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Old Mar 8, 2006, 6:29 AM   #1
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im having trouble getting a descent image from a sun set

Ionce i have taken it it comes up as if its painted

what settings should i use??
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 7:32 AM   #2
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I am not sure what you mean by "painted" Can you use PS or PSP and reduce the image in size and post it here so we can see what you mean?
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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I shoot a lot of sunsets, and they come out fine on my DS2. I usually use JPG***, Image Tone Normal (though I often increase the saturation in postprocessing), Saturation 0, Sharpness +1, Contrast 0, and Daylight WB. I find I often need to do exposure compensation to keep the sky exposure where I want. That varies a lot depending on foreground, how much of the sun is in the photo, etc...I just try something, look at the LCD, adjust, and try again. You could try bracketing your exposures.

Let us have a look at one that bothers you...I, too, don't know what you mean by "painted." Tell us what camera and lens, too.

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Old Mar 9, 2006, 5:22 AM   #4
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Here is one, it just does't quite look right around the sun
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 8:09 AM   #5
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Are you using raw or jpg? If you are using raw, are you using ACR to convert? I've found that sometimes ACR doesn't alwayshandle super-bright highlights very well and will show them as being blown-out/blotchy, where the Pentax software does a much better job. Your example looks similar to some of mine when I've had that happen. Just one thought.
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I seldom take a sunset with the sun in full view & have never recognised any problems that can't be enhanced to better effect in PhotoShop.
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 9:13 AM   #7
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Here's another with the sun just visible through cloud above the mountain top
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 3:13 PM   #8
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im only new to the whole digital side of things, whats better about raw?
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It's the natural output from the CCD so that you have total control over the resulting image BUT it takes time to process & get used to.

After almost a year of JPEG*** shooting, I found that Pentax PhotoLab v2 (NOT v2-1) on AUTO produced JPEG shots that had that extra sharpness and punch that was missing from JPEG***. Additionally, if you spend a bit of extra time on those shots that don't quite make it, you can post process to redress some shortfalls which would be outside the scope of JPEG captures i.e. wrong colour balance.
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 5:36 PM   #10
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wrong WB and wrong Ev by about 2Ev

add shadow detail. this one i really like..

better contrast adj.
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