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Sunset over field in Battisford Suffolk

By EmmanuelFaro
As I was driving along this small country lane, I had no choice to stop the car to snap the amazing cloud formation and warm colours of this sunset. I'm not a great fan of sunsets but in this case the combination of the colours and clouds in the sky urged me to snap away Smile

Tags: Landscape and travel Panasonic GX7

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
19 Apr 2017 2:57PM
Had to be shot even though theres no actual focal point.

I loaded two possible crop variations.


19 Apr 2017 3:22PM
Thanks Willie for your input. The 1st mod I like best. Grin
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2160 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2017 7:43PM
The clouds are sensational, Emmanuel.

The foreground holds little of interest except for the golden colour upon it, so you did right to fill most of your frame with the sky. However, in my modification I have cropped the darker lower area of that foreground.

The sun has to be the focal point because, apart from the distant tree, there is nothing to rest the eye upon.
As with all photos, sunsets need a point of interest and one of the best ways to add one to a picture is to try to incorporate some sort of silhouette into the shot. This needs searching around prior to shooting and prior to the sunset happening. This could not have been done for this one. But this is why most of the exceptional sunsets have been well prepared for.
Your composition will be more interesting and also appear more three-dimensional if you have interest at the front as well as the rear of the shot. Just something to consider for next time. The sky could be considered of sufficient interest, if that be your choice.

You have placed your sun centrally in the frame, but placing the sun to one side of the photograph helps the viewer focus on other areas of the picture and stops them thinking that the sun is the only important point of the photograph.
Ideally, placing the sun on a thirds line or intersection works well most of the time and, in my mod, I have cropped the left side in order to achieve this. And I ended up with a square format.
While you can always break the rule, it’s often a good idea to place elements like the horizon, sun, silhouettes, etc off centre.

Having the sun in your shot can make exposure difficult, but you have done well here, probably due to the fast shutter speed, and the sun remains slightly golden, without being burnt out.


dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
19 Apr 2017 8:53PM
Sunsets are attractive so I can see why you had to stop Emmanuel.

Pamela has covered it. While it's preferable to have a point of interest I can understand that when you come across something like this you don't always have the time to scout around or there may not be anything suitable (like a tree or silhouetted building) nearby. But i'd still take the shot.

On the other hand, the interest is in the cloud formation, as are many for example on the BBC Weather site, so there's no problem with that.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
19 Apr 2017 10:49PM
And me, too. Couldn't resist this - though after taking this shot, I'd be looking fro a tree as a focal point...

Willie's first mod is my favourite.
20 Apr 2017 8:09AM
Superb sky ! I would not have been able to resist it either despite the lack of foreground interest.
My vote goes to Willie's Mod2

20 Apr 2017 3:09PM
Many thanks to everyone at the critique team, your input is most valuable and appreciated.

It's fair to say that on this occasion, I was not able to tweak the shot as I would have normally done. The camera I had with me was not my first choice but the only one present, having said that I think it coped very well, considering the smaller m4/3rd sensor size and the difficult light pattern it had to compute Grin

Thank you to all,

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
20 Apr 2017 4:41PM
Ah, but you had a camera and you took a shot, and that counts for a lot.

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