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Farheen Riaz

member since: 11/23/2005

Tips on Sunset Photography

What do Know about sunset photography?

11/23/2005 10:08:57 AM

Justin G.
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member since: 7/13/2004
  Meter the sunset without the sun in the photo. Remember this reading, and since the camera meter is going to read it as middle-toned gray, bracket at the rated, +1 and +2. If you're using slide, bracket at 1/2 steps to get the desired impact you want.

11/23/2005 10:36:14 AM

Bob Cammarata
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member since: 7/17/2003
  Make sure to include a point of interest in the foreground.
A sunset without it is just that ... a sunset. (Translation: boring and cliche.)

11/23/2005 4:44:56 PM

Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  Welcome, Farheen! You'll need the following:
some knowledge of weather
remote release
wide angle lens
good color film
a body of water, not essential, but makes for a great reflection
no power lines or poles
patience ... i.e., hang around after the sun sets ... many times that is when the colors come alive
hth, sam

11/24/2005 10:21:41 AM

Bob Cournoyer
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member since: 2/9/2003
  And don't forget while you are focusing on the sunset to turn around and see what the sunset has done to anything behind you ...:-)

11/24/2005 2:26:39 PM

Michael McCullough

member since: 6/11/2002
  I underexpose by 1\2 to a full stop to bring out the colours,simple stuff and it works!

11/30/2005 10:15:56 AM

Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  thank you.

11/30/2005 7:50:15 PM

John Sandstedt
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member since: 8/8/2001
  Be sure you don't stare at the sun directly and for too long, especially if you're using a telephoto lens.

Try using a polarizer and meter with the lens pointing directlly at the sun. Sounds crazy after Justen's method, which is generally the accepted way to meter for a sunset. But, you'll be amazed at the manner in which the image can be "burned in."

12/14/2005 5:50:47 AM

Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  yeah john I have several of those because of the angle,but a few years ago.not since then.thanks again for the input,and I hope we pay attention and learn.

12/14/2005 6:54:07 PM


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