Let's give RCNaylor some sunrises and sunsets

alisandeJune 24, 2009

The request has been made, and we're more than happy to fill it, right? Here's three from me:

Sunrise in back of my barn.....

Sunset on Christmas Eve 2004. I pulled over to catch this one......

A late October sunset.....

Okay, next......?

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ronf_gw

Happy to oblige,

From last Winter, which looks so refreshing now that we're having temps. in the 90's. (Minnesota land of extremes)

And a Maui sunset.

Ron

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 8:29AM
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gmom74

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 1:09PM
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rcnaylor

Nice!

It never ceases to amaze me how different the same sun can look. From warm to frigid. Radiant to sullen.

Great pics guys. Thanks for sharing them.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 1:41PM
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debs3

Half Moon Bay, CA on January 13, 2009 and January 13, 2008

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 3:19PM
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solstice98

Stormy Florida sunset

Kate

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 6:59PM
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solstice98

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 7:00PM
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ronf_gw

Kate, your second pic is awesome.

Ron

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 7:20PM
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crunchpa

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 7:35PM
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Konrad___far_north

Beautiful everyone!!

Perhaps some of these you have seen before?

Konrad

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:02PM
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pfmastin

Beautiful, everyone!

Kill Devil Hills, NC

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:26PM
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rcnaylor

All I can say is "Uhh AHH!" A great group of pics.

If you want to peruse a "few" more of mine, there is a link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunrise and sunset pics

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 11:16PM
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kentuck_8b

In front of my house sunset.

In front of my house sunset.

Santa Anna river bottom sunset.

At my place in the country sunset.

Outside my driveway sunset.

Front yard sunrise.

Front yard sunset.

'Hat' sunrise looking back toward my house from the road.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 11:18PM
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summerwine

what a fun idea...these are all so pretty!

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lianne :o)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 2:35PM
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pfmastin

Now, I've got to know. :) Are all these SOOC or do you do something to enhance the beautiful colors. Do you up the saturation? I wanna know how!

Pam

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 4:28PM
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alisande

Mine haven't been tampered with. I have a thing against oversaturation, which I see a lot on the Internet. I sometimes have to adjust the hue for accuracy, but that's it. I've witnessed some sunsets (like Konrad's first shot, above) where the colors look too intense to be real--but they were.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 5:31PM
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solstice98

Mine aren't enhanced either. Typical colorful semi-tropical Florida sunsets!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 6:21PM
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summerwine

mine either, they were taken with two different cameras...sometimes i get lucky :o)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:33PM
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rcnaylor

Most of mine aren't enhanced. And, like mentioned above, some of the brightest ones I actually tried to tone down a little.

But, on some I do bump up what my editor calls "shadow" which has the tendency to bring out some of the colors some. But, most of the time the "real deal" I was trying to capture is more vivid than any edits I make anyway.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 8:04AM
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pfmastin

Thanks so much, everyone, for the insight. Your photos are awesome and so are the subjects. What a great thread, Alisande.
Pam

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 8:30AM
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solstice98

We had another spectacular sunset last night! Extremely red and lots of different cloud types. Had no idea what the weather would be but ended up with a calm evening.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 4:52PM
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rcnaylor

LOVE that diffuse lighting effect you had last night!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 7:22PM
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kentuck_8b

The only thing I adjust is the shutter speed, all else is done with the camera set on AUTO.

I take several at different speeds, then choose the one I like best.

Nice pics, everyone.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 11:40PM
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gor-gor

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 8:24PM
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rcnaylor

Last night

I was in a rush to get to something important but snapped this not so great pic of a very nice sunset.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 7:27AM
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rcnaylor

And, fwiw, this is a good pic to discuss editing on. The image above was edited some, and needs way more than I could get to approach the real sunset. While a photographer can take a mundane "scene" and jazz it up with editing, the editing to the one above is really about compensating for not capturing the real scene.

Mostly as a matter of contrast, I suppose, I didn't get the real image of the great brilliant "silver lining of the thunderhead and the halloween orange of the lower strata. Also add in the dark purple of the passing storm. I can discuss this freely because I didn't have time to even try to take great photo. Getting all those things, in my experience, is hard enough even if you have the time to try.

So, editing, when it imparts something that isn't there, can be a little , what,inaccurate? often editing helps but still doesn't make up for the difference in the image and the scene. Photographic skill, ha, and equipment. Personally, I have no reservations in trying to edit to make up for any lack of skill or luck in getting across what I was seeing/taking. I can understand if some purists see that differently.

And, here is another one from last night where the bright part (thunderhead) contrast gets blown out, but the darker parts of the pic down lower have better detail.

In the big picture, pardon the pun, its hard to get pure white and halloween orange in the same picture. The eye can see it, but getting the camera to capture that great of contrast, for me at least, is hard.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 9:29AM
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pfmastin

Thanks, rc,
I appreciate you taking the time to give your thoughts on editing the sunsets. There are times when nothing more or less than the original is wanted or needed but at other times it's just downright fun to play with something and tweak it to get what makes me happy. I am such an amateur, but like you, I have no reservations about post processing an image.

I have enjoyed this thread so much, everyone. Many times I am disappointed with my own nature shots because my image cannot convey the feeling? ambiance? at the time I snapped the picture. I need to work on telling the story. But the photos in this thread have done exactly that.
Pam

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 8:54AM
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rcnaylor

Two from last night while this thread is still around. Not a dazzler, but I kind of liked the nuances in the sunset one. Though maybe not easy to see on bulletin board sized pics.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 8:37AM
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mmorange

The windmill silhouette is awesome! There are some real good pictures on this string everyone!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 9:20PM
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