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Sunset Over Cronton
Sunset Over Cronton
WendyWoo


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Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Cronton, Merseyside
Date: Feb 6, 2008
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2500 s
Galleries: Sky, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2008

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02/07/2008 07:38:15 PM
Originally posted by eyewave:

Beisdes it is slightly underexposed, I have to say it is a bit soft and there is banding in some areas of the sky (banding: lack of smooth transitions between tones). Composition is ok, but copuld be enhanced through cropping off 10-15% at left.
Overall not bad for a first try (I did worse).


Just found out that the 'banding' was because I'd posted it in 'gif' format. Duh! I've now reposted it as a jpeg. Hope this solves the problem!
02/07/2008 10:24:41 AM
You didn't post the settings used for this shot. I see that it is shot at longer focal length than the "Cronton View" image. If the wind is not blowing, I use a small aperture, about f11, and low ISO if I have a tripod. This helps with keeping all the elements from foreground to background sharper, and the low ISO helps with the noise in the shadow areas.
I also usually wait for the sun to get below the horizon, or put it behind something to keep it from being too bright in the image. Some sunsets look best in photos as long as 20 minutes or so after the sun disappears. In processing I use shadows / highlights and color temp/ tint adjustments to try to make the colors suit me.
I like your "Cronton View" image because it's a wider shot, and it keeps a little of the blue in the sky to color contrast with the orange.
Have a look at the available settings with your camera, and see if there are some that will enhance this kind of shot, in particular, if there is a cloudy day setting, it may make colors stronger.
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02/07/2008 09:52:30 AM
Beisdes it is slightly underexposed, I have to say it is a bit soft and there is banding in some areas of the sky (banding: lack of smooth transitions between tones). Composition is ok, but copuld be enhanced through cropping off 10-15% at left.
Overall not bad for a first try (I did worse).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/07/2008 09:48:08 AM
For a first sunset, it's very nice.

Comp[osition is good, the position of the sun and horizon in particular.

The tree branches look good against the sky and good texture in the clouds.

You could try some things with the exposure and hue/saturation tools, you might get something you like even better.
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02/07/2008 09:46:59 AM
I agree that it is too dark, too much detail is lost. This is because your camera adjusts to the light of the sun, which is quite a lot. Next time, try waiting until the sun has just disappeared. You'll still have the great colours of a sunset, but not the bright sun. Other options are overexposure or bracketting, and then use HDR software.
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02/07/2008 09:45:45 AM
The composition is pleasing and the sky is lovely and drama-filled. I have to agree that it's a bit darker than necessary, though.
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02/07/2008 09:40:50 AM
I'm at work where my monitor is not the best, but it looks overall a little too dark to me. Sunsets are a tough task where it's hard to get a good level of illumination without the sun becoming a blown mess. If you're using a recent version of Photoshop, try a little "shadows/highlights" to see if you can recover some detail from the darker areas.
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