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Old September 9th, 2012, 03:46 AM
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Local Sunset

I call it local because its 1.9 air miles, 2.5 road miles to this particular favorite location at a nearby park from where I frequently shoot sunsets. I say frequently because I can get to it so relatively quickly as conditions develop....and I'm usually catching the last part of the "show" by the time I grab my gear and get there.

All are SOOC and simply resized only.

1. At 7:42 PM and midway thru the sunset, we're transitioning from the yellows to oranges...but also lots of dark clouds.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 310
ISO-100, f-11, 1/10 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

2. After waiting and looking/shooting other angles from south to northwest looking for interesting developing shots, 26 shots later the light started to get good as it transitioned into the red then magenta phase of sunset at 7:58 PM.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 100
ISO-100, f-16, 2 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

3. As with #2, shooting somewhat southwest over Puget Sound's McNeil Island (right) and Anderson Island (left) with the Longbranch Peninsula in the background.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 190
ISO-100, f-16, 2 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

4. Finally at 8:02 PM a relatively narrow, low band of clouds on the horizon lent themselves to the last light for a few moments as follows, shooting directly west below the southern end of the Olympic Mtns.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 300
ISO-100, f-16, 5 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

5. And another as I played with compositional positioning of the sky, land, and water.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 300
ISO-100, f-16, 5 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

6. And at 8:04 PM I captured the last on that night's "show".

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 400
ISO-100, f-16, 5 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

Your comments & critique are appreciated.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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Re: Local Sunset

these are awesome Russ !! LOVE the colors and composition you achieved there, beautiful reds and nice mountain structures against the blues of the waters below,, very nicely done !! I take it from all the "sooc" work youre not much into PP huh very nice !! its nice to have sites like that so close to you, I only wish I was that close to my favorite beach, I could just shoot over there anytime the skies were looking right
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Old September 9th, 2012, 06:00 AM
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Re: Local Sunset

Beautiful captures of these wonderful sunsets. It's amazing how only one minute can change the coloring in the sky.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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Re: Local Sunset

Numbers 4,5&6 are the best on my monitor Russ, I love the colors in the sky and the Water.
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Re: Local Sunset

I think there is an impression in the photography world that sunrises and sunsets are easy to photograph. Of course, they have even spawned a rule for the Golden Hour. I, however, have found they're no easier than any other photographic endeavor.

While you captured a great series of wonderful colors and sky textures, it seems to me 2 and 3 could use a stronger subject. That is what makes 4-6 so strong with a stronger focus on the mountains. It's kind of funny: as I was scrolling through 4 and 5, I thought with blue as a "heavier" color than the reds and oranges in the sky, you could crop out some of the water, and then in 6 that's what you did. While the skies aren't as powerful as in number 5, the composition feels stronger and more balanced. It's my favorite of the series.

I really appreciate most, however, the fact you keep going back, each time learning something new.

BTW, there seems to be a bit of sensor dust in the upper quarter, center frame. May be time for a sensor cleaning!
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Old September 9th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: Local Sunset

I like numbers 2 and 5 the very best, but they are all beautiful!
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Old September 10th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: Local Sunset

Jim, Marty, Bill, Tim, & MrsK,

Thanks for the comments. Doubtlessly a bit of adjustments and/or other PP could improve these....but that'll come later this fall along with short, rainy days. Until today the sun has been shining on an almost record breaking run (49 days vs record 51 without rain).
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Re: Local Sunset

Very well done! I too like the colors of the later shots, but i really like the composition in #3. I have always tried capturing the sunset, but could never achieve the colors that you have in your shots...any tips? Have you changed any of your settings in your camera? Like the color settings of the kelvin?
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Re: Local Sunset

Great series Russ. There #4 takes first in class for me personally, but all are lovely images.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Re: Local Sunset

isldgl & Jesse,

Thanks for your feedback.

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..............Have you changed any of your settings in your camera? Like the color settings of the kelvin?
I used to shoot sunrises/sets using AWB or occasionally "cheat" by using the Shade or Cloudy settings. These expect a bluer light and therefore bias everything to a warmer setting, thus tricked into further emphasizing the actual warm colors of rises/sets. Now I principally just use Daylight setting, disallowing AWB to bias AGAINST the warm hues. For giggles, and dramatic effect, I have occasionally taken a shot or 2 using Fluorescent setting. It works well in certain circumstances, not so well in others.

Otherwise, these are SOOC, ie straight out of the camera and unprocessed.
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