting for the brighter points and set the camera's aperture to close more so you get clearer the distant areas. You are in an airplane flying and lighting changes in every second, and by every move pilots make. Aperture priority mode (or sunset scene if your camera has one) would give you a better result I think.

Framing-wise you have a bit of window included and it's a personal taste if you like it or not. I already know you are in an airplane so I would crop the big(-gish) chunk of airplane window, the drama is out there, not inside the cabin. I may had gone for an vertical 3:2 to get more of the darker sky above, stay focused on the strip of light direction and hope to avoid some of the airplane's window framing. The window had a bit of mark that appears on the upper side of the wing.

Summing up: there is potential on the picture, colours need tweaking, cropping from the right suggested. Hope this helps making the best out of it.


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