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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Another 'boring' sunset from Norway...

...is what they all say when looking at this thread. I can hear them, and I don't blame them.

But, as I said in another thread (http://forums.steves-digicams.com/la...-seasmoke.html), we only have about 4-5 hours of daylight during winter-time. Ususally the light is very flat in the winter and not particulary exciting for photos. Early morning and late afternoon brings som change in this monotone light.

So was this day, really. There was this haze or almost light fog all day, trying its best to cover the sun, which only peaked out once in a while. In addition to that, the seasmoke coming off the water and rising in small puffs, contributed to the already existing haze.

Stubborn, as I am, I went 'hunting' with that slight off-chance that the sun might just break trough in time - and it did!! Pay-off big-time!


I have never seen such a big sun-dial. At least not a sun-dial that I could take a picture of, without hurting my eyes and getting blown areas in the pictures. I wished I had a bigger tele-lens to really get that red sun. But all i have is my 14-45mm kit-lens.....

Here are the 3 stages of this sunset:



# 1 - The sun is touching this cloud-bank on the horizon.





# 2 - A perfect sun-dial masked slightly by some stray-clouds.




# 3 - That cloud-bank on the horizon is swallowing up the sun and the colors are getting paler.



Hope you like it - in spite of my repetitive sunset and sunrise-pictures.....

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:34 PM   #2
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the sun, cloud and reflection are simply gorgeous, particularly in shot #2, which is easily my favorite of this set. i think #2 you could crop off some of the bottom, and it would be even better, the interest here is the gorgeous sun, the snow in the foreground isn't adding much.
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the sun, cloud and reflection are simply gorgeous, particularly in shot #2, which is easily my favorite of this set. i think #2 you could crop off some of the bottom, and it would be even better, the interest here is the gorgeous sun, the snow in the foreground isn't adding much.
I agree with regards to the snow in the foreground. The tracks where people have walked tend to be a distraction (I do realize though how difficult it is to find untrampled snow at this time of year).

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I must second Dustins and bluenose's comments on this series - colors, reflections, clouds and of course the sun itself are amazing! My favourite is also #2, maybe you could do a little crop taking the snow away - is it possible to show more of the sky? That would be something I like to see
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...i think #2 you could crop off some of the bottom, and it would be even better, the interest here is the gorgeous sun, the snow in the foreground isn't adding much.

Like this, maybe...? And thank you for your comments, Hards80.
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...maybe you could do a little crop taking the snow away - is it possible to show more of the sky?...
More sky? I think I did some with more sky as well, but I have to tone-map another series in which the sun is brighter, though. It looks like this:


BTW - Thank you for your kind words, maggo85!
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To round off this series - a 'boring' sunset in 3 - Now 4 stages, I'll just post this last shot I took of essentially the same scene, before I packed it in and went somewhere else to take pictures, like the shot in http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ph...afternoon.html which is the same waters and place, just pointing my camera into the opposite directions.

But first this one her, which shows just how hazy it was out there with the seasmoke coming off the surface of the water.


Cold and warm - The sun is gone now, all we have left now is seasmoke and a candy-colored sky.


I hope you have enjoyed this little experiment, as I have, just by taking the pictures!!
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Walter, your pics are never boring to me. They're always dazzling. I am perenially a student of your pics.
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I really like the big sky edit you did for Maggo. Really emphasizes the gorgeous sun and sky/reflections.
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 1:12 PM   #10
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The edit you did for Dustin is better than your three initial pics - for me it looks better if there's not so much snow in the foreground!

What can I say, thank you for your edit - I think the sky of the without-snow-version is an absolute beauty, the colors are TERRIFIC! This is definitely my cup of tea Walter

When it comes to your last shot without the sun I have to say that the snow doesn't bother me it all - maybe it's because of the different composition? What do I know...
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