An extremely unusual Sunset

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  1. allymac123

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    Well could be either sunrise or sunset but as I don't see a great many sunrises...

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    21mm | F/4 | 30s | ISO 100
     
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    Nice shot.

    It's a little let down by the softness of the foreground. I'm guessing that you set your focus on the horizon. Might be nice ot have some detail in the rocks as well.

    I'd go back and reshoot, it'll be worth it.
     
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    The softness is due to the sea moving over the 30s exposure. It annoys me too though!!

    I can bring out a bit more detail on the rocks by increasing the fill light in CS3 but obviously that introduces a fair amount of noise aswell. I did light the foreground with various burst from my flash on another frame but beacuse of the different colour cast it just looked extremely fake. (I guess a gel could have sorted that though?)

    I doubt it'll be possible to reshoot it ever again I'm afraid :(
     
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    You might be able to combine the shots. I'd like to see the flashed version, just to see what's possible.
     
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    I think I deleted the more heavily flashed one in camera. (one of those spur of the moment things I now regret) This is the only pic I have where I used flashes.

    I don't think it looks too bad although it does look a little unatural.

    Stopping down to F16 probably would have meant sharp rocks on this one but it also would have resulted in an exposure of ~8mins.
     
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    Its very "pretty" why might you be unable to reshoot it?
     
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    It's actually a flare being let off from an oil depot (or similar) accross the Forth. Obviously this doesn't happen very often and even when it does the with the 30min drive it takes to get to the forth it'll probably have dissapeared.

    I was lucky to catch it as I was already down next to the Forth taking pictures of a car.
     
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    The first one is a nice shot, but I agree with Liquid about the foreground.
    Actually when I scroll the page so that the bottom of it can't be seen (to about the height of the top of the big rock, bottom left) it looks more acceptable.

    The blacks on the right look a little too black to me, have you played with the contrast on this?
     
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    I still think it's a focus issue. The only way to get those rocks properly focused is to do it manually. You'll need a torch though ;)

    Upping the ISO to 200 and going to f8 would still give you an acceptable exposure time. At 20mm you'll get some good DOF field at f8 even close focusing on the rocks.

    You could even make 2 exposures, one for the rocks, one for the horizon line, and then do some hdr work in photoshop.

    It looks like a nice spot though - worth having another bash if you can.
     

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