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Footprints @ sunset, Portnoo

Sunset at Portnoo, Co Donegal last week. Sun blew out (even with 2 x ND 4 + 1 x ND2 filters) - any ideas on how to correct next time? Suggestions to improve greatly appreciated because I actually really like the photo but know it could be better. Thanks alot for looking! Smile Kerry-A

Tags: Sunset Beach Donegal Landscape and travel Portnoo

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2011 6:52AM
wonderful light kerry anne brilliant colours love the fg detail a belter nice one Wink

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
19 Jul 2011 6:57AM
Great shot with wonderful light and stunnin tones,
wonkers 8 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2011 8:49AM
Great image.

Morning Kerry-Anne.
I love this photo. Nothing to correct in my eyes. Grin
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2011 10:23AM
Cracking shot great light and tones the horizon is a little off just needs straightening in P/S
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
19 Jul 2011 10:46AM
Lovely Kerry-Anne, you certainly get around Donegal! As for the sun, thee's no magic fix or this, it was just too strong to shoot directly into. Maybe a few minutes later the intensity would have lessened and narowed the dynamic range, then again it could hae disappeared behind a bank of cloud! Piling on the grads beyond this stage (if you had more) would only serve to make the sky darke than the sea or land, which nearly always looks false. So IMO it was one of those shots where the conditions just weren't perfect, and you made the best of it

An afterthought - you could have bracketed and taken a much darker shots well then and blended the best bits together.

I must remember to get out more, there's some lovely beaches around here Smile

Fisher2 10 1 Ireland
19 Jul 2011 1:55PM
Stephen is spot on , let the light drop to make it easier.
too many filters with strong sun leads to flare which ruins a shot.
all filters and lens need to be spotless to reduce flare.
Bracket and blend , or lee filters ???

much better Dof on this one .

mondmagu 8 75 Ireland
19 Jul 2011 1:59PM
This is a beauty Kerry-anne! Lovely foreground features,the sun flare adds to the photo IMO,great reflection in the sea and lovely golden sand.
The horizon needs to be straightened a little.You should turn on the lcd grid display on your 7D and take the shot in Live View,then the horizon will be straight in camera.This is a really lovely shot,well done.
I was in Portnoo about 7 years ago, due another visit.Spectacular part of Ireland.


P.S.: How do you find the 15-85 lens? I am trying to decide between the 15-85 and the 17-55. Decisions-decisions!!!
sawsengee Plus
11 6 15 Malaysia
19 Jul 2011 7:08PM
lovely shot with wonderful low horizon lights, colours & visual mood
ANNIEKERR 7 6 Ireland
20 Jul 2011 8:05AM
Thanks everyone for your very helpful comments - I really appreciate it. Portnoo is in my opinion of the nicest beaches in Donegal - but them I'm going there 30-something yrs since a kid so probably a bit biased too Smile Thanks alot for taking the time to comment tho. Kerry-A
youngwooly 10 1 England
15 Aug 2011 2:00AM
Cracking shot kerry anne, and as for blown out, you got some great detail in the sand and the light on the rocks is lovely. In the end you have taken a lovely sunset and that's probably how you remember it. Nice one

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
14 Nov 2011 6:31AM
this is my type of shot, lovely light, deserves the extra vote i think.Smile

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