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Old Jul 12, 2012, 4:30 PM   #1
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I would appreciate comments on the composition and how I can improve capturing sunsets. We have some spectacular ones in winter over the mountains and I would like to be prepared for them. I know a larger sensor would help but at the moment a DSLR is but a dream.
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 8:25 PM   #2
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While I like to take sunset pictures with interesting silhouettes, I think the silhouette of the tree takes up way to much of the frame and takes away from the sunset itself. Also, if you wait until the sun is a bit lower in the sky, just below the horizon, sometimes the colors get more vivid.
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Old Jul 13, 2012, 1:14 PM   #3
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The photo leaves me wondering, what was your main subject the tree or the sunset. Don't think the 50/50 split of subjects is working well in your shot.
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I personally would have timed it to have the sun just breaking out from behind the cloud, or maybe when it was further down between the hills, for me the sun being in the picture like it is detracts. I also think with the sun obscured by clouds or partially obscured by the land you would have gotten a longer shutter time and maybe more details. I also agree that the right 1/4 of the frame could be cropped to remove some of the tree.
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I would crop the photo to eliminate the entire right half and try color saturating whats left just a bit.
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Cropped and sun moved to behind the cloud, with a bit of colour saturation.
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Thanks for the tips. I thought there was too much tree. The clouds were sea mist after a very hot humid day. Still a lot to learn.
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