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    So, help me understand.

    Some of these sunset photos blow me away.

    Some are just OK.

    What makes the difference?

    Give me some hints.

    I love to watch susets. But I have the worst time trying to fit that huge sky into my itty bitty screen.

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    Slap, compose, slap, release shutter, slap, too many mosquitos on short final for me! Back to the boat!
    I think composition, technical execution, colors (saturation, hue purity) all play a role in making an image OK or much better than OK.
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    Gorgeous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    So, help me understand.

    Some of these sunset photos blow me away.

    Some are just OK.

    What makes the difference?

    Give me some hints.

    I love to watch susets. But I have the worst time trying to fit that huge sky into my itty bitty screen.

    Voni
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    That's a dang good question, Voni. Of the ones that you like, what do they have in common? Color? Composition? Something else?

    I think a good sunset is generally a bit underexposed, making the colors more rich, more orange. In addition, some of these are quite wide-angle while others are rather extreme telephoto. That compression or expanse adds drama to the image.

    I think sunsets are a bit like other scenery pictures. Some sunsets are gorgeous, others, ho hum. You can't get a bad sunset on a trip to Hawaii. During California's recent wildfire's, we had spectacular sunsets because of all the lingering smoke.

    Ingredients for a successful sunset seem to be location, timing, and a few tricks. Here are some resources:

    Five Tips to Capturing the Last Glow of Daylight

    How to Take Great Photographs of Sunsets (NY Institute of Photography)

    Six Tips for Shooting Great Sunsets

    12 Tips for Photographing Stunning Sunsets

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    sunrises ain't to shabby.... Waiting for the sunrise on the Bonneville salt

    Sometimes the sky after the sunset or before the sunrise* is better than the actual event.

    *Edit to self: sunrise, sunrise, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by torags View Post
    sunrises ain't to shabby.... Waiting for the sunset on the Bonneville salt

    Sometimes the sky after the sunset or before the sunrise is better than the actual event.

    Just before sunrise is my favorite time to shoot. After the sun breaks the horizon "daylight" comes rather quickly. Often the objects basking in the "apenglow" are more interesting than the actual sunrise/set.











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    Some of it it timing...







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    Sunrise



    Sunset


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    Sunrise...



    Sunset


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    A couple of my favorite sunset pics.

    La Jolla, CA. I like this one because of all the people in silhouette, as well as the fantastic colors in the sky. Little tiny specs on the point in the distance are people too. Also the tall palm trees on the bluff.



    The colors on the river lead you up to the sky.
    Last edited by darcym; 03-30-2008 at 06:28 AM.

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    Last edited by torags; 02-13-2008 at 04:51 AM.

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    Looking east at sunset
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    Looking out our back door.



    Have a folder full of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Looking out our back door.

    Have a folder full of them.
    Me too

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    Sunrise can be good also.
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