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River Shannon shoreline, looking down river against setting sun

By cjlar
Taken without filter, I wonder what could I use against a very bright evening sun just off the top right

Tags: Landscape and travel Land and seascape

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
6 May 2013 10:38PM
To answer your question.

Was there any detail in the sky to capture? If so a grad filter angled diagonally across the frame to compensate for the sky may have helped in pulling some detail into a single exposure. The alternative is to take at least two exposures of the scene; one for the foreground exposure and one for the sky. These can then be combined in editing to create a single image with the full dynamic range you possibly saw with your eyes. Sadly a camera sensor cannot see the extremes in tonal range our brains compensate for. Needs a tripod to ensure the two imagess are synced.

If there wasn't any real sky detail to speak of your alternative would be to drop a separate sky image in during editing. In this case you would need to consider the sky image to ensure it suited and matched the landscape ie direction of light.

I hope that helps.

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cjlar 5 19 Ireland
7 May 2013 1:02AM
Thanks Coast,
No detail, full whiteout, the sun was just outside the frame. I had cupped my hand top right of the hood to reduce the burnout.
Would a polarising filter ( I have one ) help?

Thanks very much,
Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 7:37AM
Sounds like you needs lens hood to help reduce the risk of flare. It's good practise to use a lens hood generally to help maximise contrast and reduce even the mildest flare that can occur - sometimes so subtle that it prevails only in lost contrast in the image. A hood also helps protect the front element from knocks too.

A polariser filter would not have helped here from what you tell me. It would have increased the exposure time as they lose a stop of light generally.

Sometimes (more than most) you have to accept that the light, the weather, the time of day is just not the best for the scene in front of you. That's why the great landscape photographers amongst us spend days and sometimes longer waiting for the right light and conditions. Photography is all about painting with light and interpreting what you see before you. If its not right then it's unlikely that any filters or post capture editing will turn an image from bland to glorious.

As I said in my previous post you could drop a sky in during editing but nothing doing at the time of capture if as you say the sky was a whiteout even to the human eye.

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 7:42AM
You are not going to do much with that lighting I fear. Shooting in better lighting is the only real answer. You do need a better focal point and subject, though, to produce an image with some general interest. This is mostly foliage which could be anywhere.


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