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Colorful sunset

Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by Cowaan, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Cowaan

    Cowaan Member

  2. Ffolrord

    Ffolrord Well-Known Member

    A pretty sky alone doesn't make a great photo. This is a pretty sky but the foreground doesn't do it justice.
     
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Yes, I'm afraid it defines why people call them ABS shots. There is one every day. They follow eachother endlessly. Since they are so easy, the bar for a good one is quite high.
     
  4. Myopic George

    Myopic George Well-Known Member

    What does ABS stand for?
     
  5. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    Another bl%%dy sunset.:rolleyes:
     
  6. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    1) Choose a location where you've got something a bit more interesting / pleasant than a housing estate in the foreground.

    2) Balance the exposure between sky and foreground so that you can see some of the detail in the foreground. You can do this in several ways, including using a graduated neutral density filter, using multiple exposure blending high dynamic range techniques, or lifting the shadows in post processing.

    You might also want to experiment with taking shots at different times around sunset - sometimes the best pictures are made any time up to an hour or so after the sun dips below the horizon.

    Also, consider looking in the opposite direction, and photographing whatever the lovely golden light is illuminating.
     
  7. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

    I agree with all of that.
    The ND grad filters are necessary IMO.

    The sunset is not usually the reason for the shot as such but the time to take it because the light on/aorund the subject.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  8. Vivid Blue

    Vivid Blue Well-Known Member

    I think you have to be honest - is it really a colourful sunset? If the horizon was clear those clouds might have been lit red if you waited, but this seems to be one of those disappointingly dull ones that happens. Next time you need to get into a more picturesque area and find something to frame the sky against - think has any great landscape image been taken on a housing estate? Don't be disheartened though, the cloud formations are pretty nice just you need to think how to work them better next time
     

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