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jack2964

Sunset with new toy.

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I've only ever used long lenses till a few days back when I took delivery from Lazada a cheapo Canon 50mm f1.8 STM.

Unable to find a willing subject, I took it out to my neighbourhood dam and tried my hand in capturing the sunset.

Please critique freely as to the composition, framing etc and also the post processing bits. I've incuded the 'raw' original but converted to jpeg.

I used ACR only tweaking White balance, Contrast, Shadows, Highlights, Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation and probably some other sliders I can't remember now.

Gear used: 7D; Man mode; ISO250; F5.6; SS 1/400

 

 

sunset01.JPG

sunset02.jpg

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I know....I wanted to capture the twin columns of cloud and I was already at the edge of the dam. But just for this time please ignore the lampost. :saai:

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Very nice colors and cloud formations - but I'd take the time to clone out the lamppost.  And that new lens will be great for portraits.

 

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Thanks Kinnock I do have other shots minus the lamppost and twin cloud columns. Would like to read comments if I have over saturated during PP.

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It's a photo of the sky, with a lamppost. If you take away the lamppost it is a photo of the sky. Suggest that a sunset shot works best if it provides a sense of place, the sky should be adding some drama to a scene. Some tips here: http://improvephotography.com/416/30-tips-sunset-photography/

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That's a great link. Thank you  very much FR! 

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I agree in that a sunset is usually in a context of where you are etc. If you remove the lamppost you just have a sky but nice colours

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For me the shadows in the bottom is overdone. You got this white area over the trees and also the bottom of the famous lampposts get more clear. 

But else it is nice colors.

 

Overdone.JPG

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