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    Sunsets

    This is probably one of the first times that I've had a play with longer exposures and sunset shots. I was hoping to get a bit of C&C mixed with some advice for next time please. Be as harsh as you like - I'm a big boy and can take it.

    If I can start:
    - I don't think I got the focus quite right on a couple of the shots. The foreground is quite soft in areas.
    - I thought the composition was OK in most cases
    - In terms of PP, I thought I did OK in the colours for most of them


    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Sunsets

    Hi Ricco, It can sometimes be tricky to get the right exposure this late in the day, particularly as the contrast increases towards dusk. I would try a tripod to help with soft images and if it is too dark to get a good focus, try manual focus using the distance settings on the lens. You may want to also experiment with bracketing exposures, say +2EV, normal, and -2EV. One question I have for all three shots is what do you see as the subject?

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    Re: Sunsets

    Hi Ricco,

    Normally, placing the horizon through the centre is "sub-optimal" - also the orientation of the shot is dictated by the lines in the shot - in this case the natural lines (horizon) run horizontally - so a landscape orientation would probably have worked better.

    As a rule, shoot at a small aperture (large F number) (F16 is good), and focus about 1/3 of the way into the foreground.

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    Re: Sunsets

    Can't do much to fix the softness, but you get the idea ...

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