So I went looking for a good place to shoot the sunset tonight (as part of my prep for the upcoming maternity shoot). There's a big reservoir by us and I've never ventured up to it, as I didn't know how to get to it. But I found an access road to it tonight, and that's where I shot this.
I'm thinking that I should have closed my aperture a LOT more than I did. I'm kicking myself, because while these are nice on an amateur level, it's not what I wanted. I can't believe I didn't remember to close it up. I say that I "totally blew it" because the sun is just way too "fuzzy".
Anyhow, thought I'd share them anyway. And at the same time, I'd like to know what ap you typically use when shooting a sunset (if you happen to shoot the sun). I love sunsets, I just usually can't shoot them from the house because there are other houses in the way and when the sun goes down, it's time to put kids to bed.
I don't know how you caN'T blow a sunset.
I didn't mean blow like blowing the colors ... that's a given since it's the sun. I meant I blew it in terms of capturing it the way I wanted to. hope that makes sense.
It's still pretty I usually use f/11 AT LEAST but I believe I have gone up to f/22..
i usually close my ap as much as possible to get that starburst effect.
pretty pics still
Katie, mom to Claire.
I agree on the closed ap. I actually read that somewhere recently (I think DPS?) and started playing around with it, but it's definitely tricky! Here's one I did recently with my ap at f/20.
How exciting that you're going to do a maternity session, though! And good for you for practicing and finding your location ahead of time. I'd be doing the same thing. I can't wait to see how the photos turn out!
Brandi - that's a cool picture!!!
You know, I knew I needed a closed ap before, as I've done sunburst pictures. but I just forgot yesterday. and I hate it when I forget something important. I can't go back there tonight to try again, as I have a parents meeting at Natalie's new school during sunset. don't think I can do it tomorrow either. but I want to try again. I do like the reflection of the sun on the water, but I'm not happy with the overall sun in that picture.
is that a sign that I'm getting better, that I don't like a picture because of a technical error?
I am glad you asked this, b/c I was trying the SAME thing last night. We had a gorgeous sunset, and I want to find a way to capture the colors and the sun all in one. I really like your pics tough...I think it's pretty.
You're off to a great start here, Gwen. Personally ... I like the first one a whole lot. Has a really cool moody feel to it. The star burst would have been cool, but the rest of the overall image is really nice as-is.
I think your ambivalence IS due to your growth as a photographer. Practice makes perfect!