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 Post subject: Sunset
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:19 pm 
My first beach sunset ... ahem .. with the D40X

Not very good at this and just starting out.
Last week was extremely windy and everything got trashed.
This week was better and more ideal but not sure about my techniques.

These were taken in raw - but I only import and export them via LR (basically to get a smaller file :oops: )
No changes except for this one crop.

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The rest are as is..

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Comments for improvement ?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:33 am 
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I don't know wny but the "ahem" in your beginning sentence cracked me up. It's a really good pic due to the colors of the sun and the sort of uncolors of everything else. I looked at it for quite a while.

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I think they look great David - if you want a criticism though, I'd only say watch out for your horizon lines on these kind of shots and make sure they're perfectly straight. I feel I can say this because mine are invariably wonky!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:27 am 
Thanks Amokster and Gordon.

I'll try and straighten the horizon next time, Will be difficult to do without the grids on the viewfinder though.

I see I have much to learn after I saw Zorro's gallery at pbase.
I'm no where near the standard.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:22 am 
Both photo's are very good, but i find the first one slightly better. The placing of the boat and horizon looks more balanced in the first pic.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:17 am 
Hi again

Had another go at this

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Check out the scene moments after the sunset...


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Comments ?

Gordon - I tried to aligned the horizon using the Viewfinder AF points.

DavidL


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:24 am 
WOW! Beautiful!!! Just beautiful! Good bless sunsets! Right now I can`t find better words! I’m just enjoying!

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:32 am 
Very nice! Look like potential HDRs as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:36 am 
Very nice David! I really like the 2nd one...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:53 am 
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That second shot is superb mate. Definitely one to be proud of. The only "mistake" you're making, as others have pointed out, is not accurately levelling the horizon. Don't Panic! Lol. I'm not sure about Lightroom but most image editors have a tool for levelling horizon's (or any straight line).

I see you're using a Nikon so it really would be worth considering the purchase of Capture NX. That would allow you to straighten the horizon while it's still in RAW state and so won't be damaged in the process. Keep at it mate, things will only improve. You already clearly have an "eye" for this lark. That's really all you need, the rest will follow.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:35 am 
Thanks all, those encouragement keeps all of us going.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:55 am 
Fantastic shot, David.
I love the second picture which show the harmony of peace between the sunlight and cloud.
How beautiful is the sky in Malaysia.
It does inspiring me a lot. :P


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:08 am 
Very nice David. I took a peek full sized and they get even better.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:23 am 
Hi David, I just caught up with these...they're gorgeous! Wish I could have had sunsets like that on my holiday!

Great work :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:09 pm 
Nice David. I seem to suffer from the same degree of "tilt" as you ;) If you have any tips for getting a properly aligned shot then please share. In the mean time I have to fix them in photoshop :(.

Again nice pictures


~Brandon


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