setting sun

Evening Sun

As the evening sun drops below the horizon, a magical sky appears with shades of beauty. This is what shooting at the edges of day or night is all about. Each occurrence is a new adventure because you are never quite certain how the image will turn out. One of the first things I look for is clouds. Clouds hold color and sometimes create amazing patterns. It's as if nature took her paintbrush and stroked across the sky as if it were a canvas. With the sun below the horizon, it now shines it's light beneath the clouds which produces all sorts of wonderful colors. Various shades of orange, reds, blues, and other colors are the result.

Such was the case in the image below, taken on an unseasonably warm December evening.

Evening Sun
Evening Sun

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This was the beginning of the Blue Hour, a great time for shooting cityscapes, buildings and a host of other outdoor scenes.

Processing

A 3-shot bracket was opened in Photoshop CS6 where the Topaz Adjust filter was applied (0 exposure) to enhance the overall color. Next, a mask was applied to that top layer so I could mask in the boats and slips, which were too dark. I used the +2 exposure with a 35% opacity setting for this. To round things out, a little sharpening was added.

In other news:

I've been working on several special projects lately which have reduced my blog visiting time. I hope to catch up to your many fine works soon.

Next week (April 17th) I am doing an HDR presentation for the Washington School of Photography Camera Club. You can read more about it here.

Thanks so much for clicking by!

WSP Camera Club
WSP Camera Club
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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Sunset in the Hills

Sunsets, always fun to chase and always a mystery. You never know how they will turn out until the very moment you take the photo. Even then, what appears on the LCD may differ a good deal when you get inside the digital darkroom. Such was the case in today's shot. After patiently waiting for it to drop and form a perfect ball of fire, the clouds began to stream across the face of it, producing a different result. Don't get me wrong, I always enjoy these no matter the outcome but I think the uncertainty is part of the allure of chasing the sun in the first place.

Sunset in the Hills
Sunset in the Hills

It was a near perfect evening atop a hill in the Susquehanna River Valley as I took in this tranquil scene. I plan to return someday to catch the view in the opposite direction (East) where the sun rises over the hills and ridges. The sun chasing continues and so does the mystery of what you'll see. :-)

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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