December 4, 2020 at 9:27 am #55742December 4, 2020 at 9:31 am #55744December 4, 2020 at 9:33 am #55746December 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm #55784Lydia BennettParticipant
WOW, that is indeed a beautiful sunset!! Such a blanket of color in those clouds!
I’m noticing the silhouette aspect of the landscape, and thinking that would be something to capitalize on in this sort of situation. I see a windmill on the distant horizon, and I think if you were able to zoom in (or get closer to it) and make that and the trees on horizon a more prominent element in the photo, that would really complement the colorful sky. Just looking for those shapes to bring out as silhouettes against the sky.
That being said, I think my favorite photo of the three is the first one. The sunset fills the photo nicely, and I think the horizon line is placed well.December 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm #55803James StaddonKeymaster
Wow, spectacular! Yeah, sunsets are like shooting anything else. Fill the frame. Look for shapes that attract the eye, or lines that lead the eye. Like @bennett-family said, your first photo is great because it fills the frame with a lot of colorful texture. That’s the thing a lot of folks generally forget. That “mental zoom” thing. However, if there’s interesting patterns elsewhere in the sky, it could work to include them (like the last photo in this post). Watch how much silhouetted foreground is in the photo. Again the first photo is great. The second and especially third photo include a lot of black silhouetted foreground. Easy to include accidentally, when not much light is coming through the viewfinder and you can’t see exactly where the bottom edge of the frame is. 🙂 Been there. 🙂 The shapes silhouetted against the sky, I like to isolate or simplify, so there’s just one or two “subjects”. Most of the time it can be done by walking around or using focal length, but can also be done in post processing fairly easily using a basic spot remove (when working with complete silhouettes like this). You did a great job, for this being your first sunset. Correct exposure, no blown out highlights, and it’s sharp. Good job @tashavk. If you haven’t already seen it, here’s a video on Ideas for Better Sunset Photos.
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