June 20, 2018 at 7:19 am #31467John MachenParticipant
I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how they would better take these pictures. My camera seemed to be having trouble capturing the colors of the sunset…Does anyone know why? For the first picture I had to underexpose it, and then try to bring the color back in during editing. Thanks!!June 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm #31491Eliana FranzenburgParticipant
That first one is really cool! The only suggestion I have for the first one is maybe take two photos with one exposed for the tractor and one exposed for the sky and merge them in editing. I have never really done much editing like that but I know you can do it on Photoshop elements at least.
One thing I would change for the middle one is try and get a little more of the hay in focus. As it is, it almost seems to hurt my eyes trying to find what to focus on.
I like the last one a lot. I live on a farm as well and I’m always trying to get “artistic” photos of hay but have never really succeeded. 🙁June 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm #31531Sarah LewisParticipantJune 24, 2018 at 9:07 pm #31577John MachenParticipant
Thanks @elianafranzenburg! That would’ve been a great idea!! I’ll try that next time. Yeah I didn’t like the middle one as much, and the last one is my favorite.
Hey @sarahanne, that’s cool! One thing about your picture, I’m make it a little brighter and maybe have your focus point on the left/bottom rule of thirds. That might make it better…June 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm #31650James StaddonKeymaster
For most photos shooting directly toward the setting sun, you sorta have to choose whether you want to sky or the foreground to be exposed (like in your second or third shots).
So often at sunrise/sunset, I’ll look for good silhouette objects/shapes because I’ll generally want the color of the sky to be in the proper exposure.
Achieving detail in the foreground is possible, but it’s difficult. Attached is a recent attempt merging 5 different exposures in LR. The balance has to be just right, and you always have to watch for haloing in places of extreme contrast.
I would recommend lightening up your tractor shot and decreasing contrast. It’s ok if your sky is lighter. It looks dingy at that exposure.
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