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Stalham Sunrise

By damienvc    
This is a shot at sunrise in Stalham, Norfolk. I'd appreciate any comments - it looks a bit on the dark side to me but if I lighten it up it loses a lot of the impact.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Niknut Plus
8 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 7:38PM
I wouldn't change a single pixel !'s a corker....I love the simple arrangement, with a great 'atmosphere' & notch !

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3850 Canada
24 May 2011 7:56PM
Welcome to EPZ Damien.

This is quite a nice shot. Im not entirely sure about your comment about it appearing too dark, as it looks quite good as it is. Its has appeared dark as you have included some strong direct Sun in the shot, which will make the camera expose appropriately for the bright light, giving a silhouette effect that many photographers deliberately try to achieve, - looks like youve stumbled on this holy grail accidentally! Lightening it, as youve seen, will certainly ruin the impact of the original.

I have loaded 2 mods, - 1 is a little lighter, 2 is a little darker. What both have in common is that they have been sharpened, which makes the tree stand out more, and Ive cropped to place the tree more to the left, and added some dark canvas space at the bottom to make a 10 X 8 format that may look better.

Hope this is helpful,


damienvc 6 28 2 Belgium
24 May 2011 8:20PM
Thank you both for your comments.

@niknut - your comments made me feel better about getting up for a half 5 shoot!

@banehawi - your crop makes perfect sense and tidies it up nicely by excluding the bush on the left hand side, something which I hadn't seen, so thanks.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 10:19PM
lovely conditions to be out with,
nice set of elements to bring together the composition which works well with the misty line of trees.

always going to be a tough exposure, filters or not and i guess not here.
the sun in frame is always either going to expose for the fg and blow the sunball or expose for the sunball and block the fg detail. about 5 stops of nd grad may havbe helped a little. for this reason i seldom include the sun in frame.

so just for a laugh, i cloned out the sun, pulled in the histo to brighten the whole thing up and cropped the left a little.

hope you like it

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