Brenda Fishbaugh  

Sunset by Brenda Fishbaugh

February 2021 - Sunset

February 2021 - Brenda Fishbaugh


About the Image(s)

My photo from this month is an HDR sunset I shot here in Florida a month ago.

Canon 5D Mark IV, Tamron 15-30 wide angle, tripod, cable release, 3 frames HDR
ISO 100 26 mm focal length f/22 1/50 sec

I have only photographed a couple of sunsets using a tripod and bracketing. This was a test run to practice. I wanted to show the cypress knees (stubby roots in the foreground), reflections in our Lake Josephine (Sebring Florida) and the horizon. I bracketed 3 shots, as the foreground was black and the sunset was blown out.

Of course, it's not the prettiest sunset, but any suggestions so I am ready the next time for even a better capture? Too crunchy?

Thanks! Brenda

This round’s discussion is now closed!
20 comments posted

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Maybe over processed a bit but I like the horizontal layers, the starburst, the reflection, and the interesting foreground. Take some more - every sunset is different.   Posted: 02/05/2021 11:47:38
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Dean, take a look at my 2/13 version--I tried to remove some of the crunchiness. Would love your opinion!   Posted: 02/13/2021 12:44:17

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
The light rays coming from the sun are great Brenda. Reflections are perfect and make the pic. I would possible crop a little from the bottom of the pic but thats only a personal thought.   Posted: 02/06/2021 19:10:21
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Geoffrey, thanks so much. Did my 2/13 version improve or worsen my pic? I appreciate it!   Posted: 02/13/2021 12:55:15

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Brenda, I like this sunset a lot, and as you mentioned in your description, you wanted to emphasize the cypress stumps in the foreground, but I find them a little dark and with no details. Also I personally prefer the sun to be off center with the nice starburst effect. I also added some light to the foreground and cropped the image.   Posted: 02/09/2021 20:19:01
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Isaac, I've made the changes you've suggested. Better? Worse? Next steps? Thank you so much for stopping by and lending your eye to us!   Posted: 02/13/2021 12:56:03

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, the reflection is beautiful as well as the starburst sun. You have nice foreground interest, but as Isaac noted the cypress knees are quite dark. I agree with Isaac that a crop from the left side will help the image. Since you were on a tripod with a cable release you could have used a slower shutter speed to open up the shadows and keep the noise low with your iso of 100. I do feel that the overall image needs some softening. Good try though.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:42:47
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Candy, thanks for the tip on the shadows and low ISO. Do you think I'm making progress on my 2/13 version utilizing everyone's suggestions?
  Posted: 02/13/2021 12:56:59
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
I think you have done a fine job using the comments on your image to improve it. You have brought out details in the foreground, improved sun, better crop and softened the image.   Posted: 02/27/2021 11:47:17

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a pretty scene, with great color in the sky and water. I would prefer the sun not to be in the dead center of the composition.
I would crop out the cypress knees on the bottom as they are poorly lit and do not add to the composition. If you wanted to include them, you could have got closer and lower down to add emphasis.   Posted: 02/12/2021 14:06:05
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Mervyn, before I crop off my cypress knees, I wanted to try lightening them and I also unsharpened them. Better? Worse? Thanks!   Posted: 02/13/2021 12:58:00

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Oh, lots of great feedback! I've cropped and put the horizon and sun on the Thirds. I've darkened the blown out parts of the sun--too much? I've lightened the cypress knees--believable? I also used my adjustment brush in Lightroom to hopefully tone down the "crunchiness"--I removed sharpness, reduced clarity and texture off of much of it. Does that make it look soft in some areas? I painted in a vignette on the left side, since I had cropped away my vignette on the left. Additional thoughts?   Posted: 02/13/2021 12:39:52
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Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Nice, I like it.
  Posted: 02/13/2021 16:47:25
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Dean!
  Posted: 02/17/2021 12:50:19
Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This sure is a big improvement. Well done!   Posted: 02/14/2021 17:28:00
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I appreciate it, Mervyn! What was the name of the bird sanctuary where we photographed together 2-3 years ago? Is it open now?
  Posted: 02/17/2021 12:50:56

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I think each edit has gotten much better. The cropping was a great change and in my opinion helps to center the image. I think the reflections are really clear I'm the picture and the symmetry is nice. I also enjoy that the sun is not at the center of the image. It really adds a nice diagonal giving it a more dynamic feel.   Posted: 02/17/2021 11:55:06
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Jacob! I appreciate the feedback!   Posted: 02/17/2021 12:51:30

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I think each edit has gotten much better. The cropping was a great change and in my opinion helps to center the image. I think the reflections are really clear I'm the picture and the symmetry is nice. I also enjoy that the sun is not at the center of the image. It really adds a nice diagonal giving it a more dynamic feel.   Posted: 02/17/2021 12:19:01

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
This is a practice run !!! Wow....
I really like it. In a sunset, or sunrise, I find the clouds crucial. You also offer nice reflections in the water and interesting foreground.
I also agree with the various suggestions.
Another technique that can be used alone or in conjunction with bracketing, is the use of a graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky and keep the light on the lower portion of the image. These filters come in several varieties but the most common are: Hard and soft transition - as a circular filter or a rectangular filter that needs to be mounted on your lens. The advantage of the rectangular filters is that you can determine exactly where you want the transition to occur and composing your image without the horizon right in the middle. Another graduated neutral density filter is the inverted one where the top and bottom is clear but the center is graduated (rectangular).
If this is a practice run , I can wait to see what you can achieve with some practice!   Posted: 02/26/2021 15:44:38