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Sunset

By dommi9877
Sunset

Tags: Landscape and travel Night and low light

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23 Jun 2010 4:37AM
LOVE IT!!!! Grin

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2010 5:10AM
Potentially a stunner but those wires are a distraction and should go.
devlin 6 652 39 India
23 Jun 2010 8:28AM
i like the modded version better...the wires were definitely a distraction...
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2010 10:06AM
A warm welcome to the site dommi9897 and thanks for your upload.

Sunsets are always very attractive subjects for pictures. But when you are shooting into the light of a sunset the elements in the foreground will always go into a silhouette. To make the shot interesting it is best to have something in the foreground which makes an attractive silhouette. General foliage and bushes are not so great because they come out as a mass of darkness and the viewer cannot see much.

It looks like there was a lake in the middle distance in your pic. I wonder if it would have offered you better opportunities for a more interesting shot? You might also have been able to avoid those wires going across your pic.

Hope you enjoy the site

Best wishes

Catherine
23 Jun 2010 11:20AM
I agree with most of the comments here about the composition.

On more thing - there is a very high amount of noise on this picture. I would reccomend manually over riding the ISO setting on your camera and setting it to ISO100-200 steadying your camera on something (tripod is best, fence post or windowsill will often do).

Finally, critiquers might be helped if you provide a bit more info about how you took the shot. Firstly, camera model might help. Also, if you open the 'properties' on the JPEG file you'll probably find info like ISO rate, shutter speed, program mode used etc attached to the file. Put that on the photo's description and it may lead to more suggestions.
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2010 1:54PM
hello
warm welcome to epz.

sunrises and sunsets are very attractive and make exceptionally good images with a bit of planning.

i hope im not being over harsh if i assume you are fairy new to serious photography and so i will offer any critique in good faith that you may pick up a few pointers which you can experiment with later.

first thing is dont be overwhelmed with the beauty of the sky, look around and find something to balance the composition out.

you have 2 options.

first is to make a sillouete from a strong but simple shape such as a tree and place that against the sky for contrast.

second, look for something reflective like water and make that a feature of the foreground.

if you go for a silouette, you can take the exposure from the sky because the colour tones will be equall across the scene.

if you go for a foreground you will need to use grad nd filters to even oout the balance of brighness between the bright sky and the darker foreground.

once you have chosen a viewpoint. you simply have to use a tripod and a medium iso such as 200 and select an aperature of between f8 to f16 which will give you a sufficient depth of sharpness in your image.

when you have framed up your picture check all around the frame for obstructions like the powerlines etc. then make sure the horizon is level.

with this one you needed to get the otheside of the power cables,and much nearer to the waters edge.

check out some on this site and members folios and you will get lots of tips simply by looking and reading the comments

hope this helps. look forward to more uploads

regards,
Phil

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