A Quick Tip For Better Sunset Shots

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Sunset Shots Made Easy

My favorite time of day has always been when the sun starts heading towards the horizon. Especially when there are swirling clouds in the sky to add some color and drama. You can make the scene more dramatic by making a few simple adjustments in your camera. The next time you’re enjoying a sunset take a few shots with different exposure settings. We’ve all taken pictures of sunsets, and I’d wager you were disappointed with the results from time to time. If you let the camera do the work for you, your image may look flat and uninspiring. That’s because the camera did what it’s suppose to, which is to get as close to an even exposure as possible, resulting in dull, unsaturated colors. Take control of the situation, and rescue your next image. I’m not saying you need to go to full manual mode, here is a much simpler solution. Turn your camera dial to aperture priority mode. The meter in the viewfinder or LCD will usually show a little graph ranging from -2 to +2 in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 stops depending on the camera and its current settings. Zero is considered (by the camera) to be the best, or correct exposure. Now find the exposure adjustment dial, and flick it a click or two so it reads a negative value. This is Exposure Compensation, you’re  telling the camera you don’t want to have it decide what a good exposure is. Take the shot, you should see a difference between the shot set at zero, and your new adjustment. The colors in the sky are more saturated, but watch out, if you adjust too far, the image will become too dark, especially below the horizon. Land features like hills, trees, buildings will begin to silhouette below around -1. Sunsets where there is water like a beach or lake are a little more forgiving because light will reflect off the surface. That’s it, now go out there and capture some great sunset shots, but first, take a look at a few examples.

Huntington Beach Pier At Sunset

Huntington Beach Pier At Sunset

Channel Islands Sunset

Channel Islands Sunset

Across The Valley

Across The Valley

Desert Sunburst

Desert Sunburst

Brooding Sunset

Brooding Sunset

 

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Favorite Foto Friday

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There was a time when I had this weekly thing called Favorite Foto Friday, things were going good, if not great, and all was right with the world. I’m not saying all is not right, at this moment, I AM saying that I got behind, then got lazy, then said, “To hell with it.”

Now I’m saying, “To hell with THAT laziness crap.” I’m jumping back into the driver’s seat again. I have a few weddings coming up that I am super excited about, and just came back from a mini photo tour of a few national parks that just so happen to sit in my extended back yard. I’m also looking forward to fall, and winter, my personal favorite time of the year.

I’m personally done with summer, and here is a fitting send off image.

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Layers

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Out For a Quick Shoot

Summer Sunset

Yesterday, I ran out to test a new lens, and to get a handle on how it feels. I’m not going to give you my scientific analysis, I’m just going to say I am very happy with the results.

The sun was just about to set when I headed out to Vasquez Rocks, and arrived just in time to have the sheriff close and lock the gates. I got out of the car, and turned my attention in the opposite direction, where there were several ranches and residences dotting the landscape.

Serene Golden Hills

Serene Golden Hills

This next shot was taken from a parking lot overlooking much of the Santa Clarita Valley. The light attracted me like a bee to honey.

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset

A Little Hike and Shooting With Wendy Wilson

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I got to shoot with the always fun, always beautiful, Wendy Wilson last Thursday. She knew of this little trail she wanted to show me, as well as show off her guitar. The guitar has a special little story of it’s own. It was originally her fathers, when he was about 13 years old, he painted it with stars and stripes. When Wendy acquired it, she was thinking of striping and repainting it, but found it had way too much character. I have to agree with her, and even told her so.

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Wendy Wilson – A Sunset Portrait

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I know I’ve been neglecting my Favorite Foto Friday posts,  it certainly isn’t because I haven’t been producing images, quite the opposite. Well, Favorite Foto Friday is back, and with a vengeance! Today’s image feature’s Wendy kicking back in the light of the setting sun.

Wendy

Wendy

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Beautiful Sunset Colors

Sunset Color

One of my earliest attractions to photography is sunsets. For me they have always held a special place in my heart, they are dramatic, the colors are bold, and if you miss one, you can catch another one the next day. I guess the same can be said about sunrises, but I am usually not to keen about waking up early enough to catch those often. Here is today’s Daily Quick-Shot, with some inspiring sunset color.

Sunset Color

Sunset Color

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Reflections in Sand

Reflections in Sand

You might say I’m a sucker for a sunset, or a reflection, and when you put the two together, I’m in heaven. The interplay of sky, water, and land have always been a huge draw for me. Sunsets dominated my photography growing up, and to a certain degree, still do. I just love ‘em.

Reflections in Sand

Reflections in Sand

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Canyon Gate Country Club Sunset View

Canyon Gate Country Club Sunset

Here is a view from the reception hall at the Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas. While the reception was under way, and the guests were eating, I took the opportunity to take a couple of shots of the sunset, it was too hard to resist. Besides, you shouldn’t have to be a club member, or have a reception to enjoy a view such as this, so I am sharing it with you. I  softened up the image (a lot), did some dodging and burning, added some contrast and viola!

Canyon Gate Country Club Sunset

Canyon Gate Country Club Sunset

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