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Old Jan 13, 2006, 8:00 AM   #1
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I'm new to digital photography - the S2 is my first digital camera. I'm having trouble getting the rich colors of reds and pinks to come out on sunsets. I've tried a polarizing filter, but it's still too bright. The area around the sun seems to wash out the rest of the picture.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Old Jan 13, 2006, 9:44 AM   #2
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A polarizer doesn't help for sunsets as you have discovered. There is a type of graduated neutral density filter that is darker in the center and graduates out, but that is pretty specialized and you can probably do OK without it.

I like to spot meter on different parts of a sunset scene. That not only gives different exposures but varies the white balance in interesting ways. You pre-meter by aiming it at part of the scene, pushing the shutter halfway to meter and focus on that part, then recompose while holding the shutter halfway and push the shutter the rest of the way when you have the composition you like.

You can also set the camera to bracket exposure and use burst mode.

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