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BUSHVELD SUNSET

By Coen
A TYPICAL SUNSET IN SOUTH AFRICA.
WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE FULL SILHOUTTE IN BLACK.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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pamelajean Plus
10 969 1846 United Kingdom
25 May 2013 7:53PM
The sky is very attractive, Coen, with the sun's rays coming from behind the cloud, and a slight hint of pink too.
When you say, "Would love to have the full silhouette in black", I am assuming that you don't want any of the foreground to be showing. In that case, I am surprised you used an ISO of 1600, which has brightened the ground. Also, if your Exif is correct, and you shot this at 4.31pm, I would suggest waiting until later, for a better silhouette, since the sun will be lower in the sky and the light on the ground will be less. Having said that, I don't find the foreground detail unattractive.
I think the tree is sufficiently well formed to provide an interesting silhouette against your sunset, but you don't need the part tree on the right side, it just acts as a distraction from the other one.
I see that you used a narrow aperture (high f/stop) so that the camera captured the whole scene in focus. A lot of people who use their automatic settings to shoot into the sun find that this throws their subject nicely into silhouette as the camera dials down the exposure to compensate for the bright background. If you meter the exposure for the background (the brightest part of the image) then you should be able to completely underexpose the foreground, or you could try using the ‘bracketing’ technique to get a variety of shots at slightly different exposures.
Instead of lighting the front of your subject, in silhouettes you need to ensure that there is more light shining from the background than the foreground of your shot. The perfect light for this is a sunset or sunrise. Here you have a cloud covering the sun, and perhaps your sky was not quite bright enough to get a full silhouette.
In my modification, I cropped, adjusted levels to enhance the colour and deepen the silhouette, but was still left with some detail at the bottom, though I don't find that unpleasant. In my second mod, I used a black paint brush to remove it.
Pamela.
PS: Sorry, uploaded the mods the wrong way round.

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