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By paulbroad
From a recent visit to Bridlington. Exposed for the sun to give a silhouette but a lot of glare and work with both burning and dodge tool that I'm not sure of. Two main choices, I think. Include the sun, or leave it out. If you place an edge on your screen to remove the top part - is that a rather better image?

EOS 40D with 18/250 Sigma OS. About 1/2000 @ f11. ISO100.


Tags: Beach Sun Silhouette People Landscape and travel

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
1 Feb 2012 9:31AM
A nice feeling with this Paul. I have uploaded a mod for you to cast your eye over. It's a good capture Paul, well done. Smile


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scrimmy Plus
9 389 5 Scotland
1 Feb 2012 12:13PM
Hi Paul, I have a liking for panoramic's and letterbox type crops, so for me I would leave the sun out. Personally I find my eye flitting between the sun and the figures and never being to sure which to settle on. At the end of the day this is your image and your choice, a great image which ever way you decide to go with.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2012 12:31PM
very attractive image

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
1 Feb 2012 2:17PM
I would leave the sun out of this one - it definitely pulls the eye. Letterbox format would work well.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
1 Feb 2012 5:17PM
Its a very nice shot. Composition is good.

One option that can sometimes work, is to simply select some of the existing cloud, and place it over the Sun, and adjust mode and opacity until it looks right.

Ive done this as an example. I would also suggest trying a duo tone as theres very little colour in it.


paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2012 7:32PM
I think I'm with the crop - the sun is a bit too much. Might even crop nearer the letterbox format than the mods - not too sure about the pasted clouds Willie - looks a bit un-natural. Realise it's not easy to do on a 600 pixel image.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
1 Feb 2012 9:01PM
Yep, - doesnt look great here Paul, but its an idea you can play around with, - sometimes works, sometimes not.

2 Feb 2012 7:31PM
Wow, nice feeling to this image, sun to big and bright for me, though and yes letterbox format would look great, but then you need to show something to justify the highlights on the sand and water, if you crop the sun off you can add the moon via photshop using a set of free brushes called planets and stars (something like that), search for free photoshop brushes in browser will bring loads up, then convert from dusk to moonlit pic.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2012 3:26PM
The moon idea is good, but I try and build up my of stock file - I have hundreds of skies taken under different conditions and numerous sun and moon shots in different stages. I like to produce my own to ensure resolution matches and there can be no copyright issues. However, your point is good general info.

xwang 8 56 8
3 Feb 2012 6:08PM
Paul, I love the silver feeling of this one. I don't think the sun should be cropped off totally. I prefer leave a bit edge of it, to tell the source of the light.And it might be more three light ponits..What do you think? (I'll upload MOD)
I don't know what the colour of moon light. If you do, just one thought,the sun light made the photo with a bit warm colour , should it be a bit whiter under the moon light?Pherhaps more changes are needed...
Beautiful clean image..
Is it dangerous "Exposed for the sun " with 25/250 long lens? I heard that it would damage eye and sensor unless with a kind of filter, is it called gradient filter?SmileI'm still struggling to remember all the names..Grin
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2012 8:13AM
Helloo Jaz,

Like the mod - works well. The brief second it took to shoot this is OK but you must not stare at the sun with eyes or camera as you know. The camera tends to protect itself within reason, but I used to have a Fuji bridge camera that crashed if pointed at the sun and had to have the batteries removed and replaced to re-boot.

I would be a bit doubtful about using live view directly at the sun as the sensor is then uncovered and getting the full treatment for an extended time - with normal shooting, the shutter blind is protecting to sensor. I would have thought the modern DSLR would actually be OK though, or the manufacturers would warn us more.

I would be very careful with direct viewing or binoculars though.

xwang 8 56 8
5 Feb 2012 11:04AM
Thank you very much for your knowledge,Paul.Smile

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