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Sunset trough the trees

By Yebach
Took a morning ride to do some sunrise pics on lake Cerkinca - the lake only exists from late autumn till early spring.

took a 12mm samyang lens f 11 iso 200 and 1/200 shutter

some very basic LR correction - crop and some contrast, lifted shadows a bit

Let ne know what you think... especially on composition. I will upload some more in the next days...

Tags: Sunrise Lake Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2021 9:29AM
A very attractive scene, the light and reflection on the water add a lot, and there's a sense of mystery; but a difficult subject for exposure, because of the massive contrast in light and darkness. First thought - I would want to wait until the sun went down below the horizon, leaving just the warm afterglow in the sky. That might have avoided the areas of flare creeping in, of which the green patch on the left is the most obvious.

Composition - this offers wonderful possibilities to use the dark trunks as framing. That would increase the sense of a private place. I've uploaded a very quick modification (I have to go out soon), to illustrate. I added a bit more dark framing at the sides to boost the effect. I also lightened very slightly.

chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
31 Mar 2021 12:54PM
A very pretty scene but photographing straight into very bright sunlight is perhaps not the best way forward and can introduce a few artefacts in your image such as the green sunspot on the left and some chromic aberration (green and magenta) on the dark branches and twigs.
I agree with Moira, waiting for that bright but very beautiful sunshine to reduce and a crop from the left and perhaps a wee bit from the bottom would give you a better composition, which I have done in my modification.
I removed the green/magenta from around the darker twigs and branches simply with a hue/saturation layer.
Lightened the bottom half very slightly and reduced the highlights using the camera raw filter in Photoshop.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
31 Mar 2021 1:59PM
You're going to have deep shadows because of the brightness range, but that's part of the attractiveness of scenes like this.
There looks to be numerous compositions in this scene, so try as many as you can think of while the light lasts. One thing youcan try is position the sun behind one of those trunks which will have the added benefit of reducing or avoiding flare spots.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2021 6:35PM
I like the idea of having the sun behind the trees, turning them into silhouettes, but for a more dramatic sunset sky without the glare, I agree with previous comments about letting it go behind the mountains or composing with a tree trunk in front of it.

I have done 2 modifications with a suggested different crop, composing with the sun on a thirds line on the vertical and also the water's edge on a thirds line on the horizontal (see Rule Of Thirds). This crop removes the far right tree, and has the other right-hand one going into the bottom right corner. It crops the left side, where there is little of interest, and brings the left-hand tree tighter into the frame. It also removes a lot of the water from the bottom, where there is little of interest, and no branches either.

The second modification is the same except that I made it warmer.

Yebach 5 Slovenia
1 Apr 2021 8:04AM
How can I overcome the problem of the sun "overburning" the shot? using higher F (15+) maybe?
I liked the idea of cropping to smaller image between trees to get that private look. I will upload my modification.
There is a new picture from yesterdays' set here:

Thank you for the critiques
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2021 4:15PM

Quote:How can I overcome the problem of the sun "overburning" the shot?

You have been given 2 suggestions:
1. Wait for the sun to go down. The best time to shoot sunsets is not when the sun is still in the picture, but rather when it's just set and the sky turns into a beautiful rainbow of colours.
2. Hide it with a tree trunk. Either move to get that or wait for the sun to go behind the tree, to avoid bright glare.

Alternatively, shoot to either side of the sun. You will still get the brightness and the colours, but the sun itself will not be inside your frame.

Also, you might be lucky enough to have some clouds in the sky, and these will be useful, too. Wait for a cloud to move across the sun, even partially, for a better exposure. More often than not you will be rewarded with very visible sun rays coming from the cloud.

Another option is using a Graduated ND filter. This filter makes the dynamic range more manageable for your camera. It will also help balance the brighter sky with the darker land.

The great thing about sunsets and sunrises is that there is no one 'right' exposure and that you can get stunning results using a variety of them. The key is to experiment. Take a variety of shots at different exposures. Then select the best one. Exposure can be a problem with sunsets, so make sure you check your images on the LCD as soon as you've taken them.

Try underexposing. You can use Aperure Priority and some negative exposure compensation. Again, use the exposure compensation until it looks right.
When you photograph a scene as the sun is setting, your camera will meter the scene and crank up the exposure to create an image that is brighter than it should be. In order to keep one step ahead of your camera, review each photo immediately after you take it. If necessary, use exposure compensation to decrease the exposure. Try -1, check, then readjust as necessary. You are likely to need more.

Set your ISO to its lowest setting. The sky at sunset is still bright enough that you can get away with doing this.

I hope that's of some help.


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